Gallery 545 at the Harrison: Artists on the Rise Pop-up 5 November – 5 December 2021

Gallery 545 is thrilled to join forces with the Harrison Chambers of Distinction to present a group of artists on the rise based in Northern Ireland. A curated selection of their unique paintings is on display in a beautiful room in the quirky hotel in Belfast. Viewers can have the opportunity to discover and appreciate art in this welcoming and relaxing interior setting.

‘Artists on the Rise Pop-up’ features six accomplished emerging painters: Ronan Bowes, Karl Hagan, Janet Keith, Rachel Lawell, Joel Simon and Katherine St Angelo. They have encountered recognition for their artistic merit in Northern Ireland and beyond, with their work being awarded, included in public collections, or exhibited at high profile venues. This exhibition brings the artists together for the first time, to showcase and spread the word about their talent.

All these painters create original works with a distinctive quality, exploring and drawing upon different themes and traditions and adopting their own style. Ronan depicts vibrant abstract paintings, colourful and harmonious compositions with bold gestural marks. Karl has made intriguing semi-figurative images of nuclear explosions, capturing at the same time their terrible destructive power and their captivating visual spectacle. Janet’s works are lively and carefully balanced abstract paintings inspired by the colours, lights and shapes of nature and the rhythms of music. Katherine’s pieces are intense atmospheric semi-abstract landscapes evoking the forms of natural surroundings and the emotional experience of being immersed in them. Rachel portrays charismatic self-absorbed female figures revisiting and challenging traditional representations of women in cinema and popular culture. Finally, Joel’s work is inspired by films too, but also by photography, and he paints intriguing subjects trying to capture their personalities and stories.

This exhibition is a joint initiative by Women in Business Members, Francesca Biondi, Gallery 545 Art Director and Curator, and Melanie Harrison, Owner of the Harrison Chambers of Distinctions. Their collaboration has been inspired and guided by their passion for art, and their desire to promote local artists and offer clients and visitors a unique art experience.

Harrison Chambers of Distinction, 45 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6RX

Open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10.30am-5.30pm & Sundays 1-5.30pm (no booking required)

Online - always open VIEW THE ARTWORKS ONLINE

Artworks can be purchased at Gallery 545, online or in person. For sales and enquiries, contact Francesca / 07960 130414.

Visiting the exhibition in person – There will be measures in place because of Covid-19 to keep visitors safe subject go government regulations. Any updates will be published on this page.

Francesca Biondi commented: I am excited and grateful to collaborate with Melanie and the artists on this very special art event. With this pop-up I wish to support these exceptional emerging artists, who often have less opportunities to showcase their work and be appreciated at this stage of their career. I also wish to reach art lovers so that they can discover or find out more about new talents here. The Harrison is the perfect place for this event, its elegant and spacious rooms and its charming atmosphere make it an ideal space to display art and welcome visitors to see it. Melanie, a true art lover, made it possible to happen at the Harrison.


Gallery 545 is an online gallery specialising in contemporary art of Northern Ireland. The gallery also runs an exhibition programme is physical venues throughout the year.

The Harrison Chambers of Distinction - Owner Melanie Harrison restored and transformed a landmark Victorian merchants’ residence into a quirky boutique hotel. They recently won a National Geographic Award.

EXHIBITIONS DOUBLE BILL in Malone Road, Belfast - 'Artists on the Rise Pop-up' is running at the same time as 'Gallery 545 Group Exhibition: Contemporary Art of Northern Ireland' from 13 November. Visit both shows just a few doors from each other!