Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

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Own Art

Own Art makes buying art easier and more affordable than ever.

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Starting or growing your very own art collection has never been easier thanks to ‘Own Art’, an interest free loan scheme supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which aims to make buying art more accessible. 

Own Art makes interest free loans possible for people over the age of 18 in Northern Ireland, who want to buy artwork by a living artist from galleries that are signed up to the scheme.  It works by letting you spread the cost of the artwork over 10 months, making it more affordable to buy the artwork of your dreams.

Own Art customers are able to borrow anything from £100 to £2,500. The loan can also be used as a part-payment on higher value items, helping to support more ambitious buying for higher value items. A deposit isn’t necessary.

Own Art is available at the following galleries in Northern Ireland:

Staff in the galleries will take you through the loan application process, which normally takes about 10 minutes. Once you’ve given all the information they need, you’ll get an instant decision.

Art can also be purchased from hundreds of Own Art member galleries across the UK, many of which specialise in different types of work from prints and photography to ceramics and jewellery, with many offering availability online also. 

For more information and eligibility details or to sign up as a gallery member visit