Showing posts with label PS2. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

EXHIBITION of Work by Master of Architecture students, QUB

PS², 11 North Street, Belfast, BT1 1NA

viewing on Wednesday 21st December 6-8pm


Farming produces waste like other industries. Not just shapeless carrots or pumpkins passed Halloween, but by-products such as used animal bags or farmers twine. This difficult-to-recycle waste material is now the material and subject of practical, spatial design proposals by architecture students from Queen's University, Belfast

Three groups of Masters of Architecture students at Queen’s University show the outcomes of their material investigation. They present an alternative approach to architecture- finding the spatial story of a material through intimate scrutiny, trial and application. The hope is that it leads to a tighter fit between technology, construction processes and spatial experiences, resulting in less waste, and more sustainable, innovative outcomes. 
This work arises from the Architecture Masters Studio: Without Precedent, led by Professor Ruth Morrow and Architect, Robert Jamison in the School of the Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast. 
Opening hours week commencing 19th DecemberTues and Wed, 1-5pm

Monday, 27 April 2015

Exhibition: 5 arterial routes & 1000 commercial signs / 30 April - 9 May 2015

'5 arterial routes & 1000 commercial signs' is an exhibition by Ruth Brolly and Forum Alternative Belfast. The exhibition runs during the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival from 30 April - 9 May 2015 in PS2 Gallery, Donegall Street.

Credit: Ruth Brolly

On Belfast’s culturally rich arterial routes, pivoting around an increasingly postmodern city centre, the image of place is created through a combination of buildings, signage, green and vacant spaces. Commercial signs can be the most obvious indicator of socio-economic conditions of people living in neighbourhoods in and around these arterial routes. The level and impact of economic decline, as a result of these routes sometimes being cut off from the central business district, through the creation of major carriageways and other physical barriers in the geography of the city, may be observed in the appearance of commercial signs.

These signs surround us in our city streets, everywhere we look we can see their words, materials and colour on buildings, telling us where we can purchase goods or services. We are so used to seeing them we rarely give them much thought, yet what would our streets be like without them? On red brick Victorian terraces in Belfast, once homes and not businesses, the words on signs tell us what is sold, they speak when doorways and windows are mute. Signs interpret the built environment for us much in the same way as captions on pictures tell us what is happening within the photographic image. Wherever we go in the world signs on shops give us information about the sort of place we are in. Even when we cannot read the language on signs the letterforms, colour and materials can give us visual clues on our whereabouts. The condition of signs can even be an indicator of whether a place is safe or not.

Credit: Ruth Brolly

Only fairly recently have researchers worldwide become interested in the value of local commercial signs as cultural artefacts unique to place. With weathered, broken or faded signs being increasingly replaced, often in the interests of urban renewal and to bolster ailing economies, its worth considering how replacing ‘old’ with ‘new’ signs might affect local character, as colours letterforms and materials used on the signs may change. This exhibition examines buildings and commercial signs on five arterial routes of Belfast, the Antrim, Falls, Lisburn, Newtownards and Ormeau Roads, to show how commercial signs help to create the image of each of these places. A photographic archive captures the buildings and signs as a snapshot in time in a city that is constantly changing.

Exhibition opens with refreshments on Thursday 30 April, 6 - 8pm in PS2, Donegall Street, Belfast. The exhibition will be open to view until 9 May (Wed-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 12-3pm).

Friday, 18 June 2010

The City is our Factory: Politics of desire and the production of urban spaces

Talk at the Black Box next Wednesday 23rd June:
Christoph Schaefer / Park Fiction, Hamburg, Germany.

Wednesday 23rd June 2010, 6pm: Black Box Café, Belfast.

After the industrial age, the city has become the central point of production. In the new urban fabric, subcultures, cultural workers, musicians and artists play a significant role as producers of collective spaces, of places shaped by desires, as inventors of new perspectives and lifestyles. Christoph Schaefer will introduce his practice as one of the leading figures of ‘Park Fiction’, a collective, self-organised project of residents, activists and artists. Together they managed to claim and convert a prime investment site at the prestigious river bank of Hamburg into a public park.

In the current debate of Belfast’s regeneration and top down planning decisions, Christoph Schaefer asks, how more social alternatives could work? What role can cultural workers play in this scenario? In a society, where passion and work, privacy and professionalism are increasingly hard to tell apart - the struggle for urban spaces is the struggle for the means of production: the city is our factory.

