Funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council ensure our studios remain affordable in relation to artists’ means.

We provide 47 self-contained studios to rent in East Belfast, ranging in size from 147 sq. ft. to 744 sq. ft. We also award a bursary space to a Belfast School of Art graduate each year (12 months free studio provision).

A passion for creating spaces

In addition to providing workspace, we support our studio artist’s career development through:

In-house Exhibitions

We highlight the work of our studio members through solo and group exhibitions.

Targeted Opportunities

We facilitate regular curator visits, offer mentoring to early career artists and provide bursaries/next stage awards through funded programmes.

Income Generation

We help supplement our member’s income through artwork sales and payment of artist fees (talks, workshops, exhibition installations).

Artwork Documentation

Professional photography is provided for each exhibition.


We encourage our members to socialise and network via peer-critiques, open-studio days and informal get-togethers.


Member activities are shared across our website and social media channels.

Meet Our Board

James Fair


Majella Clancy

Joy Gerrard

Heather Moorhead

Fiona Rogan

reuben brown

Reuben Brown

Aisling Byrne

Meet Our Staff

Irene Fitzgerald

Board Secretary

Cathy Scullion

Membership & Development Officer

Isabella Koban

Freelance Digital Media Officer


There are good transport links (bus/glider/cycling path) in the vicinity and plenty of shops and cafes.

In addition to the provision of studios, QSS runs two wheelchair accessible galleries, Gallery 01 & Gallery 02, showcasing work by studio members and artists selected through open submission.

Our galleries are located on the second floor of The Arches Centre, accessible via stairs as well as a lift. For entry to the space, please buzz the intercom marked QSS to be let in. On the second floor is an accessible bathroom, located directly next to the lift.

All exhibitions include a printed description of the exhibition typed in size 14 font, which is available at the entry point to each gallery space.

Available studio spaces and gallery opportunities are advertised through our website and social media accounts.

If you have any further queries regarding access, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].