Art Pop-up - 'Gallery 545 at the Harrison: Artists on the Rise'


Harrison Chambers of Distinctions

45 Malone Road
Co. Belfast

Open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10.30am-5.30pm & Sundays 1-5.30pm

Opening reception - Friday 5 November, 4-8pm

Exhibition Virtual Tour on Instagram - Sunday 7 November, 12noon

Online at – always open 


Gallery 545 is thrilled to join forces with the Harrison Chambers of Distinction to present a group of artists on the rise based in Northern Ireland. A curated selection of their unique paintings will be on display in a beautiful room in the quirky hotel in Belfast. Viewers will have the opportunity to discover and appreciate art in this welcoming and relaxing interior setting.

‘Artists on the Rise Pop-up’ features six accomplished emerging painters: Ronan Bowes, Karl Hagan, Janet Keith, Rachel Lawell, Joel Simon and Katherine St Angelo. They have encountered recognition for their artistic merit in Northern Ireland and beyond, with their work being awarded, included in public collections, or exhibited at high profile venues. This exhibition brings the artists together for the first time, to showcase and spread the word about their talent.

All these painters create original works with a distinctive quality, exploring and drawing upon different themes and traditions and adopting their own style. Ronan depicts vibrant abstract paintings, colourful and harmonious compositions with bold gestural marks. Karl has made intriguing semi-figurative images of nuclear explosions, capturing at the same time their terrible destructive power and their captivating visual spectacle. Janet’s works are lively and carefully balanced abstract paintings inspired by the colours, lights and shapes of nature and the rhythms of music. Katherine’s pieces are intense atmospheric semi-abstract landscapes evoking the forms of natural surroundings and the emotional experience of being immersed in them. Rachel portrays charismatic self-absorbed female figures revisiting and challenging traditional representations of women in cinema and popular culture. Finally, Joel’s work is inspired by films too, but also by photography, and he paints intriguing subjects trying to capture their personalities and stories.

This exhibition is a joint initiative by Francesca Biondi, Gallery 545 Art Director and Curator, and Melanie Harrison, Owner of the Harrison Chambers of Distinctions. Their collaboration has been inspired and guided by their passion for art, and their desire to promote local artists and offer clients and visitors a unique art experience.

Artworks can also be viewed at They can be purchased at Gallery 545, online or in person. For sales and enquiries, contact Francesca / 07960 130414.

Visiting the exhibition in person - There will be measures in place because of Covid-19 to keep visitors safe subject to government regulations. For udpated measures, visit the exhibiton page.

I am excited and grateful to collaborate with Melanie and the artists on this very special art event. With this pop-up I wish to support these exceptional emerging artists, who often have less opportunities to showcase their work and be appreciated at this stage of their career. I also wish to reach art lovers so that they can discover or find out more about new talents here. The Harrison is the perfect place for this event, its elegant and spacious rooms and its charming atmosphere make it an ideal space to display art and welcome visitors to see it. Melanie, a true art lover, made it possible to happen at the Harrison. Francesca Biondi

About Gallery 545 - Gallery 545 is an online and pop-up gallery specialising in contemporary art of Northern Ireland and offering a special selection of affordable artworks created by talented artists based here. The gallery celebrates the creativity of emerging and more established artists across the region and supports their practice providing a curated platform where they can showcase and sell their works. Having an online presence, but also pop-up exhibitions at its premises and other physical venues, the gallery brings art to a wide range of people with different tastes and budgets who love contemporary art, and makes it easier for them to access, discover and collect art works.

About the Harrison Chambers of Distinction - The Harrison Chambers of Distinction are an award-winning hotel. Owner Melanie Harrison restored and transformed a landmark Victorian merchants’ residence into a quirky boutique hotel. She has expertly woven past and present into an individual celebration of a city like no other. Each room combines pieces collected by Melanie over many years with the very best facilities that the 21st-century traveller demands and expects. Huge bay windows, antique furniture, sumptuous velvet curtains and eccentric curios and surprises combine elegance with underlying mischief and tongue-in-cheek humour - every room has its own story and distinct personality.

Find out more about Gallery 545, the exhibiton and the artists at or contact the gallery

Gallery 545

Blick Studios, 51 Malone Road, Belfast BT6 0HF / 07960 130414

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