37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA

Pollen Studios and Gallery

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Happenstance Fundraising Exhibition and Raffle

December 2017

Thank you to everyone who took part, for your generosity, time and talent. 


Aimee Magee, Aisling O Beirn, Alastair MacLennan, Alice Clark, Alison Lowry, Andrew Wood, Anne Butler, Anne Smith, Austyn Finnegan, Brian Connolly, Brian Kielt, Charlie Bosenquet, Colin Darke, Colm Clarke, Damian Magee, David Turner,Dermot Gibson, Dougal McKenzie, Felicity Graham, Gerard Carson, Grainne Dowling, Hannah Casey, Jayne Cherry, Joe McFadden, John Rainey, Julie Douglas, Karine Talec, Leanne Herilihy, Marieka De Witt, Maura Lynch, Megan Burns, Micheal Hanna , Moira McIvor, Nathan Crothers, Peter Richards, Rebecca Smith, Ruth Osbourne, Sebastien Escalante, Sinead Breathnach Cashell, Sinead O Donnell , Siobhan McQuade, Siobhan Mullan, Stuart Cairns, Stuart Calvin , Sue Cathcart, Susan Hughes, Susan McKeever , Tony Hill , Tonya McMullan, Una Sealey, William Simpson, Willy Heron, Yasuke Saito, Yvonne Keenan, Zara Lyness, Hugh O Donnell, Meghan Heeney, Gail Mahon, Ink Monkey, Bradbury Graphics, Infinity Farm, Phil Hessian, Slavka Sverakova, Thomas, Sharon Adams, Rachel Rankin and Flamenco Phil.

The raffle has raised much needed funds for improved lighting for future exhibitions and  other essential gallery equipment. 

Belfast International Festival of Performance Art 2017

Pollen Studios were pleased to host another BIFPA Performance Workshop. This year the workshop was lead by Shirley McWilliam, Dominic Thorpe and Rachel Rankin. The students made a performance presentation in the Pollen Gallery space on Wednesday 15th November.

Well done and thank you to everyone who participated. Good work!

The Belfast International Festival of Performance Art is an annual festival, established by Brian Connolly in 2013. It evolved out of a series of previous performance art events within the Belfast School of Art. It was established as an independent festival program within the University in 2016.

BIFPA generates new performance artworks by international, national & local artists, along with work created by students and recent graduates of the Fine Art Course.

The majority of the performance artworks occur within, or in the vicinity of, the Glass Box Gallery in the Foyer of the Belfast Campus, but other satellite venues and locations have been used in the past, these include: Pollen Gallery

Belfast International Festival of Performance Art 2017

Performance Art Student Workshop Presentation 

Wednesday 15th November

The work was a group performance with a duration of just over 1 hour made by 2nd and 3rd year Fine Art students from Ulster University. The artists involved were Alexandra Hall, Phillip Keers, Marianne Dupain, Sinead O'Neill McNicholl, Lykke Soenderkaer and Natalia  Stojevski. Development of the presentation was led by Rachel Rankin, (BA Fine Art Graduate 2016 and Graduate Artist-in Residence at the University 2016/17)

Photographs of the performance kindly provided by Jordan Hutchings.

Pollen Studio members took part in the Visual Artists Cafe, Open Studios Day and other panel events for the event this year. We even had two members on the poster!

Organised by Visual Artists Ireland.


Belfast Open Studios, now in its sixth year, is an opportunity for the public to come and see how artists work and to take a glimpse into their creative processes.

Belfast is home to over 250 professional artists; painting, drawing, performing, filming and creating. A public open day on Sa

turday 21 October will enable you to see behind closed doors, in nooks and crannies of the city, artists are at work developing the seeds of ideas that result in artworks often shown in galleries, museums, art centres, artist-led spaces and various venues.

Belfast Open Studios is grateful for the support of Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Belfast International Festival, The British Council and Arts & Business NI.

Additional information is available at www.belfastopenstudios.com


June-July 2017

Proximity was a gallery exchange and exhibition showcasing the current work by Platform and Pollen studio members.

Through the concept of cross pollination, the Pollen studio members considered the present circumstances of their practices. Works included drawing, painting, sculptural installation performance and video. The exhibition created a varied cross-section of visual art from within the close proximity of both collectives in the area of Queen Street. 

A closing event marked the end of the residence and involved audience participation, performance and demonstrations.

Exhibiting artists: Alice Clark, Jayne Cherry, Rebecca Smyth, Sinead Breathnach Cashell, Aimee Magee, Rebecca Robinson, Jack Cole, Andrew Glenn, Jaqueline Huskisson, Eamon Quinn

Photography by Simon Mills

BAPS (Belfast Artists Paper Society)

March 2017

Collect and Connect

January 2017