Welcome to Bhel.
The Bhel Gallery an artist-run initiative.

Artist Lloyd Keane working on ‘The Watcher’ (2015), the third of four ‘perspectives’ in his ‘Black Horizon Perspective’ series.

A work in progress photograph of artist Fergal T. Fitzpatrick and his painting ‘Blood Inside’ from 2015.

About the Bhel

The Bhel Gallery is an artist – run Initiative.
We are a not – for – profit online gallery providing an innovative space for contemporary visual art and illustration. We aim to act as a springboard for the public promotion, awareness, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.

The Bhel Gallery presents work by European and international artists, some of whose work has rarely or never been publicly exhibited in an online gallery. We also promote works of visionary art, that is, works of artists that are motivated by their unique personal vision and not conforming to an established standard.

The Bhel Gallery also helps artists through curation and putting creative ideas into action, to develop their skills, make connections within global networks, earn exposure for their work, and share their expertise with others.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Bhel mean?
The word ‘Bhel” is the etymological root of two interesting words ‘black’ and ‘flame’.

Black – from *blakaz “burned”, root *bhel – “to shine, flash, burn”.
Flame – from *bhleg- “to shine, flash,” from root *bhel – “to shine, flash, burn”

A ‘black flame’ is a poetic expression for the psyche and its ability to generate meaning, or in artistic terms, to create ideas embodied in a given medium. We in the Bhel like to call that making art.

What does artist – run initiative mean?

The Bhel Gallery is an artist – run Initiative.
An artist – run initiative is an umbrella term used for many types of artist generated activity. It can be defined by any project run by visual artists to present their and others’ projects. This may manifest as a gallery space [as it does here] or some other functional approach for exhibition.

How do I exhibit in the Bhel Gallery?

While exhibiting in the Bhel Gallery is normally by invitation only we do at times make exceptions to that rule. Please be sure to read the submission guidelines here first. If you are interested in exhibiting in the Bhel Gallery please contact the gallery at suppling images of your art, an art statement and an artists CV. The curator will then be in touch.

Can I purchase any of the work I see in the exhibition?

As the Bhel Gallery is a not – for – profit initiative we do not sell any of the art in our exhibitions.
But we can put you in touch with the artist directly for a private sale should you wish. Please contact the gallery at with the name of the artist and piece you are interested in. We will then forward your information to the artist on your behalf.

Can I contact any of the artists I see in the Bhel Gallery?

Yes, please see above.

I have more questions, who can I talk too?
Please contact us at and we will endeavour to answer any further questions you might have.

Download the submission guidelines here as a PDF.