Curator in Residence, PS²
I am delighted to be appointed the new Curator in Residence at PS². I will be updating this page with details of current and forthcoming projects, but for now, watch this space!
For one year I will use an officespace in PS² for independent curatorial research and input into their programming. The residency includes researching and organising at least one project for PS².
About the Curator in Residence programme
The programme started in 2011 as a three week long research project with 9 artists/curators. It was followed by 1 year residencies by the PRIME collective; artist/curator Ursula Burke, the Household collective (Sighle Bhréathnach-Cashell, Eoin Dara, Ciara Hickey, Alissa Kleist and Kim McAleese) and Mirjami Schuppert, who curated 3 major projects for PS² in 2017: Materialities of History- Ulrika Ferm [more information here]; Of objects and me – Iiu Susiraja [more information here]; and Anticipated fictions; monumental configurations – Dorothy Hunter [more information here].
Of the programme, Peter Mutschler says:
So far the experience and impact of the residencies for PS² has been great. The curators organised talks, held peer reviews, developed their own projects and programmes for other spaces, cooked, realised full blown projects for PS², constituted themselves as an organisation, applied for funding, stored bikes, left empty cups and stirred up the place and- even better- our minds.
Paragon Studios / project space –[pssquared], is a small artist collective, with studio space in the centre of Belfast. Alongside the studio space, PS² uses a former shop, project space, on the ground floor of the building as a platform for art projects and cultural activities which often include fringe sites in the city and further afield.The ground floor is wheelchair accessible.
The focus of PS² is on urban intervention and social interaction by artists and cultural practitioners, architects, multidisciplinary groups and theorists. Experiment and risk, social relevance and artistic quality are key elements of a diverse programme; from installations to projects with communities, classes, talks, curatorial residencies and research.
PS² is run on a voluntary, non-commercial base, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland as Principal Funder and other funding sources.
Projects are initiated and organised by: Peter Mutschler together with Ruth Morrow (no relation!) as curatorial adviser. Increasingly more, (artist)-curators are invited to realise projects.
Studio artists: Sharon Kelly, Paddy McCann, Aisling O’Beirn, Peter Mutschler, Michael Hogg, Bill Saunders and Vasiliki Stasinaki.