Members news and events

Pollenators are involved with a diverse range of organisations and projects . Here are some of our other activities

  • New Pagans - Lyndsey McDougall

    With more creative threads than you could shake a spindle at, we are delighted to share the latest news from Lyndsey and her band New Pagans

    Recent winner of the ‘Best Live Act’ at the NI Music Prize

    The other wonderful news is that they have just signed to Big Scary Monsters !!!

    They are feel really excited about working with everyone at the label. This is the start of something good.

    They’ll be releasing the debut LP The Seed, The Vessel, The Roots and All on the 19th March and you can pre-order it here:

    ‘The Seed, The Vessel, The Roots and All’ from Belfast’s own New Pagans.

    Their debut album, with influences ranging from PJ Harvey to Sonic Youth, is home to massive riffs and rare dynamics and uses their creative influence to challenge past and present issues surrounding relationships, equality, history, and gender, all wrapped up in their alternative, post-punk, indie rock style.

    They have also just released a new single that can be found here

  • Children of Lir - Aimee Magee

    Children of Lir Part 1 & 2

    Created and Performed by NoelAndrew Harron, Aimee Magee and Xavier Mcadé Costa.

    Meet Fiachra, Conn, Aódhn and Fíonnghula the children of the great sea god Lir. Lir has remarried and their new stepmother  isn't too keen in her new husband's brood. With every passing day she grows more and more jealous. Watch the story unfold as the children become prey to their stepmothers envy. With 'Magical Mystery Irishy Sorcery' the children begin a transformative quest and journey among a strange land with even stranger inhabitants.

    Out Tiny Typicallu, Fantastical, magical journey interweaves storytelling, puppetry, original song/music and zany charactersto bring young audiences a message of caring for the environment as well as introoducing them to some of the famous myths of Ireland. 

    This film was produced using recycled and repurposed materials. A safe children's theatre experience in our current climate. 

    supported by ACNI and Aceagrams for Skewbald Theatre 

  • Arts Fest 2020 - Aimee Magee, Jayne Cherry, Niamh Clarke, Alice Clark & Zara Lyness

    We are Grace Fairley of the Take Up Space project at Connswater and Aimee Magee of Pollen Studio Belfast, founders of Arts Fest, a new experimental community arts project based in Belfast.Arts Fest was born from a desire to raise awareness of the extremely talented and under represented artists emerging in Belfast. We aim to create a safe environment for music and arts where is everyone is welcome to encourage solidarity amongst artists and bring our community closer together.Our first show is being hosted by Arts for ALL at Cityside Retail Park on Friday 6th March 6-9pm.We have over 20 artists showcasing work with musical talent and dj performances on the opening night.Come check out our group show of fresh and funky artists bursting on to the scene in Belfast. Expect digital babes, large scale newspaper sculptures, impossible textiles, atmospheric photography and pertuative painting. We will dazzle and delight you, ignite your senses, make you boogie the night away and leave you feeling lovely.Drinks and snacks provided.We will see you for the opening on Friday 6th March 6-9pm, in Arts for ALL at Cityside.Exhibition runs for 2 weeks.Supported by Pollen Studio Belfast, Take Up Space, Arts for ALL and Belfast Visual Arts Forum.

  • Taking Action 2019

    On Wednesday 12 February, representatives from 18 Belfast-based grassroots arts organisations - host to approximately 450 artists - will gather at City Hall to request emergency intervention from Belfast City Council City Growth and Regeneration Committee members in the face of rampant redevelopment that threaten their spaces and livelihoods. 

    Many of these artist-led organisations save their private landlords thousands of pounds annually in rates, make their own repairs to buildings often in substandard conditions of inhabitability, and occupying spaces and buildings that could not easily be rented to other organisations without significant financial input from the landlords. Whilst many organisations do have good relationships with their landlords, there is no incentive for them to invest in the infrastructure where the studios are only given short term leases and are occupying buildings on a temporary basis. The only way to ensure a vibrant arts sector going forward is to give studios and grassroots organisations security and stability by offering them support to buy their own buildings or long leases in publicly owned buildings.

