From stocking sized prints to membership schemes, we've picked our top 12 presents for art fans and culture lovers.
1. Belfast Exposed gift voucher
Belfast Exposed is Northern Ireland’s premier contemporary photography organisation, commissioning, publishing and showing work by artists and photographers from Northern Ireland and across the world. Gift vouchers can be purchased for any value, and can be used for all of their products including:
Email Conor O’Brien on firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase gift vouchers.
2. Black Box membership
Black Box have launched their membership scheme, an exciting new way to support amazing shows from local and international artist, musicians and performers.
As a Black Box member, you will be entitled to a discount on in-house events for you and a friend, discount on food and free tea and coffee refills in The Green Room Café, you will receive a Black Box loyalty card, and your own member’s newsletter. All members will also be automatically entered into a monthly draw to win complimentary tickets to festival events courtesy of our friends at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, NI Science Festival, Outburst and many more!
Black Box one year membership costs £45 (£35 for concession). Click here to purchase.
3. Original art by a Seacourt Print Workshop Member
Seacourt Print Workshop’s Annual Member’s Exhibition launches on Saturday 24th November, a perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping or to own original art work at very affordable prices. Seacourt Print Workshop are showing a huge range of limited edition original prints by Northern Ireland printmakers including RUA Member Margaret Arthur, Catherine Thompson, Deirdre McCrory, Penny Brewill and Mervyn Jones to name a few!
The exhibition runs until Friday 21st December and is open weekdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm, or email Emma Drury on email@example.com if you would like to make an appointment for a private evening or weekend viewing.
The Rising Tide by Merve Jones – £80 (unframed)
4. Source magazine subscription
Source is a quarterly photography magazine, available in print and as a digital edition, published in Northern Ireland. Source publish emerging photographic work and engage with the latest in contemporary photography through news, thoughtful features and reviews of the latest exhibitions and books from Ireland and the UK.
One year subscription (four issues) costs £20.00 + £6.00 shipping. Click here to buy a subscription to Source.
5. Donation to BookTrust Northern Ireland
Christmas can be a difficult time for children who are vulnerable or in care. A surprise book gift shows them that they’re special.
A one-off £10 donation to BookTrust will send one festive book parcel to one child who is vulnerable or in care. A one-off £50 donation will send five festive book parcels to five children who are vulnerable or in care.
To find out more or to donate click here.
6. Tickets to a festive show in the Lyric Theatre
Lyric Theatre have some great offers on their Christmas shows this Black Friday! 50% off selected dates for Bah, Humbug and Alice: The Musical using promo code BLACKFRIDAY. This offer is valid until midnight on Sunday 25th November.
Click here to book tickets.
7. Craft by a local maker
Space CRAFT will be hosting Craft NI’s Christmas pop-up shop ‘The Big Bauble’.
With Christmas on the horizon, why not visit the pop-up shop and buy the most unique gifts by local craft makers; pieces include ceramic, paper, textiles, wood, metal and more.
The shop will be open Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 5.30pm throughout November and December. The shop will also be open late on Thursday 6th December until 8pm.
Click here to find out more.
8. Out to Lunch and Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2019 Gift Vouchers
Beat the January blues and share the enjoyment of an Out to Lunch or Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival event in the New Year with a family member or friend. Click here to buy a gift voucher, it couldn’t be simpler! Your gift will bring much entertainment and contribute to the ongoing sustainability of the festival.
9. Strand Arts Centre Gift Card
Give the gift of movies this Christmas! Strand Arts Centre gift cards are available to purchase and can have any value added to them. There are plenty of movie releases in December for the recipient to choose from including Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman, Bumblebee and Holmes & Watson. And once the gift value has been redeemed, cardholders can keep using it as a Movie Lover Card to get 10% off 2 full-price cinema tickets on every visit!
Simply ask for a gift card at the Box Office next time you visit. Click here to see what’s on.
10. Millennium Forum Priority + membership
Millennium Forum Priority + Club Members receive priority booking; 10% discount at the Theatre’s restaurant Arbutus at Encore; discounted rate for the pantomime, complimentary programme and a meet and greet opportunity on a selected date; complimentary tea and coffee at the shows you attend; as well as playing an important role in the Theatre’s future development.
To find out more about Priority + membership and its benefits, or to buy membership, click here.
11. Alley Theatre Gift Voucher
Treat your loved one with an Alley Theatre Gift Voucher redeemable for any show, presented in a gift wallet and available in donations of £10 upwards. Gift Vouchers can be redeemed online and are available to purchase here. Or click here to find out what’s on.
12. Tickets to The Winter Circus
Those wonderful, wacky folks down at Tumble Circus are back again with The Winter Circus Show in Writers Square! The Tumble Circus troop will treat you and your family and friends to a Winter extravaganza unlike anything else on offer in Belfast!
Forget what you think about circus and experience world-class acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and the unique humour that has made Tumble Circus an international award winning modern circus company.
The Winter Circus shows will run from the 14th December until 1st January 2019. Click here to book tickets.
Well that was our 2018 gift guide, all that's left for us to say is... Happy Christmas! (Too soon?) (Sorry!)
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