Ann McVeigh and Ken Bartley, who own the gallery, are no strangers to the art world, having been involved in the scene for over twenty years, during which time they have curated a number of exhibitions, including the ‘Hands of History + 20’ for the Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool; ‘Introduction to the Hands of History + 20’ for the British Council, Belfast, as part of the Good Friday commemorations, and various shows at the EastSide Gallery, ArtTank, the LinenHall Library, the Golden Thread Gallery, among other venues as well as organising other events, and exhibiting their own work.
Focusing mainly on photography, Ann and Ken have been invited to show at the Naughton Gallery at Queen's, the Assembly Rooms, Catalyst Arts, Queen Street Studios, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, the latter two as part of a larger, collaborative work, and a solo show at Framewerk. They have also successfully submitted works to the Royal Ulster Academy's annual show.
After completing her Phd, Ann worked for the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, where she wrote the guide to Art and the Archives. She has published widely in academic journals and in popular books and magazines. She also established the successful Belfast Unbound events company, which ran events across Northern Ireland for many years.
Ken worked for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for almost two decades. He also organised a range of music events in Belfast, including events at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, the American Jazz Musician, Roy Ayers, at the Empire and the contemporary electronic musician, Scanner, at the Belfast International Arts Festival. He is joint author of an Atlas of Medieval England, published by Manchester University Press. He is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Arts for Reconciliation project, run by the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. He is also Chair of the Digital Arts Studios and a committee member of the Belfast Visual Arts Forum.
Dr Ann McVeigh, owner of ArtisAnn
Photograph by Helen Sloan