Expanded Studio Project: Belfast and Nottingham, curated by Jane Morrow

Expanded Studio Project: Belfast and Nottingham, curated by Jane Morrow.
May - July 2018.

This project invites dialogue and exchange between 15 Belfast-based visual artists, and 15 counterparts from Primary- Nottingham.
The project is designed to offer a catalyst for new collaborations, the production of new work, exposure to different skills and approaches, and an enhanced network of practitioners, organisations and audiences in another region of the UK.
As a result of an initial mailout seeking expressions of interest, artist representatives from the following studios confirmed their interest in participating: Array, Belfast Bankers, Creative Exchange, Flax, QSS, Platform, Pollen and PS².

What form will the project take?
The content of the programme will be generated by the participants to remain bespoke and responsive to their needs. Self-directed activity will be encouraged between collaborating pairs – in the form of presentations/ performances/ screenings, a website and artist-facing sharing mechanism. Public and more broadly peer-facing outcomes include a touring exhibition between both sites, and a symposium/ knowledge sharing event. Proposed considerations throughout:
-How do Belfast and Nottingham differ as places to work/ live as artists?
-How do our cities, as cities of culture, continue to support individual artists, studios and the sector?
How might divergent media/ approaches find commonalities?
- How do both Belfast and Midlands-based artists feel about working together and further afield after Brexit?
-Why artists travel - how do we navigate the 'luxury' of being able to travel freely? And why is it important to have a wide network and collaborate nationally and internationally?

A highly successful pilot programme for The Expanded Studio Programme ran in late 2014/ early 2015 with artists from Primary and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, entering into a three-month period of dialogue and exchange catalyst for new collaborations, producing new work over a four-month period of exchange. You can read more about this pilot project here. This project will be coordinated by PS² Curator in Residence Jane Morrow
More information will be updated and posted via the PS² social media channels soon.

This project is supported by a Belfast City Council.

Image: Forager Collective is Cooking, 2017.

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