Belfast Art Venues
Review of Art Venues in Ulster, Northern Ireland: Exhibitions, Group/Solo Shows, Exhibiting Artists, Opening Hours.

Irish Art Exhibitions

The Gossips, by Belfast artist
William Conor

For reviews of major museums
of arts in Ireland, see:
- National Gallery of Ireland
- National Museum of Ireland
- Irish Museum of Modern Art
- Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin
- Chester Beatty Library
- Trinity College Dublin Library
- National Self-Portrait Collection
- The Hunt Museum (Limerick)
- Ulster Museum.

Belfast Art Galleries

As the capital of Northern Ireland and its leading centre of arts and culture, Belfast is home to a diverse range of art galleries. The most important is the Ulster Museum, followed by the Naughton Gallery at Queens, but there are numerous others ranging from the Ormeau Baths Gallery with its innovative exhibition and education program to the long established traditions of the Tom Caldwell Gallery. Here is a small selection of additional art spaces in the city. As well as their fine art, all have a good knowledge of the Irish art market and offer a variety of art consultancy services, as well as valuation and framing.

Bell Gallery
13 Adelaide Park
Phone: 028-9066-2998

Opened in 1964, and offered exhibition space throughout the 'Troubles', making it one of Belfast's longest established art venues, the Bell offers a wide range of Irish art, while specializing in modern British paintings, drawings and sculpture, and also nineteenth and twentieth century Irish painting and sculpture. Price range is 750-15,000 euros.

Although most of the best painting
and sculpture resides in national
museums and galleries, major
auction houses, like Sotheby's
and Christie's do obtain great
works from private collectors
for public sale. For a list of
top prices achieved, see:
Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings
Top 20 Most Expensive Paintings

For a list of the most valuable
works by Irish painters, see:
Most Expensive Irish Paintings.

Charles Gilmore Fine Art Dealers
Belfast City/Holywood
Phone: 028-9042-8555

Dealing in fine art for over 15 years, Charles Gilmore presents a wide choice of contemporary Irish Art as well as established artists like Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry, William Conor, Louis Le Brocquy, Colin Middleton, Paddy Lennon, Dan O'Neill and Gerard Dillon, as well as painters like Basil Rakoczi and Kenneth Hall from the White Stag Movement.

Gormley's Fine Art
251 Lisburn Road
Phone: 028-9066-3313

Founded in 1989, Gormley's is one of Ireland's leading art galleries with three venues - in Belfast, Omagh and Dublin. Presents high quality artworks from more than 100 major and up-coming Irish artists, including sculptures displayed in Omagh's dedicated sculpture gallery, and incorporating a wide range of art available under 1,000 euros. Gormley's galleries host regular major art shows and participates in numerous Arts Fairs and events throughout Ireland.

Emer Gallery
467 Antrim Road
Phone: 028-9077-8777

Presents nineteenth and twentieth century Irish art, alongside a range of contemporary artists from Ireland and overseas. Its specialties include Primitive Irish painting. Artists include Jimmy Bingham, Comhghall Casey, Sasha Harding, Noel Murphy, Rhonda Paisley, and Ross Wilson. Stages 7-10 exhibitions each year.

Nicholas Gallery
571 Lisburn Road
Phone: 028-9068-7767

Nicholas Gallery is one of Ireland's leading art galleries, dealing in contemporary as well as traditional Irish art. Works represented include drawings and paintings by Sean Scully, Jack B. Yeats, Tony O'Malley, Hughie O'Donoghue, Robert Ballagh, Louis Le Brocquy, William Scott, Barry Cooke and Peter Collis. Some of these artworks have rarely been seen in public.

Art Galleries Around the World

For the top venues, see: Best Art Museums.

• For details of other Ulster fine art exhibitions and collections, see: Irish Art Galleries.
• For details of the world's best museums, see: Homepage.
• For more about Belfast arts venues, see: Irish Art Guide.

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