Own Art for Christmas in N. Ireland!

It’s nearly that time of year again – it’s almost like it’s an annual thing – the big guy in red will be gracing our homes with glorious gifts in the true spirit of Christmas. But we all know that Christmas also comes with tight budgeting and the anxieties that come with trying to scout that perfect gift.

Well, Northern Ireland, we got you! And with the added help and support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

We have fantastic galleries in Northern Ireland offering the Own Art scheme – and not only that – they also offer that perfect Christmas gift you’ve been looking for. If it’s over £100, you can take a load off the budget plan as the instalments will ensure your January isn’t just beans on toast for dinner.


ArtisAnn Gallery is spreading the festive joy with their CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE of works at £250 or less.

Basket a few of Patrick Colhoun‘s Paper Plane ceramics to perfectly decorate any home office!

Or perhaps you know someone who needs something to spice up their new flatshare? Pamela Walker‘s collages would bring imagination and quirk to any empty wall!


As well as the packed programme of events over the Christmas period, The MAC also offers a range of creative treats in their shop. With prices ranging from £45 – £350, you can grab a few stocking fillers and split the cost with the Own Art scheme!

I know we have a lot of bovine enthusiasts out there. I’m not joking – there is a very large market for cow art! You could pay a tiny £15 a month for 10 months, interest-free, and give your cow crazy friend this limited edition piece of art.

Ursula Burke, The Protagonist, 2013, Porcelain, China Paint, Decal & Gold Lustre, 12 x 12 cm, Edition of 15, £150

This Bill Saunders screenprint would be a perfect addition to your brother’s new house! It would go so well with his new sofa and you’d be kick-starting his in-house art collection!

Bill Saunders, entracte, 2018, screenprint on heritage white paper, 83 x 56 cm, Edition of 20, unframed, £150


Belfast Print workshop is a membership-focused atelier providing a fully equipped and purpose-built studio for up to 100 artists. It has a great selection of unique handmade prints that make the perfect gift for Christmas.”

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Belfast Print Workshop has organised four late night shopping events in December, so you can give something unique for Christmas and support local artists. 

Pop along to one of their Thursday lates and collect some local print pressies!


That’s right! With nearly 300 galleries on the Own Art scheme, there’s plenty of Christmas pressies waiting for you – and this includes jewellery!

Steensons have only 1 remaining 2019 Christmas Limited edition ‘Celestial’ necklace. A Sterling silver and 18ct yellow gold necklace set with a 6.98ct princess cut London blue topaz and 0.05ct brilliant cut diamond handcrafted by Steensons.

If that’s been nabbed up already, it’s safe to say you will certainly still be spoiled for choice! 

Looking for something special for him? Steensons offer a fantastic pair of Game of Thrones-inspired cufflinks to finish off any festive formal wear! You can even go matching with the earrings!

Pop them together in the same basket and you can be paying just £24 a month over ten months interest-free! 

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