The eminent artist Colin McGookin lived and worked in East Belfast for many years and this exhibition brings together many of the paintings he produced when he lived close to what is now the EastSide Gallery.  The artworks reflect both the turbulent history of Northern Ireland, as well as the colour, sadness and joy he personally experienced during those years.


Colin was born in Belfast and, after graduating from Art College, he co-founded the Artists Collective of Northern Ireland in 1984 and was one of the founder members of the Queen Street Studios in 1988.  He was elected a member of the Royal Ulster Academy, and won first prize at the prestigious Claremorris Open.


His unique style and vision are widely admired and recognised, as he has exhibited across the UK and Ireland, and internationally in France, Poland, the United States and Vietnam.  His work is held in many important public and private collections, including the Ulster Museum and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 


This exhibition has been curated by the ArtisAnn Gallery, 70 Bloomfield Avenue, a 3-minute walk from the EastSide Visitor Centre.


Admission is free.


The artworks are available to buy, and may be collected/delivered after the exhibition ends.

ArtisAnn Gallery
70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AE

Opening Times
Tue - Fri: 11am to 6pm
Sat: Midday to 5pm

Private Viewings by Appointment

Phone: ​079 053 395 69


Acrylic on Canvas Board
38 x 30 cms (inc. Frame)


Acrylic on Linen
72 x 62 cms (inc. Frame)


Acrylic on Board
63 x 39 cms

Burning Bush

Acrylic on Paper
105 x 85 cms (inc. Frame)


Acrylic on Board
39 x 63 cms​

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Map from EastSide Visitor Centre to ArtisAnn Gallery

Black Banner (Fragment from "Inside the Kerbstones")

Acrylic on Fabric
225 x 152 cms

The Joy of Eastern Composition 

A Solo Exhibition of Paintings by Colin McGookin RUA

Curated by the ArtisAnn Gallery

All Welcome

Exhibition Extended Due to Phenomenal Demand
Now ends WED 22nd Nov at 5pm

Part of the CS Lewis Festival


Acrylic on Canvas Board
38 x 30 cms (inc. Frame)

Source Material

Implosion of the Refinery of Babel's Children
Psalter Arch

The ArtisAnn Gallery is part of the team that is programming exhibitions for the EastSide Gallery

The Black Man

Acrylic on Canvas
125 x 99 cms (inc. Frame)


Oil on Board
96 x 126 cms (inc. Frame)

For further information about the exhibition please contact Ann or Ken

 Ann: 077 263 263 90

Ken: 079 053 395 69


For further information about the EastSide Visitor Centre please phone 028 9045 8114

EastSide Gallery

EastSide Visitor Centre
402 Newtownards Road,

Mon – Friday: 8am to 5pm
Sat and Sun: 9am to 5pm

3 Minutes Walk from the ArtisAnn Gallery



Acrylic on Board
39 x 63 cms​