Dublin gallery to bring Art and Soul to Belfast

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

Dublin company, Gormleys, will be hosting Ireland’s biggest art and sculpture event in the grounds of the five-star Culloden Estate and Spa, in Belfast, this summer.

Art and Soul will mark the ninth major art and sculpture event the Frederick Street based gallery has organised.

The international art and sculpture fair will take place between August 19 and September 10.

Attendees can anticipate a showcase of €7m worth of works by some of the biggest names in international and Irish art.

The free event will feature a major outdoor sculpture exhibition of 80 large sculptures and installations set throughout the 12 acres of landscaped grounds, which stretch down towards the shores of Belfast Lough.

Art and Soul will be open to the public daily from 11am–7pm and includes a programme of of artists’ talks and daily guided tours.  

With over 280 works on display, the fair will feature international artists alongside leading Irish sculptors Patrick O’Reilly, Ian Pollock, Bob Quinn, Sandra Bell, Eamonn Ceannt, John Fitzgerald, Anthony Scott and Orla De Brí. 

The hotel’s interior will display 100 artworks by some of the world’s best-known artists, including Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Damien Hirst, Salvador Dali and Banksy. 

Art and Soul will also include exhibitions by renowned Irish artists Martin Mooney, Maser, Peter Monaghan, Gordon Harris and Stephen Forbes. 

All of artworks will be for sale, with prices ranging from €1,000 up to €450,000.

“Art and Soul gives art lovers a unique opportunity to view these incredible works of art in the beautiful surroundings of the estate,” said Oliver Gormley of Gormleys.

“Adults and children will enjoy the event equally; our previous events in Russborough and the Castlemartyr Resort attracted over 10,000 visitors.”

To celebrate the event, Hastings Hotels are offering deals on breaks and dining, including an Art and Soul ‘Sip and See’ package from €421 per night for two. 

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