    Most of these artists do their work in their spare time and manage their buildings and output voluntarily on top of job, family and education commitments. Many artists work in low-paid arts and voluntary sector jobs, also in the city and so contribute to the ecology of the arts in the city in multiple ways, that would be impossible to replace easily or quickly, or without a great loss to the cultural caché of Belfast.

    Belfast has produced outstanding visual arts and has grown a healthy, self-sustaining community for decades, but at this point we are beyond being able to ‘make-do and mend’, we need real and meaningful support from all quarters, so many of us will need to seek arts communities elsewhere

  • On the Way - Zara Lyness

    Bbeyond performance art organisation supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Presents: ON THE WAY … step by step


    Bbeyond proposes the theme and concept of Freedom and Identity, with the potential sense of Freedom from Identity, to help expand our thinking on Identity. On the Way … Step by Step uses Freedom and Identity as themes to develop a deep ecology where the role of artists is in promoting creativity as outlets of contemporary thinking moving the agenda from ego to eco and beyond echoing contemporary issues. Bbeyond endeavours to engage with these issues through promoting solo and groups performance art works.


    The NI border represents division and with its centenary looming and Brexit taking place, Bbeyond wishes to highlight this very important and sensitive aspect of Freedom and Identity proposing performative ways to overcome divisions, even if its only a momentary overcoming or eclipsing chronological time.


    This is arts essential essence and potential, ‘art as unity’ as Iris Murdock encapsulates it.


    Performances by: Boris Nieslony, Karin Meiner, Nieves Correa, Anette Friedrich Johannessen, Mari Norddahl, Bernadette Hopkins, Elaine McGinn, Eleni Kolliopoulou, Sandra Corrigan Breathnach, Zara Lyness

  • The Visualisation of Pain - Jayne Cherry

    The Visualisation of Pain

    University of Atypical, 21st -29th November

    Jayne Cherry

    Jayne Cherry exhibited and was involved in workshops for this event. 

    This exhibition is a part of a wider research study led by Ulster University, PhD Researcher Niamh McConaghy. Participants are from both the University of Atypical and the charity Versus Arthritis, and all experience chronic pain in one form or another. The artwork shown in this exhibition is created in response to both the experienced psychosocial pain experience and visually documented pain experience over a two week period. This work investigates if a combination of language (through poetry) and visual art can articulate a more comprehensive way to communicate chronic pain, that is reflective of the total pain experience.

    Northern Ireland Versus Arthritis ArthritisCare Arthritis Action Rheumatoid Arthritis Group Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group
    #artsNI Belfast Visual Arts Forum Community Fine Art Belfast Belfast Art Galleries Ulster University

  • Botanic Gardens - Zara Lyness

    Funded by the ACNI SIAP General Art Awards, 2018, Zara Lyness has installed 6 Parian porcelain Cryptolaemus bugs that will support education visits and talks by Botanic Gardens staff. The Australian Ladybird larvea are used as part of the ecological pest control methods in the Ravine House and Botanic Gardens greenhouses. 

  • Somatic Distortion - Jayne Cherry

    4th & 5th October

    The Glens Centre Theatre Space

    Jayne Cherry is making live performance work on Friday 4th October as part of the Somatic Distortion event that includes performance from an international gathering or artists including Alastair MacLennan, Fergus Byrne, Analía Beltrán í Janés, Fausto Grossi, Elvira Santamaría Torres, Rainer Pagel, Keike Twisselmann. Please see the link for schedule of performances and talks.

  • RDS AWARDS - Naimh Clarke

    Congratulations to Naimh Clarke for selection into the 2019 RDS Art Awards Exhibition. The exhibition will be held in the RDS Concert Hall and will run from 18th - 24th October 2019.

    Niamh is the newest member of Pollen, joining us mid summer 2019, after graduation from the Ulster University Fine Art BA degree course, specialising in drawing. Her degree show work included drawing and video and we can't wait to see what she will do next. 

