Workshops, Events & Exhibitions

Artist Studio Events

Creative Exchange Studios

CEXlogo1Immersive installation experience
Saturday 22 October
Free admission

Some of the studio artists will be transforming their studio spaces into an immersive installation environment in which to experience their work.

Creative Exchange Artist Studios,
Unit B4 Portview Trade Centre,
310 Newtownards Road,
Belfast, BT4 1HE

T: 028 9045 2299

QSS Bedford Street Gallery

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Opens 12th October
10am – 5pm
Free admission

Kevin Killen and Sinead McKeever present an exhibition of new work, curated by Feargal O’Malley

Queen Street Studios,
31-33 Bedford St,
Belfast, BT2 7EJ

T: 028 9024 3145

Belfast Photo Factory

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Saturday 22nd October
1pm – 4pm
Free admission

Photo Factory presents a digital display of photographic work by its members who will be on hand to discuss the collective’s aims of providing a fertile environment for emerging artists.

Featuring Alicia Field, Andrew Rankin, Clare Callaghan, Gordon Ashbridge, Jim McKeever, Jill Quigley, John Duncan, Laura Rose McBride, Mark Drillingcourt, Paddy Kelly and Zoe Hamill

Photo Factory,
Studio 7, Northern Whig House,
3-10, Bridge St,
Belfast, BT1 1LT


Digital Arts Studios

dasWorkshop: Reactive lighting
Saturday 22 October
Free admission

Artist and musician Richard Davis will be giving a brief introduction to controlling lighting patterns which react to sound and music using DMX LED lights, Ableton Live and Max/MSP.

Digital Art Studios (DAS),
38-42 Hill St,
Belfast BT1 2LB


Exhibition: DAS Residents at Cotton Court Gallery
6th – 27th of October,
1-5pm Wednesday to Saturday.

Join us on October’s First Thursday, from 6-9pm, at the reception of the new exhibition from DAS artists-in-residence Alessia Cargnelli, Nathan Crothers and Martin Devek.


T: 028 9031 2900

Also in the City…

belfestBelfast International Arts Festival

Belfast Open Studios is proud to be a part of the Belfast International Arts Festival for the third year running.

This year’s programme is largely grouped around three main themes; Nineteen Sixteen (the legacy of 1916 and the Great War Years), Bending the Bard (a sideways look at the enduring appeal of Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death) and World in Motion (exploring the human face of the on-going migration crisis).


gtg_headerGolden Thread Gallery

David Sherry: Epiphany of Insignificance
Thursday 6 October – Saturday 12 November
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm & Sat 11am – 4pm
Free Admission

What is work? What is success? What is respect? What is a living? What is happiness?

David Sherry is interested in performative ideas relating to everyday life. Many of his ideas uncover the real thoughts and opinions that underlie the public face of etiquette or small talk. The work reflects on cultural codes, asking questions of basic learned behaviours.

Golden Thread Gallery,
84 – 94 Great Patrick Street,
Belfast, BT12LU



T: +44 (0)28 9033 0920\

The Naughton Gallery

Maybe She’s Born With It
Sarah Maple (UK), Nicky Minus (AUS), Gina Wynbrandt (USA)
13 October  – 27 November 2016
Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-4pm
Free Admission

An exhibition exploring the charged wave of feminism currently pulsing through contemporary society, drawing influence from tabloid headlines and the internet to selfies, body shame, Justin Bieber and the Kardashians.

The Naughton Gallery,
Queen’s University,
University Rd, Belfast BT7


The Ulster Museum

Gerard Dillon, 1916-1971: Painter, Dreamer, Clown. A Centenary Exhibition
Fri 27 May 2016 – Sun 6 Nov 2016
10:00 – 17:00
Free Admission

This retrospective marks the centenary of Gerard Dillon’s birth in Belfast in 1916, featuring many of Dillon’s key works from throughout his career drawn from public and private collections. Curator talk: 13:00 – 14:00, Thu 27 Oct 2016.  


Royal Ulster Academy 135th Annual Exhibition
Fri 14 Oct 2016 – Sun 8 Jan 2017
10:00 – 17:00
Free Admission

The RUA 135th Annual Exhibition will have over 300 expected artworks on show by emerging and established artists, across all disciplines. There will be something to inspire all ages and interests! Generously sponsored by KPMG.


The New Past: Irish Art from 1800 to 2016
Fri 8 Jul 2016 – Sun 5 Feb 2016
10:00 – 17:00
Free Admission

Beginning with the year of the Act of Union in 1800 and ending with the centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016, this exhibition encompasses some of the most important themes in Irish art during the past two centuries.


Slow Art Sunday
Sunday 6 November
14:00 – 15:00

On the first Sunday of the month the Ulster Museum invites you to experience art in a new way: s l o w l y. In a busy, bite-size world, Slow Art Sundays is a relaxed setting in which to take time to look at art.


Ulster Museum,
Botanic Gardens,
Belfast, BT9 5AB

T: +44 (0) 28 9044 0000


mac150David Hockney: I draw, I do
19 Aug 2016 – 16 Oct 2016
Mon – Sun, 10am to 7pm
Tall Gallery
£3 suggested donation

I draw, I do includes rarely seen, anatomical and observational drawings, portraits and significant later works including his iPad portraits which demonstrate Hockney’s interest in pushing the boundaries of his practice using new technologies.


Keith Wilson: Calendar
23 Aug 2016 – 16 Oct 2016
Mon – Sun, 10am to 7pm
Upper Gallery

For this major exhibition in our Upper Gallery, British artist Keith Wilson further develops his longstanding investigation into the cultural status of sculpture, considering how ideas develop in the private sphere of the artist’s studio and transform into a public presentation of work in a gallery.


Barbara Knezevic: The Last Thing on Earth
16 Sep 2016 – 16 Oct 2016
Mon – Sun, 10am to 7pm
Sunken Gallery

We are pleased to be presenting the first institutional solo exhibition in the UK and Ireland from Dublin-based artist Barbara Knezevic.


MAC International 2016
28 Oct 2016 – 19 Feb 2017
10:00 AM – 7 PM

MAC International Ulster Bank Prize is the largest arts prize in Ireland, offering professional artists worldwide the opportunity to exhibit in the MAC. The winner will be announced on 27 October, and the exhibition will continue until 19 Feb 2017.


The MAC Belfast,
10 Exchange St,
Belfast BT1 2LS

T: 028 9023 5053

Belfast Exposed

belfastexposed_logo-withborderMartin Parr: Welcome to Belfast
14 October – 23 December 2016
111am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday

Belfast Exposed is delighted to present this newly commissioned body of work by world renowned photographer, Martin Parr. Belfast Exposed have commissioned Martin Parr to make this new documentary project on the flourishing tourism industry in Belfast.

Belfast Exposed Photography,
The Exchange Place,
23 Donegall Street,
Belfast, BT1 2FF

T: 028 9023 0965