Thursday 6th October
Studio Fair and Programme Launch
The Black Box
1pm – 4pm

Whether you’re an artist, a student or recent graduate, an art collector, or if you simply want to find out more about the visual arts in Belfast, this is a chance to drop in to meet studio groups, artists and galleries and find out more about the rest of the Belfast Open Studios 2016 Programme.

Participating Studios & Organisations:
Array Studios
Artists at the Mill
Belfast Photo Factory
Belfast Print Workshop
Creative Exchange Artist Studios
Digital Arts Studios
Flax Art Studios & Orchid Studios
Lombard Street Studios
Platform Arts
Pollen Studios
QSS Bedford Street
Boom! Collective
North Armagh Artists Collective
Go Girl
ArtisAnn Gallery
Belfast Exposed
Independent Artist Desk
Place NI

Thursday 13th October
Talk: Preparing for Studio Visits – Susan McWilliam
The Black Box
1pm – 3pm

This event is for artists that want support and advice on preparing for curator studio visits. Susan McWilliam will talk through her experience of working with curators, building long term relationships with them. Susan will be joined by Riann Coulter, curator at the F.E. McWiliams Gallery who will talk about how she approaches studio visits and invests in long term relationships with artists.
Book a place HERE 

Saturday 22nd October
Belfast Open Studios
Various City Centre Locations
11am – 5pm

Just how does an artist get from an idea to a finished exhibition? 
Belfast Open Studios is an invitation to the public to come and see how artists work, take a glimpse into the creative processes and meet over 150 artists working in the city.

Participating Studios:
Array Studios
Artists At The Mill
Belfast Photo Factory
Belfast Print Workshop
Cathedral Studios
Creative Exchange Artists Studios
Digital Arts Studios
Flax Art Studios/Orchid Studios
Lombard Studios
MFA Fine Art Studios

Pollen Studios
Platform Arts
QSS Bedford Street
Spectrum Artist Studio

Saturday 5th November
Speed Curating
Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery
£2 per appointment
Speed Curating is back…

This is a perennially popular strand of Belfast Open Studios and one that can potentially lead to all sorts of opportunities. The format offers just 15 minutes get to meet a Curator and introduce your practice. From past experience, we ask that you look at each Curator’s interests and remit carefully, making interesting and favourable comparisons. Taking the time to matchmake yields results.

The sessions are quick and snappy. We ask that you respect the next artist in the queue by leaving the table when indicated. Artists must send supporting material in advance when you book – this could be a link to your website, a personal statement etc. The clearer the support material that you bring the better. As always, we recommend that you treat this like a first date and prepare well.

The 10 invited Curators for 2016 will be announced soon, as well as details about how to go about securing your place at this event. Please check again soon for more information. 


Future events

International Curator Visits
We are currently awaiting funding decisions to proceed with a week long programme of international curators visiting Belfast and Northern Ireland to visit studios, attend Show & Tell presentations and give talks about their practice. Further details will be announced in November for visits that will hopefully take place before March 2017. This event will be designed to build lasting relationships between visiting curators and artists in Northern Ireland.


Other initiatives

Suki Tea Own Art
Funded by the Arts & Business NI Investment Programme as a pilot programme for businesses to encourage their staff to engage with artists in Northern Ireland and buy original artworks. Artists are invited to join this programme and make work available for Suki Tea staff members to buy.