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Belfast Open Studios

June 2019

Belfast Open Studios returns on Saturday 19 October, 10am - 5pm to provide the sixth annual insight into the tremendous creative activity that is going on all around us, all of the time

Pollen Studios and Gallery will be open from 11am - 5pm


Over 250 artists from 11 groups across the city invite the public to visit their studio spaces, see the work they are currently developing and catch a glimpse of the creative process in action. Some studios are offering drop-in workshops, tours and taster sessions throughout the day.

Shared studio Space Available

September 2019

Pollen Studios and Gallery wish Sinéad Breathnach Cashell good luck as she moves into her new studio home. Working for NI Screen on the UTV archives she is now based in Flax Studios at Havelock House. That leaves a space in our shared studio area for a new Pollenator. Please email the studio or contact any of our studio members.

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Clay Conversation

June 2019

The Expanded Studio Project paired artists from two cities to explore new approaches to collaboration and produce new work. As part of this exchange ceramic artist Christine Stevens visited Northern Ireland at the end of June and Pollen Studios hosted a conversation asking her question ‘What is your experience of being an artist in Belfast?’ This was a hands-on experience as the process included an extension of working with clay during the conversation.
Christine was more interested in the conversation than the material outcome so skills in working with clay were not important.  She wanted to talk to artists working in Belfast, but not necessarily from Belfast, interested in the here and now, knowing that the question will mean different things to different people.

Belfast International Festival of Performance Art 2019

February 2019

Pollen Studios and Gallery facilitated Ulster University Graduate Artists in Residence running a performance art workshop.

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An evening of Performance

January 2019

Welcome to an evening of solo performance art in Pollen Studio featuring Timo Viialainen (Finland), Salla Valle (Finland), Sinead O'Neill-Nicholl (Northern Ireland), Elaine McGinn (Northern Ireland) and Chloe Austin (Ireland/Northern Ireland)

This event is organised by Timo Viialainen

Timo Viialainen is a performance artist, sound artist and visual artist based in Helsinki currently residing in Belfast. His first artistic live appearance was in the performance art festival Exit in 2001. In the early 2000s he performed mostly with sound and experimental music related projects. The first solo performance art pieces started to form around 2011 and since then he has performed in numerous festivals and events in 18 different countries. The performances he creates are always site and situation specific.

Timo Viialainen has previously studied music technology and theatre sound. Currently he is studying fine arts Fine Art Academy in Helsinki. To Belfast he ended up thru exchange program in the Master of Fine Arts in the Belfast School of Arts.

Skyfield

September 2018

Video-Install-performance by Eleni Koliopoulou

Sky-field was the third installation project by performance artist Eleni Koliopoulou that formed part of her practice based PhD research in Ulster University. The event was a video-install-action that explored and sought to expand our body's relationship with our surroundings. The audience become co-creator of the installation and was encouraged to participate to it.

Sky-Field is part of her practice based research upon the Butoh body notion as enriching elements of installation art (both formally and conceptually). Butoh is a contemporary Japanese dance form that arose in parallel with happenings in the Western art world. It encompasses a creative meditative state and body awareness, aiming primarily to an alternative dwelling of the environment. Install-action is a term coined by Brian Connolly and marks an interdisciplinary grey area of research.

The event was a welcoming and engaging experience commencing at 7pm and lasting for about an hour.
An informal discussion of the experience followed after the event, at around 8pm, where participants contributed by sharing their thoughts.

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Belfast International Festival of Performance Art

November 2017

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)

Belfast Open Studios

October 2017

OVER 250 BELFAST ARTISTS OPENED THEIR DOORS TO THE PUBLIC, 21 OCTOBER 2017 11am to 5pm, Various Venues

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

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Belfast Open Studios

Belfast Open Studios returns on Saturday 19 October, 10am - 5pm to provide the sixth annual insight into the tremendous creative activity that is going on all around us, all of the time


Over 250 artists from 11 groups across the city invite the public to visit their studio spaces, see the work they are currently developing and catch a glimpse of the creative process in action. Some studios are offering drop-in workshops, tours and taster sessions throughout the day.


Participating studios

Artists at the Mill (Conway Mill, West Belfast)

Belfast Print Workshop (Cotton Court, City Centre)

Cathedral Studios (City Centre)

Creative Exchange Artist Studios (Portview Trade Centre, East Belfast)

Digital Arts Studios (Cathedral Buildings, City Centre)

Flax Art Studios (Havelock House, Ormeau Road)

Orchid Studios (Corporation Street, City Centre)

Platform Arts (Queen Street, City Centre)

Pollen Studio and Gallery (Queen Street, City Centre)

QSS (The Arches Centre, East Belfast)

Vault Artist Studios (Tower Street, East Belfast)


Visitors can expect to see paintings emerge from blank canvases, initial sketches becoming fully realised artworks and sculpture being formed from the raw materials. You will be able to see artworks that have never before been seen in public, as well as ones that have been exhibited in galleries around the world. Most studios are also offering the opportunity to purchase work (Dare we mention that Christmas is coming up on the horizon - Shop local, support local artists!)


Part of the Belfast International Festival 2019. Supported by the Belfast Visual Arts Forum.


More information:

www.belfastopenstudios.com 
 (*will be updated soon)


https://belfastinternationalartsfestival.com/event/belfast-open-studios-4/


Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/505439440289913/

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