What travelers are saying
- We have been here before just for coffee, but today I ordered a cheese and tomato toastie, along with a coffee. It was served promptly and to my surprise and delight accompanied with a delicious green salad. It was all truly delicious. We will most certainly be calling again, after our next appointment in Belfast. There is a very warm and welcoming atmosphere in the MAC, and all the staff are very pleasant.Written 9 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A little cafeteria and bookstore and art gallery in a deconsecrated church in Belfast. The gallery is nice and bright and airy in a modern and architecturally pleasing addition into the didr of the building. We looked in the bookstore and gallery but didn’t eat in the cafeteria. There is also a theatre wheee the main part of the church used to be.Written 23 September 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Loved the massive array of interesting pieces here! All sorts of furniture and unusual items. You could browse all day!Written 24 June 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Stopped in to kill some free time. Not sure I’m an artist or an art critic but found some of the works very interesting and thought provoking.
Gallery seemed very welcoming and front of house staff was very friendly, informative and helpful. Would feel encouraged to visit more galleries and come back in the future.Written 10 September 2022
Outstanding way to highlight the lack of care on offer to anyone with stage 4 breast cancer
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These ladies deserve the very best in treatment and care along with compassion and understanding.Written 26 May 2022
- This gallery is situated above the no 31 Coffee Shop and is very contemporary. I visited the gallery first then retired to the coffee shop below to contemplate the art...alas there is great art in the coffee shop also-check the picsWritten 16 August 2018
- My first visit, 07/09/2017, introduced me to a gallery I've heard much about. It lived up to it's reputation. Brimming with challenging, contemporary art tackling the big issues of our time, Catalyst is not for the faint-hearted. This uber-cool, industrial, warehouse suits the art it showcases (installation, conceptual, screen etc) and the radical art on display perfectly suits the space.
Numerous artists were represented, but I was especially drawn to American/ Metis artist Dylan A T Miner's red wall hangings, called "Gesture of Solidarity". Miner deals with indigenous/ colonial themes and his banners dominated the gallery, catching the eye, demanding attention and investigation. Fantastic work.
Catalyst is volunteer run/ nonprofit and as well as serving up fascinating experimental art, it runs a range of events, screenings and activities such as the Anarchist Bookfair. Quite possibly one of the most exciting art spaces in Belfast. I'm only sorry it took me so long to get round to visiting...Written 8 September 2017
- This art gallery is free to enter. I called in with friends. Lots of rooms with paintings by different artists. Two sculptures really intrigued me. One artist had made these bizarre tubular, long legged dogs (see photo). They were textured and coloured like beagles, but were so surprisingly contorted. Elsewhere someone clever had woven, crochet-style, two balaclavas. They're normally black and menacing, covering the faces of paramilitaries, so this was a startling culture clash - the brutal meets the delicate, force meets finesse. Very interesting. I like to take note of artists' names, but we only arrived near closing time, and had to hurry on. I plan to go back for a better look.Written 18 November 2014
- lovely place to visit in beautiful surroundings with very helpful and courteous staff I would highly recommendWritten 20 August 2018
- Eakin's my favourite art gallery on the Lisburn Road. A lovely little family run gallery spanning two floors of a red brick townhouse. Specialists in contemporary Irish art they also have some pieces from the past as well. You'll find a range of Artists' work here including George Callaghan, Brian Ballard, Neil Shawcross, Dean McDowell, Louis le Brocquy, J B Vallely and Terry Bradley amongst others.
I always call in for a look when I pass Eakin. Yesterday I visited to view the beautiful, stylised, atmospheric paintings of George Callaghan. His harvest sunset paintings are mesmerising and I adore his 'Purple Haze' landscapes. A beautiful exhibition for this time of year as we near the end of October.
Prices vary, ranging from smaller works for a few hundred pounds to larger paintings for a few thousand. If I win the lotto I may one day be able to buy instead of just browse! The owner Brian Eakin is very welcoming and their website's kept fully updated with all current paintings listed. However nothing beats a stroll through Eakin Gallery to see the paintings in the flesh.Written 27 October 2015
- QSS Gallery and Studios is an artist led organisation which supports the work of contemporary visual artists. The exhibitions change every 4-6 weeks and show the work of both emerging and established artists from Northern Ireland and abroad. Above the ground floor gallery there are some 25 artists who work in a variety of media. The studios are open to the public on certain days throughout the year but the gallery is the public facing part of the organisation. It's free and a great opportunity to see the work of emerging artists. The work is not necessarily commercial, but is for sale.Written 31 October 2014
- On a recent tour, part of Eastside Arts Festival 2017, someone on the bus mentioned that they wanted to see some 'proper art'. By this they meant no more installation or conceptual art, instead they wanted art in more 'traditional' forms, such as painting, drawing and sculpture. Luckily enough, our next stop was ArtisAnn Gallery. I must admit that I too am enthusiastic about 'proper art' and this is just what you'll find here. However, it's not old-fashioned or boring, instead ArtisAnn is packed with exciting, contemporary, inspirational art that'll make you wish you had the wall space and money to buy it all! A truly fantastic spot showing both established and emerging Artists. I can't really describe in words just how beautiful this gallery is or how wonderful the work on display is - instead it's best to visit in person to see, enjoy and buy for yourself. Prepare to be bedazzled!Written 13 August 2017
- Although Artcetera is a centrally located gallery in the city and I've passed it many times - I've never previously noticed its existence! Because it sits slightly back from the pavement on Rosemary Street, it is easily overlooked. However, l visited on 03/08/17 with Belfast Art Bus Tour and saw VISAGE, The Face of Drag, a creative collaboration and exhibition by Photographer Carrie Davenport, nightclub promoter Aaron Eakin and Kaisen Print. This consisted of photographic portraits of Belfast-based Drag Queens in both male and Drag identities. It was a fabulous, entertaining and enthralling show. Artcetera gallery itself had a wonderful night club ambience with a lovely bar made from wine bottles - a delightful discovery and a real hidden gem.Written 23 August 2017
- We love the demesne and drive in. The house was beautiful as well. A family member had artwork on display with his art club. Beautiful cantilevered staircase up - lovely quiet and bright venue to showcase amateur artists.Written 15 July 2018
- Framewerk mainly appear to offer bespoke framing for art, prints or photographs. However it's also a tiny gallery space. During the 03/08/17 EastSide Art Bus Tour this was one of the smallest spaces we stopped at. There was an interesting exhibit on by Rachael Campbell-Palmer called Edgelands, which included plant installations and drawings. I'm not 100% sure about the meaning of this artwork but think it referred to city environments/ society and associated unkempt, overgrown areas - literally the edgelands, as per the exhibition title. I liked it immensely, especially the drawing. I visited again on 02/11/2017 to see ‘Slangover’ a colourful, wonderfully amusing typography exhibition by Illustration Agency UsFolk - it was fantastic, with lively music, bustling crowds and complimentary Jameson whiskey and ginger cocktails. Framewerk also hold various events such as Flea Markets etc. A pretty cool, quirky, interesting little spot.Written 8 November 2017