Paragon Studios opens new work and exhibition space on Rosemary Street
Experimental arts group, Paragon Studios is celebrating its move to brand new premises on Rosemary Street, Belfast, with the opening of an exhibition by photographer and filmmaker Jacqueline Holt.
The new location, in Property House, contains ten artists’ studios and the PS² gallery space.
Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Jacqueline Holt’s Exhibition marks the beginning of a new phase for the studio group, which has been supporting artists’ development since 1994. With a year round programme of work, the project space is an extension of the studios, acting as a temporary workspace and showroom for invited or selected project artists, enabling encounters for the general public to see, enjoy and participate in art.
Director Peter Mutschler explained,
“Unfortunately rising rents have meant we have had to move premises several times in the last few years but we are happy still to be close to the Cathedral Quarter, with studios and project space. We feel our precarious situation is reflected in our arts programme, which we hope speaks and resonates with the wider public. The next project by Jasmin Märker, for example, will focus on non-human territories and ecological communities through open workshops as part of the NI Science Festival.”
Jacqueline Holt is a Belfast-based artist, who through the Arts Council’s Artist Career Enhancement Scheme, has been working with the prestigious international arts agency LUX to develop new work. Her exhibition at PS², entitled This Moment Being, will showcase some of her film, photography, print and sculptural work and document aspects of her day-to-day life as a cultural worker.
Patricia Lavery, Arts Development Officer at the Arts Council commented:
“It is fantastic to see Jacqueline’s work on display as the very first exhibition within this wonderful new space. Having worked closely with Lux for the past three years, this exhibition is the culmination of an exciting creative partnership. With support from the ACES scheme, Jaqueline has been able to spend time developing her practice, with expert guidance and support from some of the brightest names working in moving image today.
“We very much hope that this city centre location will bring even more people into this dynamic artistic hub to experience first-hand some of the exciting visual art being produced right here in Belfast at Paragon Studios.”
Jacqueline is based at Flax Art Studios at Havelock House on the Ormeau Road. To find out more about her work visit: www.flaxartsstudios.org
Her exhibition This Moment of Being, is on at PS² until 15th February. For more details about PS² gallery, opening hours and future exhibitions, visit www.pssquared.org