Visual Arts

Creative Exchange Artist Studios

Creative Exchange Artist Studios have been active in East Belfast for the past 20 years, providing essential workspace for visual artists at all stages of their careers. As an artist led initiative they are renowned for the development of dynamic arts programmes and bespoke community engaged projects in the locality.  

Creative Exchange Artist Studios are passionate about supporting artists in their professional development. Their artists work on individual and collective projects, for example, Art in the Eastside, Ireland's largest outdoor exhibition. This year Creative Exchange Artist Studios celebrates their 20th Anniversary this year (2016), and to do so will be running the 20/20 Project - an ambitious celebration of their longevity and the growing visual arts scene in East Belfast. 20/20 will consist of an exhibition, an off site project, a symposium, artists talks and performances. More details to be announced soon!

Prime Collective

Prime Collective was founded by Belfast based artists/curators Charlotte BosanquetAlissa Kleist and Tonya McMullan in January 2011.

The collective provides a mutually supportive context in which members of the group can develop new projects and partnerships, and places an emphasis on creating opportunities that allow PRIME to benefit from networking and learning amongst the group as well as with other creative professionals.

The collective has a flexible work ethic that encourages a process-based approach and actively seeks collaborations with other artists, collectives and organisations. These collaborations can take the form of peer reviews with guest artists/curators, residencies, seminars, talks and critiques.

PRIME collective’s members have successfully worked together on a various projects. They were curators-in-residence at PS2 Gallery in Belfast in 2011/12, where they archived the gallery storeroom, created a curatorial ‘hub’, held exhibitions, talks, workshops and peer reviews, and organized a series of events that questioned the nature of prearranged structures.

They have ‘artistically archived’ an abandoned doctor’s surgery on the Newtownards Road in East Belfast, and since October 2012 have run a project/residency/exhibition space from the Templemore Avenue Swimming Bath’s former caretaker’s house on 4 Glenmore Street, baptised ‘The Bath House’.


ArtisAnn Gallery is a new art gallery based at 70 Bloomfield Avenue in Belfast.  It aims to showcase emerging and established artists and features a range of styles from paintings and prints through to sculpture and photography.

It’s run by Ann and Ken Bartley, who are no strangers to the art world, having been involved in the scene for over twenty years, during which time they have hosted a number of exhibitions and organised several events, as well as exhibiting their own work. 

Focusing mainly on sketches and photography, Ann and Ken have been invited to show at the Naughton Gallery at Queen's, the Assembly Rooms, Catalyst Arts, Queen Street Studios, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, the latter two as part of a larger, collaborative work, and a solo show at the Frameworks gallery.  They have also successfully submitted works to the Royal Ulster Academy's annual show.

They have also organised shows for other artists at various venues such as the Black Box, The Good Shepherd Conference Centre, the Linen Hall Library and the ArtTank Gallery.

Ann ran the very successful 'Belfast UnBound' dance company for a number of years, while Ken worked for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for almost twenty years.  They have also organised a range of music events in Belfast, including the Monochrome Set at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, the American Jazz Musician Roy Ayers at the Empire and the contemporary electronic musician Scanner at the Belfast International Arts Festival.