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UsFolk 2 Launch Exhibition


Belfast illustration agency UsFolk puts itself in the frame with new exhibition to mark second year in business.

Two is the magic number as UsFolk, Northern Ireland’s first and only illustration agency, celebrates embarking on its second year of business with a new exhibition featuring an expanded roster of local and international talent.

The Belfast-based company, who designed the recent Belfast Book Festival artwork seen around the city and the Belfast Coffee Map, has expanded its roster of illustrators to include international as well as local talent. 

UsFolk Director Melvin Carroll said: 'When I started UsFolk a year ago, I wanted to make it easier for companies here to use illustration as a communication tool and to provide a hub for local illustrators to have their work showcased. The UsFolk studio provides a space for NI illustrators to work from and meet up and over the past 12 months we’ve built what feels like a small but close community. Word of the agency has spread and we started to get interest from illustrators from different part of the world who wanted to be part of our collective.

'As we move into our second year, we have now grown our roster of local illustrators and welcomed in some really exciting talent from the UK and Ireland, the US, Canada and Spain. Businesses here can now take advantage of a truly international portfolio of illustration talent to help them get their messages out there in a fresh and engaging way.'

UsFolk specialises in contemporary illustration. As well as recently completing work for the Belfast Book Festival and Belfast Coffee Map, the agency has also provided illustration work for Crescent Arts Centre, The MAC, Lyric Theatre, Victoria Square, River House Yard, The World Today and The Washington Post and hosted events at Culture Night and Belfast Pride.

The Usfolk 2 exhibition launches on Friday 9 June at the agency’s studio at 37 Queen Street, Belfast and runs until Friday, June 16. The exhibition will feature work from local artists including Stephen Maurice Graham, David McMillan and Jamie Beard and international illustrators including Cécile Gariépy (Montreal), Nicolas Valencia (Barcelona) and Fatti Burke (Dublin).

For further information, please contact Mel Carroll at UsFolk on 028 9032 5644 or 07969328945 or email