Visual Arts

The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre presents exhibitions in its main gallery and foyer spaces throughout the year.

Exhibitions in all types of media are considered by a Panel and there are annual calls for exhibition submissions.

Interested artists can take a 360 degree tour of our venue here where you can view the gallery and foyer exhibition spaces in all their glory.


  • Shared Meaning

    Shared Meaning


    Exhibition Runs 19 Feb 2016 until 19 Mar 2016

    Siobhan McQuade focuses on the investigation and articulation of historic, political and public spaces, building up layers of created, appropriated and altered photographic images on paper, which she corrupts with pencil and pinpricks. Through drawing and mixed media Michaela Gallagher observes alterations to sequences in the natural world, which cause subtle imbalances and relentless undercurrents of change sometimes unseen in the landscape. Sheila Lavery's drawings explore relationship between self and other - people, places and times. For her the drawn line most authentically interprets the extraordinary forms of the ordinary objects with which she interrogates this concept.

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    Paul Digby

    Exhibition Runs 19 Feb 2016 until 19 Mar 2016

    Armagh artist, Paul Digby, is making waves in the Irish art scene. Paul displays his work in some of the most prestigious galleries in Dublin and Belfast, having also exhibited his paintings throughout Ireland, the UK and New York. This new exhibition includes his revered oil paintings of female faces and an original collection of portraits of some of Ireland’s most loved writers, poets and lyricists, using his unique and recognisable style to bring these icons to life.

  • Lie Of The Land

    Lie Of The Land

    Lora Murphy, Niamh O'Connor, Rosemarie Langtry

    Exhibition Runs 25 Mar 2016 until 23 Apr 2016

    Lie of the land; looks at female institutionalisation in Ireland and the long road from the Famine Workhouse to the Laundries. This narrative is both historical and generational, it was 1995 when the last of the Laundries closed its gates in Ireland and as 3 Irish women we cannot but feel the pain of our national and historical past. Works include "Sinners" Laundry Portraiture by Lora Murphy, Monotype and Encaustic installation works looking at workhouse existence and expulsion, by Niamh O'Connor, and Landscapes including the "Roads & Keys" series of works by Rosemarie Langtry.

  • On The Horizon

    On The Horizon

    Blawnin Clancy

    Exhibition Runs 25 Mar 2016 until 23 Apr 2016

    Capturing the distant silhouette, On the Horizon, brings the viewer into the ethereal realm of the misty bijou islands and outcroppings off the coast. The paintings evoke a dream-like depiction of the sea; stormy, mysterious or shrouded in the half light. Splattering the paints creates tiny spots and splashes of pigment; it injects energy, movement; unplanned marks become part of the planned artwork. The islands are tangible but remain out of reach, sparking our curiosity to discover the unknown.

  • The Art Of Craft Exhibition 2016

    The Art Of Craft Exhibition 2016


    Exhibition Runs 29 Apr 2016 until 25 Jun 2016

    The Art of Craft Exhibition in association with the Craft and Design Collective opens for a 5th year showcasing exceptional Craft, Applied Art and Design from top National and UK artists, designers and makers. Ceramics, furniture, jewellery, glass and textiles are just some of the media that will be on display during the exhibition which is a major part of the Armagh Craft Fair at the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre Saturday 21 May 2016.

  • Darby Reid Retrospective

    Darby Reid Retrospective

    Darby Reid

    Exhibition Runs 29 Apr 2016 until 11 Jun 2016

    H.D.McC (Darby) Reid's teaching career at the Royal School Armagh began in 1946 where he taught Geography and then introduced Geology to the school curriculum. He was appointed Vice Principal in January 1964 until his retirement in 1987. A chance meeting in the Roy Edwards Gallery shortly after his retirement led to a gentleman's agreement that he would exclusively paint for them. What seemed like a second career it took off rapidly and for the following 10 years he became one of their most successful artists until his death in December 1997. In that 10 year period the gallery sold just over 1,100 of his watercolour paintings.

  • Be Still

    Be Still

    Connell McBride

    Exhibition Runs 17 Jun 2016 until 16 Jul 2016

    Be Still is Connell McBride's second exhibition in Armagh City. For this exhibition Connell has produced a series of photographs which link a private internal world with contemporary still lifes. Ambiguous, they represent an exploration of the aesthetic interplay of reality and whimsy.

  • Graduate Show Belfast School Of Art 2016

    Graduate Show Belfast School Of Art 2016

    Belfast School Of Art Graduates

    Exhibition Runs 29 Jun 2016 until 18 Jul 2016

    An exhibition of multi-discipline work by recent graduates of the Belfast School of Art 2016.

Interested In Exhibiting?

The Market Place Theatre makes annual calls for exhibition submissions. If you would like to be considered simply fill in your details and we will be in touch