Review: Van Gogh the immersive experience arrives in Belfast

Review: Van Gogh the immersive experience arrives in Belfast

Following huge success across multiple European cities and in the United States,  Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience has arrived at Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast. The experience is open until 26 January 2023.

The expansive and award-winning 360-degree digital art experience, by entertainment producer Exhibition Hub together with Fever, the leading entertainment discovery platform, offers visitors total immersion in the life and work of Van Gogh.

Step into more than 300 of Van Gogh’s sketches, drawings, and paintings in a 20,000 Sq ft immersive experience at the centre of the exhibition.

Arriving at Carlisle Memorial Church you step into the sunflower themed foyer and the start of exhibition. Through art, information panels and QR codes you will learn more about Van Gogh and his life and creativity. You’ll read about his inspirations, his mental health, his brother and his friendships during his short life. If you take the time it’s a fascinating read; I spent more time in this space learning about the great artist than I did in the projection space. His story is fascinating and sad. Look out for the large Van Gogh head with his art projected onto it, or the other creative pieces in this area. And take the time to enjoy the reproduction pieces of his art. 

The main projection room is awesome. Sit in a deck chair, relax and let yourself be immersed in Van Gogh’s world. There’s no rush to leave this space, take as long as you want. It really is very impressive and certainly appealing to a new generation of art lovers. Personally I’d rather be immersing myself into his actual art which can be found in museums around the world; he was such a prolific painter that there’s plenty of pieces to go around. It’s hard to believe that in his own lifetime he wasn’t a commercial success; if only he knew just how globally famous and respected his art would become.

The multi-sensory VR experience lets visitors explore a ten-minute journey “A Day in the Life of the Artist”, in which the inspiration behind some of Van Gogh’s most beloved works are revealed, including Vincent’s Bedroom at Arles, and Starry Night Over The Rhone. The VR experience is included as part of a VIP ticket, or you can buy a standard ticket and pay £5 for the VR experience when you arrive in the room.

At the end you might want to buy a souvenir in the shop to remember your visit to this iconic exhibition.

It’s so amazing to see this experience in Belfast, you’ll love it and it’s the perfect spot for it to be hosted in; the beautiful Carlisle Memorial Church. 

To view the film trailer of Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience please click here.

For further information and future Belfast ticket releases visit

Van Gogh’s head

Reproduction Van Gogh art

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