The Naughton Gallery at Queen's

Situated at the heart of Queen’s on the first floor of the Lanyon Building, the Naughton Gallery is one of Belfast’s most exciting visual arts spaces. Presenting a rolling programme of contemporary exhibitions, the gallery has presented work by a range of local and internationally-renowned artists including Robert Crumb, Adham Faramawy, Stanya Kahn, Sarah Maple, Locky Morris, Cindy Sherman, and Tom of Finland. The gallery also runs an extensive programme of talks, screenings, and special events.

Named after its generous benefactors, Martin and Carmel Naughton, the gallery was established in 2001 initially as a means of showcasing the University’s extensive permanent Art Collection.  The programme soon developed to feature a range of temporary exhibitions, both contemporary and historical, featuring artists such as Édouard Vuillard, Walter Sickert, Sophia Rosamond Praeger, Colin Davidson, Martin Wedge, and Magpie Art Collective.

The University's extensive permanent Art Collection comprises gifts, bequests and purchases since the foundation of Queen's College in 1845. The wide range of works includes paintings, prints, works on paper, sculpture, furniture, metalwork, and silver. The Collection is on display throughout the University, with an impressive hang of over fifty portraits in the Great Hall. 

With free admission and open six days per week, the Naughton Gallery welcomes visitors from around the world, and has been recognised as one of the leading university galleries in the UK and Ireland, winning the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in 2008.

To be an aesthetic, academic, and creative force which enhances the Queen's experience for staff, students, and the wider community.

Gallery Team

Ben Crothers
Curator & Collections Manager

Gallery Assistants

Michelle Cleary
Nadine Gilmore
Emma McAlister
Lydia Mealing
Karina Rodegeb

Members of the Arts Advisory Group

Ms W Galbraith (Chair)
Ms C Baxter
Dr C Davidson
Dr S Lyle
Prof J Morison
Ms N Sinte
Mr P Spratt
Mr D Toner
Mr C Veighey
Ms C Young

Green Impact Commitment

The Naughton Gallery is committed to the creation of a cleaner, greener University through the Green Impact initiative.

Access Information

The Naughton Gallery is located on the first floor of the Lanyon Building. Wheelchair access is available via lift from the Welcome Centre. Please phone ahead regarding any access requirements.


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