Our artwork collection comprises everything from sculptures and still-life paintings to landscapes, portraits and gallery copies, all of which have been accumulated via gifts and bequests from local artists, collectors and families over the years.
We hold important pieces of Irish art from the likes of Charles Lamb, Cecil Galbally and Maurice MacGonigal, all generously donated to the museum by the Haverty Trust.
James Humbert Craig (1878 -1944) collection
A highlight of our painting collection is work by Bangor artist, James Humbert Craig, who was raised at Ballyholme. His paintings are on permanent display within the main Council building and can be viewed by special arrangement.
In 1948, Craig’s widow donated ‘Glendun, Cushendun’ to the people of the borough, while 12 more of his artworks were bequeathed to the Council in 1957.
Original poster art
During the 1950s and 1960s Bangor Borough Council collaborated with railway companies to encourage people to visit Ulster. As part of this initiative, Council often commissioned artists to recreate colourful scenes of the local area, which were used on advertising posters and souvenir brochures.
Our collection includes poster art from:
- Claude Buckle
- Derrick Hass
- AJ Wilson
- Bryan De Grineau