Dr Ann McVeigh, owner of ArtisAnn
Photograph by Helen Sloan
The owners of the ArtisAnn Gallery are Dr Ann McVeigh and Ken Bartley who have collected, curated, exhibited and sold artworks for over twenty years.
The art gallery may be a new venture but is the realisation of a long-held dream that they have been working towards for quite some time. Ann ran the very successful Belfast UnBound dance company for many years, while Ken worked full-time at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for almost two decades. Ann is a well known and highly regarded public speaker on a range of historical subjects.
Ann and Ken have both published books; Ann's recent historical novel "Letters in the Fire" is now available, while Ken produced an atlas of Medieval History (published by Manchester University Press).
Ken is also Chair of the Digital Arts Studios in Belfast and a member of the Steering Group of the Belfast Visual Arts Forum.
Their own artworks includes drawings and photographs, and they have been invited to exhibit 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, as well as presenting a solo show at the Framewerk Gallery. They have also successfully submitted works to the Royal Ulster Academy's annual show several times.
They applied their expertise to curating shows for other artists and organisations at various venues such as the Black Box, The Good Shepherd Conference Centre, the Linen Hall Library, ArtTank Gallery, the Golden Thread Gallery and the Victoria Gallery and Museum in Liverpool..
Away from visual arts, they also staged an eclectic range of music events, from American jazz artist, Roy Ayers at the Empire, to BP Fallon and Shane McGowan at the Menagerie, the Monochrome Set at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, and the contemporary electronic musician, Scanner, at the Belfast International Arts Festival.
Call in for a chat and a browse round the exhibitions. You’ll be made to feel very welcome!
70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AE
Ample Free Parking on Bloomfield Avenue
Tue - Fri: 11am to 6pm
Sat: Midday to 5pm
Private Viewings by Appointment
077 263 263 90 (Ann)
079 053 395 69 (Ken)
The ArtisAnn Gallery is a vibrant contemporary art gallery situated on Bloomfield Avenue in East Belfast. It showcases the work of both emerging and established artists, many of the latter members of the prestigious Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (RUA).
It is a friendly and welcoming contemporary art gallery at the heart of the bustling EastSide area of Belfast.
The gallery occupies two floors, with a range of selected artists on the ground floor and monthly themed shows in the exhibition space on the first floor.
Ann and Ken welcome visitors to call in and appreciate the art works in an accessible, friendly and fuss-free environment. The ground floor is wheel-chair accessible, there is parking directly outside, and all major credit cards are accepted.