  • Paper Gothic - Jayne Cherry & Zara Lyness

    Paper Gothic, the Halloween BAPS (Belfast Artists paper Society) Exhibition was held in Framewerk Gallery, Belfast. Visited by the Late Night Art bus, the gallery was packed and every had a fabulous time.

  • Expanded Studio Project Sineéad Breathnach Cashell and Zara Lyness


    The Expanded Studio Project is a 6 month collaborative initiative between artists based in Belfast and resident artists at Primary. The aim of the project is to develop external relationships, exchange ideas and explore different modes of collaboration.

    The Expanded Studio Project was initiated by Jane Morrow (PS² Curator in Residence) and by resident artists at Primary. It is jointly co-ordinated by Deirdre Morrissey (Belfast) and Nastassja Simensky (Nottingham). It is supported by Arts Council England and Belfast City Council.

    Participating artists based in Belfast:
    Alex Brunt; Barry Mulholland; Hannah McBride; Declan Proctor; Esther O’Kelly; Zara Lyness; Gerard Carson; Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell; Robin Price; Jackie Wylie; Thomas Wells; Heather Dornan Wilson; Sinead McKeever; Grace McMurray

    Participating artists based in Nottingham:
    Chris Lewis-Jones; Roger Suckling; Rebecca Gamble; Bruce Asbestos; Christine Stevens; Georgina Barney; Ines Garcia, Louisa Chambers; Marek Tobolewski; Mik Godley; Pete Ellis; Rhiannon Jones; Nadim Chaudry; Sarah Tut; Paul Webber

  • Niamh Clarke

    The Multi Culti Collective is a group of recent graduates of Fine Art from Ulster University who are showing a body of work as diverse as their ethnic backgrounds. The artists – Ausrine Suratkeviciute, Niamh Clarke, Amy Devlin, Marta Dyczkowska, Jessica Gunn, Maria Horvathova, Anna Horvathova, Bernie Mc Adam, Megan Mclaughlin, Sarah-Jane Mclaughlin and Anka Sikora hail from Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania and Northern Ireland.

  • Practiced Hands - Jayne Cherry, Alice Clark & Sinéad Breathnach Cashell

    Oct 2018

    Over forty years since production ended in Conway Mill, the Drying Room will be animated with automatic drawing machines, live performers and archive film. Artists Alice Clark and Jayne Cherry invite you to their mesmerising performance in harmony with scenes of the linen industry from the Digital Film Archive. The past and present will overlap as the gestures of current linen workers echo those from decades before. Join us on either night to discover what will emerge from this alchemy of raw materials and raw footage. Expect home grown flax, industrial waste and more. 


    Jayne Cherry is an artist living and working in the countryside of Co.Down. She makes art to try to comprehend her personal experiences and emotional wanderings. Using intricate investigations with drawing, painting, needlework, sound, installation and live art performances she attempts to decipher any covert signs and leave clues that may be helpful to those who come behind her.

    Alice Clark’s background is in weaving but after graduating from Ulster University with an MA in Fine Art in 2011 she has worked in a variety of media including drawing, making, installation, and performance. All relate in a broad sense to landscape and the environment. Her practice explores ways of relating to and interacting with natural and often live objects such as trees, plants and seeds.

    This live cinema event is a partnership project by Northern Ireland Screen, Film Hub NI and Pollen Studio. It is curated by Sinéad Bhreathnach Cashell and funded by BFI Film Audience Network supported by the National Lottery. It is possible thanks to additional support from Belfast Film Festival, Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen, the GT Gallery and the Flax Visitor Centre. 

    Conway Mill, Drying Room, 5-7 Conway Street, Belfast, BT13 2DE

    Thursday 4th October 6:30-8:30pm and Friday 5th October 6:30-8:30pm.

    Contact with any questions. 

    This event is part of the Linen Biennale. Northern Ireland’s Linen Biennale celebrates the past, present and future landscape of linen through an extended arts festival, presented and hosted by multiple venues across the region.

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