Ireland’s largest art and sculpture fair launches this weekend at the Culloden

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Art worth an estimated €7 million (£6 million) by artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Banksy, Pablo Picasso and Patrick O’Reilly will go on display this weekend at Ireland’s biggest post-lockdown art fair.

The final touches are being made to Art and Soul – The Holywood International Art and Sculpture Fair, at the five-star Culloden Estate and Spa in Belfast.

The event is also the island’s largest ever sculpture exhibition and runs from next Saturday, June 26 until July 18, in conjunction with Gormleys Fine Art.

The biggest combined outdoor and indoor event of its kind in Ireland, the Fair will be led by Art In the Garden, a follow-up to the hugely successful 2019 outdoor sculpture event staged by Gormleys at the same venue.

It will include the work of Ian Pollock, Bob Quinn, Eamonn Ceannt, Orla de Brí, Sandra Bell and F.E McWilliam as well as an entire room of work by Andy Warhol and displays by world-renowned artists such as Dali, Banksy, Picasso, Damien Hirst and Roy Lichtenstein.

They will join the likes of Lynn Chadwick, Peter Monaghan, Patrick Hughes, Keith Haring, Stephen Johnston, Robert Indiana, Gordon Harris, Julian Opie and Tom Wesselmann in a unique event honouring the best of Irish and international art.

“This will be Gormleys Fine Art’s sixth major outdoor exhibition at the Culloden and we are delighted to invite the public to enjoy these pieces from major Irish and international artists over the three weeks,” said Oliver Gormley, owner of Gormleys Fine Art.

The event will feature 125 sculptures situated in the 12 acres of landscaped grounds, which stretch down towards the shores of Belfast Lough and the interiors of the Hastings Hotels Culloden Estate and Spa.

One of the highlights of the sculpture exhibition will be 30 works by Irish artist Patrick O’Reilly, divided equally between 15 large garden works and the same number of indoor sculptures.

A special ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ installation will showcase many of O’Reilly’s iconic life-sized bear sculptures.

There will be guided tours around the installations daily at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

The event is open to the public daily from 11am – 7pm and no prior booking is required. 

The Culloden Estate is offering special Art and Soul breaks with overnight accommodation, full Irish breakfast and entry into the exhibition from £280 per room.

There will also be an Art and Soul Afternoon Tea with a curated art tour of the exhibits for £50 per person (£35 without champagne), with private dining opportunities in the Warhol Room each evening.

There’s the option of a Bridgerton-inspired afternoon tea for the same price, in homage to the hit Netflix series Bridgerton.

The Culloden will also host a ‘Bolli Bus’ in the gardens to serve chilled Bollinger Champagne and treats to visitors and guests attending the exhibit.

To find out more about Art and Soul, The Holywood International Art and Sculpture Fair, see gormleys.ie, call the Culloden Estate and Spa on (0044) 028 9042 1066 or check out www.hastingshotels.com

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