Christmas shopping: almost as divisive as Marmite.
Whether you love it or hate it, we know you'll appreciate some creative inspiration courtesy of our Creative Christmas Advent Countdown over the coming weeks.
Check back here each day of the working week for more ideas on unique art gifts to win you brownie points come the 25th.
The 4th Annual Vault Christmas Market is taking place this year on the 4th & 5th of December, at the wonderful Vault Artist Studios, Tower Street. Get ready for over 100 stalls over 2 days, food, drinks, and wonderful wares for sale!
Uphold is a not-for profile online platform promoting and selling work by contemporary artists in Northern Ireland, run by Household Belfast. They work with contemporary artists based in NI who have developed strong, engaging and evolving practices, and a have a history of exhibiting nationally and internationally.
In preparation for Christmas, Belfast Exposed will be transforming Gallery II into a Big Christmas Photo Sale spectacular. The Photo Sale includes a wide variety of works by local artists who have submitted to the callout. 25% of each purchase will go towards Belfast Exposed Mental Health and Wellbeing programme. Belfast Exposed are also selling limited edition prints from their Archive, which depict some notable events from our past everyday life from the 1980s and 90s, as well as some more humorous aspects of our past.
Visit Craft NI Gallery's online shop, where you can find a selection of work from some of Northern Ireland’s many talented designer-makers! Think handmade jewellery, cards, ceramics and unique glassware (plus lots more). You're bound to find the perfect gift for the style-conscious someone in your life.
The Golden Thread Gallery has a fantastic LOVE ART BUY ART scheme, which showcases local, exceptional artwork from artists who sell their work, available at accessible prices.
The Belfast Potter’s Christmas Market will also be hosted in the Gallery this December, with 20 of Northern Irelands finest local potters coming together to display and sell their work.
Belfast Print Workshop is based in Cotton Court in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, and are currently showing work for sale by their members in their Christmas Show. Pop up during office hours and have a browse...
You can also buy work online, if you're steering clear of the crowds!
And now for something totally different (for that particularly-tricky-to-buy-for someone in your life...)
Consider signing them up for a cultural membership this Christmas! Not only do they get the satisfaction of supporting an arts organisation in their work, but memberships often come with a range of VIP perks too.
The Duncairn in North Belfast isn't just a buzzing cultural hub: they also endorse work for sale by local artists on their website and have creative classes/workshops to gift your loved ones.
And if you thought it could get no better, the food and drink from their new café looks utterly mouth-watering!
Seacourt Print Workshop is going from strength to strength, having recently moved into new premises in the formidable old Ulster Bank building in Bangor city centre.
The collective are also expanding their offering to include a range of courses (from a 2 hour CREATE print taster and one day workshops to a full introduction on a specific technique) to their online print shop, where you can browse beautiful work for sale by their talented makers.
Searching for something for the music lover in your life? Support the local music scene, and pick up some cool gear at The Black Box's Merch Market this weekend. Stallholders include smallmint, Joshua Burnside, New Pagans, Andrew Farmer, Dig With It magazine, Bluestack Records, Minm and The Skallions.
R-Space Gallery in Lisburn has a fantastic range of affordable artwork in their online store: from blown glass to pendants and everything in between, all from contemporary artists and makers.
Consider donating on behalf of the culture vulture in you life, to support the local arts sector in a broader sense. Many organisations are very grateful for donations, which help ensure that their running costs are met, and they can continue to deliver their wonderful work!
Arts & Business NI is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.