3rd & 4th Floor Queen Street Studios Belfast
Queen Street Studios 1984 - 2013
Queen Street Studios was initiated to facilitate a growing need for artist studio space in the greater Belfast area and is now the largest studio-providing artists organisation in Northern Ireland. Originally existing as the Artists Collective of Northern Ireland, a voluntary committee located QSS current premises - part of the fourth floor of a five storey former industrial red brick building in central Belfast. In 1984, the Artists Collective of Northern Ireland became an official charity under 'Queen Street Studios Ltd'.
The organisation has now more than tripled in size with respect to both its premises and membership during the 29 years of its existence - now occupying the entire top floor of the building and part of the third floor. QSS currently provides 22 studio spaces for painters, sculptors, live art, installation and mixed media artists who are at various stages of their career development.
In addition to providing subsidised space and a supportive environment for its members, artists are actively supported and have achieved national and international acclaim while retaining positive professional and social contact with the organisation. QSS has strong overseas links and is actively involved in international exchange schemes.
In 2000 Queen Street Studios opened a dedicated Gallery that has now developed into a vibrant contemporary exhibition space. The gallery programmes six to eight exhibitions annually and exhibits work from artists locally, nationally and internationally.
Queen Street Digital Studio's was launched in June 2002 as part of Queen Street Artist Studios and became its own organisation in 2008. Over the recent years the facility has expanded to included dedicated workstations for resident artists, an International Residency programme and a new media workshop facility. The studios are fully furnished with the latest Apple Mac computers programmed with an array of new media software such as Final Cut Pro Studio, DVD Studio Pro, and PhotoShop and Peak. Each workstation has unlimited Internet access with availability to technical support. For further information contact www.digitalartsstudios.com
Queen Street Studios is committed to the integration of various disciplines within Fine Art practice and in developing the potential of new media art forms. QSS strives to enhance the reputation of its artists' both at home and abroad with the provision of regular opportunities, exhibition's, information sharing and training. While most members of QSS are from Ireland, North and South, there is a growing international contingent (members from Great Britain, Australia, North America, mainland Europe, and South Africa). All members of QSS are required to be a Fine Art graduate as well as retaining an active exhibition history.