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Located a bit further from the city center in the 'sailor-town' area of Belfast in an old mill, the Golden Thread Gallery has given a boost to the visual arts scene since 1999. Although there is no permanent collection as such, this spells good news for emerging artists who now have a chance to feature in their well-received ongoing exhibitions. Check website for a list of upcoming events.
Nestled in a corner of the iconic Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum is one of Belfast's most prestigious establishments with a spectacular collection art, ethnography and archaeology sourced from all across the globe. Formally established in the year 1929, this elegant four-story structure is located within walking distance of Queen's University's plush campus. The main highlights of the museum include riches recovered from the wreck of a Spanish Armada ship salvaged off the Giant's Causeway. Its top-floor gallery displays a series of exquisite British and Irish artwork.
Gormleys Fine Art is one of the best known art galleries that showcases local Irish talent from across artistic forms such as sculpture, fine art and a lot more. This gallery in Belfast is worth a visit if you're interested in art, as it entertains both expert collectors, as well as aspiring appreciators of art. The gallery has exhibited the works of artists such as Brian Ballard, Mary Grant, Trevor Geoghegan and several others.