Visual Arts

EastSide Gallery

New Gallery Space | Exhibitions | Events | Visitor Centre | Cafe

EastSide Visitor Centre is delighted to officially launch its new Art Gallery space. The official launch of the space took place as part of our EastSide Arts Festival 2017 with a painting exhibition featuring new works by Brian Ballard. This exhibiton will run until 16 September and is FREE to visit.




Belfast Bankers

Visual artists | Collective | Street Art | Repurposed Building

Belfast Bankers are a studio group of artists organised by Seedhead Arts who have taken residency in a vacant East Belfast Bank for 12 months. The 23 Creatives work across many disciplines including visual artists, musicians, puppeteers, photographers, filmmakers, beekeepers and writers.

"We took over an old vacant Ulster Bank Building in early 2017 on the understanding that we would only have the building for one year. The temporary lease gave us the motivation to make something different and exciting happen, without the pressures that most studio groups have." - Adam Turkington

EastSide Arts teamed up with The Belfast Bankers during EastSide Arts Festival 2017 to bring a range of workshops, courses and the extremely popular street art event Hit The East. International Artists Falko (South Africa) and Dreph (London) were joined by the cream of Northern Irish talent and transformed streets and alleyways around the Holywood Arches. Street Artists such as KVLR, DMC, Emic, Verz and Tweet were joined by other artists from the Bank and beautiful things emerged in and around The Bank. 



Art | Framing | Workshops | Events | Exhibiton

FRAMEWERK are highly skilled, bespoke and creative frame makers of any medium or object. Be it paintings, canvas stretchers, drawings, photography, textiles, sport shirts, memorabilia, keepsakes. Anything you can think of really! All frames are made onsite with only the finest materials and conservation techniques are employed. FRAMEWERK has had over ten years framing experience. You can be assured your artwork is in safe hands!

They also run a small leftfield Gallery with a featured Artist or Collective monthly, showing some very exciting home grown and international artists. FRAMEWERK are always on the look out for both emerging and established Artists. Any discipline approached with both aesthetic and intellectual merit will be considered.


Creative Exchange Artist Studios

Visual Arts | Collective | Digital Hub | Ceramics | Studio 

Creative Exchange is a Northern Irish visual-arts collective, based in East Belfast, providing fine-art studios, a digital hub for artists working in lens-based practice and a ceramic studio. We are a catalyst for the creation of experimental contemporary visual-arts and produce cultural programmes that are grounded in excellence and quality. Our artists collaborate through public art interventions, are involved in socially engaged arts-led regeneration, as well as exhibiting on a national and international platform.


Prime Collective

Collaboration | Networking | Professional Guidance | Residency | Exhibition

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.

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’.


Fine Art | Gallery | Shop | Commisions | Consultations

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. 


Whalley Fine Art & Framing

Fine Art | Framing | Gallery | Classes 

Whalley Fine Art's vision is to encourage and support exciting Irish and International contemporary artists and talent.
From the outset, the galleries owners believe that neither artists nor art lovers need just another art gallery. What is needed
is an environment that not only encourages artists to explore and develop their natural talents, but most importantly, one that
supports them in this process.