Stephen Shaw Belfast Artist

Artistic Practice


2016  "From The Shankill to Beyond" - Shankill Road Library. Oct - Nov.

2016  "It's Not What It Seems". The Ivy House Bar and Restaurant. Drumcondra Road, Dublin. 3 August - 31 October 2016.

2016  Town House Gallery - Solo Exhibition. Feb/March

2015  "The Death and Life of the Shankill" - Shankill Road Library. Oct -Dec.

2015  "Welcome to The Cathedral Quarter" - The John Hewitt, 16th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

2014  "Urban Elements" - QSS Gallery, Bedford St, Belfast. Nov/Dec

2014  "Short Stories in Watercolour" - Lisburn City Library, July

2014  "Watercolours" - Ballyhackamore Library Belfast. April - June 2014

2014  Cregagh Library Belfast. January 2014
2013  Ballyhackamore Library Belfast. June - September 2013.
2013  The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh City
2013  "Belfast Scenery" - Dundonald Library, Belfast.
2012  "Little Bits of Belfast"- Whiterock Library. Nov'12 - Mar'13
2012  "The Death and Life of the Shankill" - Red Barn Gallery, Rosemary St, Belfast, February 2012.
Also shown as part of "Feile an Phobail".- St Marys University College, Falls Road, Belfast. July/Aug 2012
2011  Townhouse Gallery - Exhibition of paintings in a dedicated room - ongoing from Sept 2011- July 2012. 125 Great Victoria Street, Belfast
2011  "Swansongs" - The Ulster Hall, Belfast April 2011
2010  "A Taste of Cuba/A Bit of Belfast" - La Boca Restaurant , Belfast (also shown in: Daily Grind Cafe, Clarendon Dock, Laganside, Belfast)
2010  "A Five Minute Walk" - Launching The Stephen Shaw Gallery ,13 Winetavern Street, Belfast
2007  "What would Albert Mooney Say?" - Linen Hall Library, Belfast April 2007
2006  "More Belfast in Watercolour" - SafeHouse Gallery, Donegall Street, Belfast (7th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival)
2005  "Belfast in Watercolour" - The John Hewitt, Donegall Street, Belfast. May/June


2016 - Royal Ulster Academy, 135th Exhibition. Ulster Museum, Belfast

2016 -  Engine Room Gallery, Donegall Sq South, Christmas Exhibition

2015 - Anna Cheyne Visual Arts Awards. Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
2015 - "heART OF HOPE" RUA Charity Exhibition, Cresent Arts Centre, Belfast

2014 - Bigg Life Arts Festival, North Street, Belfast

2014 - Summer Exhibition, Engine Room Gallery, Linenhall Street,Belfast

2013 - Christmas Exhibition. Eakin Gallery, Lisburn Rd, Belfast
2013 - Christmas Salon. QSS Gallery, Bedford St, Belfast
2013 - Christmas Group Exhibition. Cavehill Gallery, Belfast
2013 - Anna Cheyne Visual Arts Awards. Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
2013 - Summer Exhibition, Engine Room Gallery, Belfast

2012 - Christmas Group Exhibition. Cavehill Gallery, Belfast
2012 - "Art Aid" - RUA Charity Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy, High St, Belfast
2012 - Ulster Watercolour Society,  Belfast Waterfront Hall
2012 - "Art in the Eastside" - Selected Outdoor Billboard Trail & Exhibition. (East Belfast Arts Festival)
2012 - "Creative Change N.I." City East Business Centre. (East Belfast Arts Festival)
2012 - "Gallery 58". C.A.B. Offices, Howard Street. Belfast

2011 - Christmas Group Exhibition. Cavehill Gallery, Belfast
2011 - "Art at the Ivory". (Carrie Neely Art)
2011 - Royal Ulster Academy, 130th Exhibition. Ulster Museum, Belfast
2011 - "Cultural Quarter". Culture Night Belfast 2011. Bigg Life Arts Initiative. Commercial Court, Belfast.
2011 - "On your Bike", Belfast Waterfront Hall (QFT Film Festival - Carrie Neely Art)
2011 - Summer Exhibition, Engine Room Gallery, Newtownards Road, Belfast
2011 - "Art Aid" - RUA Charity Auction/Exhibition, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
2011 - Ulster Watercolour Society,  Belfast Waterfront Hall

2010 - Christmas Group Exhibition. Cavehill Gallery, Belfast
2010 - "Xmas Xhibition", Belfast Waterfront Hall. (Carrie Neely Art)
2010 - Royal Ulster Academy, 129th Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast
2010 - "Mix Box", The Black Box, Belfast. (Carrie Neely Art)
2010 - "Seen/Unseen",  Westport Arts Festival, Co. Mayo
2010 - Ulster Watercolour Society,  Old Northern Bank, Belfast
2010 -  "Winter Art",  SafeHouse Gallery, Belfast

2009 - Royal Ulster Academy, 128th Exhibition, Old Northern Bank, Belfast

2008 - Royal Ulster Academy, 127th Exhibition, Titanic Drawing Offices, Belfast
2008 - "Artists Exposure", SafeHouse Gallery, (9th Cathedral Qtr Arts Fest)

2007 - Irish Arts Festival, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
2007 - SafeHouse Gallery Summer Exhibition, Belfast
2007 - Bistro Restaurant, Holywood Co Down
2007 - 4th International Miniart Exchange UK,  Waterfront Hall, Belfast

2006 - Christmas/New Year Group Show, SafeHouse Gallery, Belfast
2006 - Royal Ulster Academy, 125th Exhibition, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
2006 - ArtWave Chartity Auction,  Belfast City Hall

2005 - "Metamorphosis Begins",  Waterfront Hall, Belfast


2012 - Shortlist Award. National Postcard Art Compition.    
The Picture Works, Dublin.
2011 - Carnathan Galleries "Best Townscape" Prize.         
Ulster Watercolour Society
2010 - Ross's Auctions "Best Watercolour" Prize.          
Royal Ulster Academy
2007 - SIAP Award.                     
Arts Council of Northern Ireland


The Stephen Shaw Gallery opened above Good Vibrations Record Shop in January 2010 and featured as part of the Programme for "Culture Night Belfast 2010". The Gallery was closed, along with the shop, in June 2011 and moved to a dedicated room in Townhouse Gallery, 125 Great Victoria Street, Belfast.

Stephen has appeared on BBC Radio Ulster "Arts Extra" in April 2011 and January 2012. 

Was interviewed and filmed for a feature on the Cathedral Quarter Exhibition in The John Hewitt by NVTV. Broadcast on 12th May, 2015 in the programme "Focal Point". Available On Line.

I was interviewed and filmed by local TV Channel NVTV about my work, for their Arts Programme "Collapse the Box". The interview took place in my studio at home, and outside in my back alleyway. It was first broadcast on Monday 8th Feb, 2016. There's a link to the programme on the Links page of this site, should you wish to view? Running time approx 30mins.

Other small selections can usually be viewed at:      

  • Eakin Gallery, Lisburn Road, Belfast
  • Engine Room Gallery, Donegall Sq South, Belfast
  • Townhouse Gallery, 125 Great Victoria Street, Belfast
  • Gallery 1608. Main Street,  Bushmills. County Antrim
  • ArtisAnn Gallery, 70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast
  • The Hallows Gallery, 222 Ormeau Road, Belfast
(Work in these Galleries is generally not visible on this website. So enquire if you visit?)

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  1. Janis McKnight avatar
    Janis McKnight Sep 23, 2014

    Wow, Stephen, your paintings are AMAZING!  So detailed & atmospheric.  Looking forward to your exhibition.  Janis (Tots’ Café)