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“Newly Decorated Front Room!”

The Gallery Whitehead
Ranked #7 of 18 things to do in Whitehead
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
“Newly Decorated Front Room!”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

I called in recently with my family. The front room has been newly decorated in a glorious purple and the artworks are outstanding. The gallery is open when the sign is on the plaque at the front door and front gate. There is a new artist featured each month in the conservatory gallery part of the house. We got a warm welcome and will be returning again soon to see the ever changing high standard of artwork.

Visited March 2014
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Whitehead, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
368 reviews
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“Old meets new at The Gallery Whitehead”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

On entering this delightful Edwardian house you right away sense that you are stepping back in time. The old door bell, the floor tiling in the front hall, the lovely glass stained windows are all telling their own story about a house that has been here for a very long period of time. Well, a few years ago the present owner, an artist, took over and transformed part of it into an art gallery. Cynthia`s art is very colourful so there was no way she could submit to anything less than sparkle. It `hits` you right away and cheers you up big time. The whole interior down to the colour scheme all through the house has been done with care and respect for the grandeur of the old house. Cynthia does not only have her own art on display but also changing exhibitions of other artists. If her opening hrs. do not suit you, you can phone her and she will accommodate you.

Visited January 2014
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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
615 reviews
373 attraction reviews
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“Elvis is in the Building!”
Reviewed 5 January 2014

It’s all changed here. They now open from Noon until 5pm every day. Wow. Entry is free. The place was wildly popular during Whitehead’s Victorian Street Fair when it opened up for guided tours of the house. The place is genuinely Edwardian, you see, with a lot of original features intact, like the brass bell for a doorbell, porch tiles, fireplaces, and even a clothes drying rack from 100 years ago – still in use and now hung with Calvin Clines! If you’re good, and the place hasn’t got visitors simultaneously upstairs and downstairs, ask if you can tour the house. There are rooms with the old wooden floors and fireplace floor tiles from 110 years ago.

The Gallery Whitehead used to host just the work of the artist / owner / curator Cynthia Waddell. She does BIG and colourful paintings with recurring, bold motifs – people, cats, a saw-toothed sea, double Moons. She also does etchings, and paints stones and seashells from local beaches with gold and blue designs. Now the venue has added The Conservatory Gallery, which plays host to special events, usually a visiting monthly show by another artist. Last month it hosted Peter Carton’s very cute Merry Catmas artworks. Right now there is a show on by Maureen O’Donoghue, with everything from Elvis to owls and lily ponds. There are fun launch parties anyone can drop in on, and meet the artists. It’s enjoyable to ask the painter about the pieces on show.

There’s lots of places to park outside because Cable Road is very long, and The Gallery Whitehead is near all sorts of criss-crossing other streets. Two doors away is the very handsome Old Tea House with another Edwardian interior – check out their 200 year old mirror. Follow Cable Road downhill and you’ll get to a particularly fine cast-iron railway foot-bridge. It’s a listed structure, made in 1904 by McFarlane’s. Cross it to reach the famous Promenade, by the sea.

Visited January 2014
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Islandmagee
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“Now open more days”
Reviewed 6 December 2013

They're opening up many more days a week now, it used to be just weekends, now it's whenever the lady who runs it is there, which is very good of her. Look for a sign saying we're open hung on the inside door, and just go in. They have a new room with art from different people in it, and the stuff I saw was driftwood painted by a French painter. Very different stuff, things he'd found and put together, very colourful. The house itself is very nice to see inside, its 100 years old and quite grand inside. Entry is free, look for the garden pillars painted yellow.

Visited November 2013
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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
615 reviews
373 attraction reviews
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“Growing Creativity”
Reviewed 1 September 2013

This place is always fun. It's free to enter, and open 2 to 5 at weekends. I visited twice during the Whitehead Festival, when it was open on weekdays as a bonus. Cynthia, the owner / artist / curator had been on the radio.

As often as I go, there's always lots of new things to see. Cynthia is forever painting, and you may be lucky and find her at work on a piece when you call. She washes beach rocks and paints them as doubly-local works of art. She had a blue phase with them, then jeweled ones, then bronze ones. She also created a popular run of ancient-Egypt-style works, including painted sea shells. She's forever hanging new big, bold paintings up, and has now invited some other artists to hang their work. When I visited there were bird portraits by Janis Smyth and some carp and star portraits by Joanne Campbell on show.

The house itself is an attraction. The door bell is the original Edwardian one, it is an actual brass bell - ask and you can ring it, to see (or rather, hear). I probably said before, but the original ceiling-hung clothes drying rack is also notable. Other 100 year old features include the porch tiles and fire places. The stylish way the place is decorated is also very cute.

The place is going to hold a big show of children's art soon. It's always worth calling in.

Visited August 2013
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Cynthia W, Owner at The Gallery Whitehead, responded to this review, 7 September 2013
Thank you so much for the great review. Very encouraging and good photos too.
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