Category: News

  • Happy Holidays from QSS

    Happy Holidays from QSS

    QSS would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you for all your support in 2022. 2022 has been a year of growth for QSS with the introduction of a second gallery space and 12 more artist studio spaces, taking us to a…

  • Jennifer Trouton – ‘In Plain Sight 1’ selected for acquisition by Arts Council Ireland Collection

    Jennifer Trouton – ‘In Plain Sight 1’ selected for acquisition by Arts Council Ireland Collection

    Congratulations to QSS artist Jennifer Trouton on the acquisition of her work ‘In Plain Sight 1’ to the Arts Council of Ireland Collection. Since 1962, the Arts Council of Ireland has been buying art from working artists. The Collection that evolved tells the story of modern and contemporary Irish visual art in a unique and…

  • Anushiya Sundaralingam recieves Artist Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) from ACNI

    Anushiya Sundaralingam recieves Artist Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) from ACNI

    QSS artist Anushiya Sundaralingam is one of 12 artists to receive the Artist Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) from Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Twelve artists from Northern Ireland have been announced at the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Artist Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES). Worth up to £7000 each, the National Lottery…

  • Congratulations to QSS artist Joy Gerrard on her Golden Foundation Artist in Residence Success.

    Congratulations to QSS artist Joy Gerrard on her Golden Foundation Artist in Residence Success.

    QSS artist Joy Gerrard  has been selected to The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation 2023 Residency Programme. This one-of a-kind artist residency for artists working in paint has been running since 2012 and is based in central New York just several hundred yards from the Golden Artist Colors manufacturing facility. Over 600 artists from around…

  • Jennifer Trouton Honoured with Major Award From Arts Council Northern Ireland.

    Jennifer Trouton Honoured with Major Award From Arts Council Northern Ireland.

    QSS artist Jennifer Trouton is one of 5 acclaimed artists to have been awarded the Major Award from Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  This prestigious award is given in recognition of the contribution each of the artists has made to creative life in Northern Ireland, and makes it possible for them to undertake a substantial,…

  • Jennifer Trouton wins Drawing Prize at 141st Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition

    Jennifer Trouton wins Drawing Prize at 141st Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition

    QSS artist Jennifer Trouton was awarded the Drawing Prize at this years Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition.  She was awarded the prize for her drawings of her great and great great grandmothers house in Co. Armagh. The Drawing Prize is sponsored by Bradbury Art, Belfast. Congratulations Jennifer, very well deserved.

  • Craig Donald wins Portrait Prize at 141st Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition

    Craig Donald wins Portrait Prize at 141st Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition

    QSS artist Craig Donald  was awarded the Portrait Prize at this years Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition.  His winning painting was ‘Marinus van Der Lubbe’, oil on canvas, 2020. The Portrait Prize is sponsored by Ross’s Auctions, Belfast Congratulations Craig, very well deserved.

  • ReView Curated by QSS Artist Meadhbh McIlgorm for Glass Society of Ireland

    ReView Curated by QSS Artist Meadhbh McIlgorm for Glass Society of Ireland

    ReView was a unique, environmentally conscious exhibition and gathering which took place in Hunting Brook Gardens, Blessington on September 10th and 11th 2022. It was a Glass Society of Ireland (GSoI) project, curated by QSS artist and curator Meadhbh McIlgorm, featuring the work of 14 female artists. The exhibition used minimal resources and the inspirational…

  • Studios Available – September 2022

    Studios Available – September 2022

    Studio Expansion – Variety of Studio Spaces Available.   QSS are excited to announce that due to an expansion we are in the privileged position to invite applications for a further 11 studio spaces in our Bloomfield Avenue location. Our studios are located on the second floor of The Arches Centre, 11-13 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast,…

  • Majella Clancy presents paper at the International Congress of Contemporary European Painting.

    Majella Clancy presents paper at the International Congress of Contemporary European Painting.

