What We Do
Established in 2011, Pollen Studios and Gallery is an organisation committed to providing an open and accessible contemporary arts platform in Belfast city centre. We are an a self funded, artist led group with the flexibility to arrange events at short notice. Our programming is determined by committee.
Utilising a proactive community orientated educational arts program, the organisation delivers unique socially sited projects that aim to foster civic and cultural enrichment of the city. In addition, Pollen works with international network of artists and collaborators dedicated to promoting performance and live art.
Pollen Studios and Gallery is a registered charity. Charity No. 100099
Upcoming exhibitions and events
Many of our friends will know that Queen Street, our home of almost 10 years, is going through a lot of changes. We are very sad that we have to say our good byes to our 1st floor studio and gallery space and move to fresh pastures.
However, we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to hunker down under the wing of Flax Studios in their new emerging/graduate artist hub in 7 North Street, Belfast.
Thanks to Gail and Martin at Flax Art for offering us a change of scenery in an autonomous space on the 1st floor. We look forward to meeting all the new tenants and forging new relationships with all of our neighbours.
We are also delighted that our 2021 Graduation Award Winner shares the same roof and the first artist we will be supporting in our new home.
2021 Pollen Studio Graduate Award winner exhibition
‘not exactly alive but not quite dead’
Solo performance and installation by Nina Oltarzewska
Nina Oltarzewska is a French artist, based in Belfast. She graduated in 2021 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Belfast School of Art, receiving five Graduate Awards for the work presented at her Degree Show. Her cross-discipline practice includes sound, video, performance, sculpture and installation. Within the next few years she intends to pursue a Fine Art Master’s degree.
I am a multimedia artist whose work largely focuses on the constrained nature of the embodied state and its effects on the psyche. From the variety of visceral reactions to stress to the more mundane slow-burning bodily sensations that arise from anxious states, my work aims to normalise dialogue around these subjects. I create an immersive experience for the viewer, where emotions can be felt without fear, in a setting that promotes healing.
In a society that creates the illusion of happiness via social media platforms, I want to bring attention back to how we really feel, in the hope of creating a more supportive environment. The goal is to build up momentum, until the work speaks to that glimmer of hope that we all somehow sense.