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.
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
Pollen Studios and Gallery are planning to relocate within the city centre, This is an opportunity to increase our membership as we move to a larger premises. Please read about the studio and our ethos. If you think this would work for you please contact us.
Upcoming exhibitions and events
Late Night Art Belfast Events
Due to Covid 19 we are unable to plan or confirm future events. We hope to have Millie Moore as our opening artist once we are able to hold an event.
In the meantime please stay safe and check out our artists work on their web sites and social media pages.
Doors might be closed but there is still work going on behind them.
We would also appreciate your support for one of our members, Jayne Cherry. Jayne collaborated with Alison Lowry. creating a video piece, purchased by Arts Council of Northern Ireland. This work is included in the Alison Lowry exhibition A(Dressing) Our Hidden Truths.
This exhibition has been nominated for the 2019 Youniversal Award. Please follow the link below to vote.
Pollen Studio members
Performance, drawing, sculpture, textiles and curation are the result of Cherry examining and deconstructing her past experiences.
Responding too where she has found herself to be from birth, comfort and reassurance replaced with paralysing distress and bewilderment has provided oceans of memory to be navigated through.
Had the choice been hers she would have remained longer in some places and never visited others.
Subjects such as fear, abuse and loneliness are what she now has given herself permission to represent in her work in the hope that this will leave clues for the viewer.
I make performances and sculptural objects, often combining both. The value and significance of objects and materials, (implied and perceived), is an underlying motive in the forms I make. Through play and repetition, I allow for evolution and alternate outcomes to occur with qualitative considerations including fragility, absurdity and preciousness. As I search for my own voice I repeat movements and processes adding parts of my story to my work in the hope of striking a connection or a recollection for another.
Making objects of nature subjects of culture is at the core of my practice. I want to challenge where the current condition of nature resides as a subject for artistic intervention and discourse. Current concepts of the anthropocene and of deep ecology inform my visual research and draw me towards more political interventions in my practice.
I am interested in everyday life. The mundane turned beautiful through the eyes of a stranger. How the extra-ordinary to one person is the norm for another, and how similar lives are despite the initial differences. I feel that it is important to learn what a country and its people are like through experience.
Working across multimedia platforms, her versatile work explores an array of historical and political themes, encompasing personal experiences and views gained. A constant conversation takes place between the ephemeral and the timeless, creating new perspectives and considerations of general and social structuralist ideologies.
My practice reflects an interest in memory and temporality. Exploring the relationship between the photograph and drawing, a focus is placed on the embodied presence of gesture and materialisation through re-description of found and personal photographs.
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