Entrance: £3.00 at door

PS² / Forum for Alternative Belfast

Friday, 19 February 2010

‘Unprivileged Highs and Lows’ @ PS2

Opening: Monday, 22.February 2010, 6-8pm (with background sound radiation by Christian Cherene)

Refurbishment- what is going on in PS²: the floorboards ripped up, exposed rafters, sawdust, the usual mess if you have builders in.
At a closer look, the destruction happens quite orderly: the floor panels are carefully placed against the white walls, the floor layers are exposed in sections. The work of a specialist firm of building conservationist or archeologists?
Joanna Karolini, who works in film and installation, is the fourth artist in the series ‘sounding out space’, a multidisciplinary exploration of the 23sqm PS² space.
In ‘Unprivileged Highs and Lows’, she investigates with a historic and artistic curiosity, what’s underneath the floor of the art space.
She peels off the layers and uncovers materials placed upon each other, serving different functions and tastes of a building dating back to 1870.
‘I am particularly interested in the floor. It carries the heaviest but silent evidence of weight. Unseen and un-noticed, traces are left by artists, artworks and audiences using the gallery. It’s my canvas... I will re-negotiate the gallery’s own architecture and function, focusing mainly on the architecture of traces left by the cultural activities, on/in/under the floor.’ (J.Karolini)

These traces do not only excite your own imagination of people and the use of the space in the past, this site specific project exposes a material beauty which refers back to the current use of the space for art.
This is the 4th in the series of ‘sounding out space', a series of explorative projects around aspects of space (architectural, emotional, historical, practical…). The 23m² of project space with its public exposure to the street is the object of investigation with a wide range of multidisciplinary approaches; artists, musician, choreographer, a cat, interior designer, spiritualistic medium, refurbishment people, tenants... All projects are recorded and documented by Fiona Larkin.
Projects in the 'sounding out space' series:
(1) Matt Green: 'Present place', 2008
(2) Kathy Graham: 'Portraits', 2009
(3)Tobias Sternberg: 'Yourself from the outside', 2009

Opening times: Wed- Sat: 1 - 5pm
Late Night Art: 04 March, 6 - 9pm
Special site-entrance accompanied by the artist: Monday 8th and 15th March, 5.30 - 6.30pm
‘Unprivileged Highs and Lows’ continuous till 20 March 2010

More info: PS2 website

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Age Awareness Week at PSSquared

Image via

30th Sept - 3rd Oct: Another chance to see Joan Alexander's powerful Home Front portraits at PS Squared this week, together with Lyndsey McDougall's embroidered portraits. Way Home exhibition for Age Awareness week

Friday, 24 July 2009


Image from PS2

Installation and documentation of a creative community initiative in Ballykinler, Co. Down
Opening: Friday, 24 July 2009, 6-8pm

With its seaside location and the Mourne Mountains as a backdrop, the small village of Ballykinler in Co. Down seems idyllic. Unless you take a wrong turn and end up at the gated compounds of a long established British Army site? A complex situation, not just for the two different spellings of its name on road signs.

How do you live there as a young person? How do you make changes or at least influence the social infrastructure? And where does art fit into all of this? Anne-Marie Dillon, artist and co-founder of the Ballykinler Creative Forum and the initiator of many activities in her home village, brought together a group of young people to work on small projects, to have fun and to kickstart a process of creative engagement with the social and built environment.

Bus stop was originally built outside a disused school in the centre of the village. The Creative Forum has argued for years that this should be used as a community arts centre- a recent request was again refused. The installation highlighted the fact that there isn’t a sheltered bus stop and the direct action revealed the lack of social provision, the divisions in the village and the opposition to a proper bus stop from parts of the community in fear of anticipated vandalism.

For PS², the bus stop is re-assembled together with a personal documentation of the history of the Creative Forum; its past projects, the community structures, stakeholders and fractions, struggles, achievements and set backs. A history of an initiative which set out to provide social and creative activities for the small village in the past ten years; from ad hoc child care to youth disco’s, from shopping tours for elderly people to water sports for the youth. What distinguishes these social activities from other initiatives, is the strong artistic element which makes these events into happenings or performances.

This project is seen in connection with an ongoing programme by PS² of art initiatives in a rural context. How difficult it is to introduce art and creativity into a smaller town or village in Northern Ireland, is exemplified with this initiative by the Creative Forum in Ballykinler. It shows the wide gap between urban and rural conditions in terms of cultural provision, desires and political preconceptions.

Exhibition continuous till 9 August 2009
Opening hours: Wed-Sat 1-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm, Late Night Art 1-9pm