Visual Arts

“I’d this interest in art, but I’d never heard of any art classes, yes there are plenty of art classes, but a lot of them are mainstream. You go, you sit, you get your own piece out and you work. I can’t manage that with my visual impairment, but Acorn is fantastic, everything is prepared, we say what we would like to do, what materials, what fabrics, different tactile and patterns we would like to do, it’s all accepted.”

Open Arts offers 3 weekly visual arts groups.

  • Open Arts Morton Art Group

Monday from 10:30am – 12pm in Morton Community Centre, Lorne Street, Belfast.

The group work on crafts, textiles and group projects. 

  • Acorn Arts 

Thursday 10am – 12pm at Divis Community Centre, Falls Road, Belfast. 

The group is for blind or visually impaired people who work in a variety of mediums. Acorn Arts is supported by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Belfast Institute for the Blind.

  • Open Arts Friday Group

Friday 10:30am – 12pm at Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.

They each have their own specific interest and talents in particular mediums. They are facilitated to each work independently on their own work. 

Our Exhibitions

Our exhibitions are always varied and interesting as we have such a range of people involved in producing the artwork.The most recent exhibition was “The Veil Betweenat the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Belfast in March 2020.

You can watch highlights from our exhibition launch evening in the YouTube video below.

 Over recent years we have also exhibited in:

  • The MAC Theatre
  • The Black Box 
  • The Crescent Arts Centre
  • Ulster Hall
  • The Barge, Belfast
  • Linen Hall Library
Selection of prints displayed at Duncairn March 2020
Three women in front of two exhibition pieces at launch of exhibition at MAC Theatre, Belfast in 2017.
Promo shot of Open Arts CEO and three members from our visual art groups for the opening of Three in One Arts exhibtion at Black Box, Belfast.
Launch of Three in One exhibition at Black Box, Belfast. Attendees mingle with one another and are staring at the artwork hung on the walls.
Members of Acorn Art Group at the launch of their work on the Belfast Barge 2014.
Group picture of two facilitators and four members of the Open Arts visual art group at the launch evening in Linen Hall Library 2013.