Expanded Studios Project

Expanded Studio Project
23 – 31 August 2019

Opening: Thursday, 22 August, 6-8pm at PS² - Belfast

Participating artists
Alex Brunt; 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; Barry Mulholland; Hannah McBride; Chris Lewis Jones; Roger Suckling; Bex Gamble; Bruce Asbestos; Christine Stevens; Frank Abbot; Georgina Barney; Ines Garcia, Louisa Chambers; Marek Tobolewski; Mik Godley; Paul Webber; Pete Ellis; Rhiannon Jones; Sarah Tutt

The presentation at PS² is not an exhibition of finished work, rather a showcase of peer outcomes created through collective ideas, conversations and self-directed activities.

On 28 September a symposium will take place in Primary Studios, Nottingham, where the full group of artists will reconvene to discuss the project, its challenges and possible further development.

The Expanded Studio Project is a 6 month collaborative initiative between Belfast based artists and artists based at Primary Studios, Nottingham. The aim of the project is to develop external relationships, exchange ideas and explore different modes of collaboration.
The project is based on a pilot programme which ran between Primary Studios in Nottingham and Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge in 2014-15 where artists engaged in a period of dialogue and exchange over a four-month period.

The challenge this time was to initiate and sustain collaboration across further geographical distance between England and Northern Ireland. In addition the Belfast participants are based across several different artists’ studios. (These include QSS- Queen Street Studios-, FLAX Studios, Array Studios, Creative Exchange Artists’ Studios, Pollen Studios and Vault studios.

Through planned visits to each other’s cities and continued conversations and emails, artists began either ‘partnering up’ or discussing ways that they could come together in groups to find a way to work together through continued communication and find a means to respond to each other’s ideas.




Frottage of Esthers Ladder by Chris Lewis Jones, Artist based at Primary Nottingham.

Frottage of Esthers Ladder by Chris Lewis Jones, Artist based at Primary Nottingham.

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The first visit of the Belfast based artists to Nottingham will take place between 23- 26 April.