On view from today (June 26th) will be £7 million worth of art and sculpture in Belfast. Famous names in international and Irish art will be part of the biggest outdoor and indoor art exhibition ever in Ireland. The five-star Culloden Estate and Spa in Belfast, will be hosting Art and Soul – the Holywood International Art and Sculpture Fair.
Banksy, Pablo Picasso and Patrick O’Reilly will go on display this weekend at Ireland’s biggest post-lockdown art fair. The event runs until July 18th, in conjunction with Gormleys Fine Art.
The Fair will be led by Art in the Garden, a follow-up to the hugely successful 2019 outdoor sculpture event staged by Gormleys at the same venue.
FE McWilliam, Hirst, Dali, Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein on show
It will include the work of Gordon Harris, Bob Quinn, Eamonn Ceannt, Orla de Brí, Sandra Bell and F.E McWilliam as well as an entire room of work by Andy Warhol. The most expensive piece is a print by Andy Warhol of Superman with a prices tag of £225,000 (approx. €261,000). There are pieces of sculpture and paintings from £600 (approx. €697). There will be displays by artists such as Dali, Damien Hirst and Roy Lichtenstein.
They will join the likes of Lynn Chadwick, Peter Monaghan, Patrick Hughes, Keith Haring, Stephen Johnston, Robert Indiana, Julian Opie and Tom Wesselmann in a unique event honouring the best of Irish and international art.
“This will be Gormley’s Fine Art’s sixth major outdoor exhibition at the Culloden. We are delighted to invite the public to enjoy these pieces from major Irish and international artists over the three weeks,” said Oliver Gormley, of Gormleys Fine Art.
125 Sculptures Arranged Over 12 Acres
The event will feature 125 sculptures situated in 12 acres of landscaped grounds, which stretch down towards the shores of Belfast Lough and in the interiors of the hotel.
One of the highlights of the sculpture exhibition will be 30 works by Irish artist Patrick O’Reilly, divided equally between large garden works and the indoor sculptures.
A special ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ installation will showcase many of O’Reilly’s iconic life-sized bear sculptures.
There will be guided tours around the installations daily at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. There is no charge for the tours. You can book tours here. The event is open to the public daily from 11am – 7pm and no prior booking is required.
The Culloden Estate has Art and Soul breaks with overnight accommodation, full Irish breakfast and entry into the exhibition from £280 (approx. €327) per room. A great opportunity to experience the Hastings Hotels Cloud Beds.
There will also be an Art and Soul Afternoon Tea with a curated art tour of the exhibits for £50 (approx.€58) per person (£35, (€41 approx. without champagne). Private dining opportunities will be in the Warhol Room each evening.
Regé-Jean Page and the Bridgerton Afternoon Tea
There’s the option of a Bridgerton-inspired afternoon tea for the same price, in homage to the hit Netflix series. The series star, Regé-Jean Page who played the Duke of Hastings, was a recent guest at the Culloden, as is Hugh Grant, who is filming Dungeons and Dragons in Belfast.
The Culloden will also host a ‘Bolli Bus’ in the gardens to serve chilled Bollinger Champagne and treats to visitors and guests attending the exhibit.