Situated at the heart of Queen’s University on the first floor of the Lanyon Building, the Naughton Gallery is one of Belfast’s most exciting visual arts spaces, promoting diversity, inclusivity, and artistic excellence. The Gallery presents a rolling programme of original contemporary exhibitions, and has exhibited work by both local and internationally-renowned artists including Adham Faramawy, Marie Jacotey, Aidan Koch, Sarah Maple, Locky Morris, and Tom of Finland. The Naughton Gallery also runs an extensive programme of talks, screenings, and special events.
Named after its generous benefactors, Martin and Carmel Naughton, the Gallery was established in 2001 as a means of showcasing the University’s permanent Collection which comprises gifts, bequests, and purchases since the foundation of Queen's College in 1845. The Gallery programme later developed to feature exhibitions of works on loan, both contemporary and historical, although the permanent Collection remains on display throughout various University sites. A range of media is represented in the Collection – paintings, prints, works on paper, sculpture, furniture, metalwork, and silver – and perhaps most notable is the impressive hang of over fifty portraits in the Lanyon Building’s Great Hall.
With free admission and open six days per week, the Naughton Gallery welcomes visitors from around the world, and has been recognised as one of the leading university galleries in the UK and Ireland, winning the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in 2008.