    QSS member Dr. Majella Clancy has been invited to present a paper at the International Congress of Contemporary European Painting, University of Porto, Portugal on Tuesday 21st June. Clancy’s paper, ‘The Act, The Idea and The Thing: Painting as Research’ considers painting research through the lens of painting as action, agency, and object. It considers the work of…

  • Jennifer Trouton Portrait Unveiling at Queens University Belfast

    Jennifer Trouton Portrait Unveiling at Queens University Belfast

    On Thursday 23rd June a portrait of Professor Carol McGuinness by QSS artist Jennifer Trouton will be unveiled at Queens University, Belfast. This is a collaborative event between the School of Psychology and Queens Gender Initiative.  Queens Gender Initiative , established in 1999, is a female-focussed entity that works to enhance the participation and visibility…

  • Jane Rainey-Meta Open Arts Commission

    Jane Rainey-Meta Open Arts Commission

    QSS artist Jane Rainey recently completed a commissioned artwork in Meta Open Art’s headquarters in Dublin. Meta Open Arts are an organisation who empower artists and build community through creativity by collaborating with organisations, artists and designers to offer new ways of thinking. Jane created a panoramic mural that immerses the viewer in a painted…

  • Bill Penney

    Bill Penney

    QSS wishes to express much sadness at the recent passing of artist, educator and friend Bill Penney. Bill was a well known and loved figure within the art world in Belfast and beyond.  He taught in the print department at the Belfast School of Art,Ulster University for many years and was a respected artist/printmaker within…

  • Sharon Kelly Creative Residency Sport & Art, Dublin.

    Sharon Kelly Creative Residency Sport & Art, Dublin.

    Creative residency Sport & Art, Dublin  Since January QSS artist Sharon Kelly has been involved in an exciting new project: Creative Residency in Sport & Art in Dublin, which will continue through til June. Working with Women Boxers and their coaches in Corinthians Boxing Club, North Dublin. The last few months Sharon has been travelling…

  • Gerard Carson showing in online exhibition ‘Exquisite World’

    Gerard Carson showing in online exhibition ‘Exquisite World’

    QSS artist Gerard Carson work is showing in an online exhibition called “Exquisite World” hosted by Schemata and Corsica Studios, London.  Schemata present their latest virtual group exhibition, “Exquisite World”. Showcasing artists and curators working with sound and technology whose work comes together to speculate on the potential of virtual space to imagine future worlds. The…

  • The Clare French Film

    The Clare French Film

    QSS artist Clare French is the subject of a new documentary by Peter Bromley from 1968 Film Group. 1968 Film Group are an independent collective who’s films are focused on various figures from counter culture.  ‘The Clare French Film’ highlights French’s unique working art practice beginning in her Thamesmead based studio and ending in her…

  • QSS Artist Sharon Kelly Awarded The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

    QSS Artist Sharon Kelly Awarded The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

    QSS artist Sharon Kelly has recently been awarded The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant which will support the creation of new work / projects. Kelly’s practice explores ideas around resilience, focusing on the mind-body synergy and incorporates drawing, video, installation and sculpture. Kelly is currently working with female boxers from Corinthians Boxing Club, north Dublin, as part…

  • Belfast-Based Array Collective Named Turner Prize 2021 Winners

    Belfast-Based Array Collective Named Turner Prize 2021 Winners

    QSS artist Grace McMurray is among the members of Array Collective who were crowned the winners of the 2021 Turner Prize at last nights ceremony. Judges praised the group for addressing social and political issues in Northern Ireland, and for translating their activism into artwork. Their work includes a mock Irish pub adorned in banners…

  • QSS Artist David Haughey receives Arts Council NI Individual Artists Digital Evolution Award.

    QSS Artist David Haughey receives Arts Council NI Individual Artists Digital Evolution Award.

    On 23rd November the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, in collaboration with Future Screens NI, announced funding of £85,688 to support nine individual artists from Northern Ireland in the creation of a number of exciting, high-quality arts projects using innovative digital technologies. The Individual Artists Digital Evolution Awards aims to support those artists who are…

  • QSS Artist Amanda Coogan Elected as a Member of Aosdána

    QSS Artist Amanda Coogan Elected as a Member of Aosdána

    We are delighted to share the news that QSS artist Amanda Coogan has been elected as one of the five new members of Aosdána. Aosdána was founded in 1981 to honour artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland, it also assists it’s members in devoting their energies fully to…

  • QSS Christmas Show and Sale

    QSS Christmas Show and Sale

    On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December 2021 we will be launching our annual Members Christmas Exhibition and Sale. The show continues until 16th December, open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am – 5pm. Following the success of last year’s show we are sticking with the #artistsupportpledge brief and all artworks will be priced at £200…