If you want to know the top five art galleries in Northern Ireland, then have a look at our expert’s views. After that, get talking, get tweeting and spreading the word, as we would like to know what you think.
The Mac, St Anne's Square, Belfast
An Andy Warhol exhibition in Belfast? What's not to like? The Mac has three galleries and shows international exhibitions as well as highlighting local talent and can host large-scale installation work. With the closing of the Ormeau Baths Gallery, the Mac galleries are vital for opening the eyes of local art lovers and tourists. It's the arts hub of Belfast and a must-see.
www.themaclive.com, 028 9023 5053
The Belfast Printworksop, Waring Street, Belfast
Often overlooked because the gallery is small and hasn't great signage outside, but great things happen there! Don't just visit the gallery, but hop in the lift to the top floor to see the artists at work. Lithograhy, screen printing, photo intaglio are just a few of the courses they offer and a great way to get your work exhibited when you are just starting out.
www.bpw.org.uk, 028 9023 0323
Canvas Galleries, Stranmillis Road, Belfast
I'm slightly biased on this one as Canvas has the same taste in artists as me. It's great to pop in to if you are in the Stranmillis area to see up-and-coming artists and more contemporary varieties of art. It also offers a framing service on site.
www.canvasgalleries.com, 028 9022 2727
Ulster Museum Gallery, Botanic Avenue, Belfast
There is always something interesting to see at the Ulster Museum and you can visit the mummy and the dinosaurs (below) on the way! The Ulster Museum holds an impressive collection of important Irish art, but also hosts local, international and touring exhibitions which are changed frequently. Keep your eye out for workshops and talks relevant to the current exhibitions.
www.nmni.com, 028 9044 0000
The Mullan Gallery, Lisburn Road, Belfast
Caroline Mullan has a great eye for choosing her small stable of artists and curating exhibitions. Even though the gallery is petite in size, it has a boutique feel, and don't forget to visit he basement gallery, often filled with sculpture, which I feel is overlooked in some galleries in Northern Ireland. Each work on view is a real gem. There are also lots of other art galleries in the area also.
www.mullangallery.com, 028 9020 2434
Carrie Neely is an award-winning art consultant based in Belfast. Her client list is second to none and she is known for nurturing local artists who she has added to her portfolio over the years