Art work outdoors
From sculptures and lighting installations to colourful wall art, Belfast's urban art scene is flourishing and evolving. Local and international artists are making their mark on our streets. There has been a surge in council-led regeneration projects to enhance the city centre.
Lonely Planet said:
[Belfast’s] street art would rival that of anywhere else in the world. The creativity and arts sectors have transformed the city over the last two decades.
The Belfast Canvas public art project has transformed utility cabinets owned by the Department for Communities and Virgin Media telecommunications boxes. Before decorating the cabinets, artists collaborated with community groups and university students. The project aims to improve the look and feel of the city centre and give people a sense of ownership, while supporting up and coming artists. This is a partnership with Destination CQ and Belfast One Business Improvement.
Our Belfast Entries project has transformed some of Belfast’s famous and less well-known narrow laneways into vibrant, welcoming spaces. As well as boosting the look of the entries with lighting and bespoke artwork, this project will improve way-finding and promote local heritage.
Department for Communities is part-funding the project.
Belfast Street Art Guide
For a self-guided tour, this online guide will help you discover street art across the city. You'll find our Belfast Canvas and Belfast Entries projects as well as art in the Cathedral Quarter, home of the annual Hit the North street art festival.
Belfast’s Virtual Street Art Tour
Discover Belfast’s vibrant street art scene from home. Delve into this colourful and often hidden world with Visit Belfast's street view guide to some of the top pieces of street art in Belfast.
City as a gallery
Look out for artwork on shop fronts and building facades across the city. To see some examples, go to Illustrated landmarks (link opens in new window).
The temporary cordon around Bank Buildings and the Belfast Music kiosk at Castle Place are decorated with imagery from our cultural strategy, A City Imagining.
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Starting outside the Duke of York, this gently-paced, two-hour tour will guide you around the ever-changing face of Belfast street art. The tour is on Sundays from 12 noon until 2pm. All tours follow government advice on social distancing.
For more information and to buy tickets, go to Blackbox Belfast (link opens in a new window)
Public art around the city
There are over 150 pieces of public art in Belfast including the impressive RISE sculpture and The Salmon of Knowledge (known fondly as The Big Fish).
For more information go to Visit Belfast (link opens in new window).