Webinar | Visual Artists Café: Introducing… Belfast

Visual Artists Café: Introducing… Belfast was the first of a series of online events to highlight some of the support infrastructure for artists based in Belfast.

During this first event we hear from three people who will give short introductions and updates from their organisations and also speak on adaptions to Covid & updates on future plans.

This Visual Artists Café aims to facilitate Belfast and NI-based artists who wish to wish to find out more about local support infrastructure, and interested artists from across Ireland who are broadening their understanding of the visual arts sector as a whole.

Speakers include:

Recorded on 16 March 2021.


Please note: The information presented in the webinar was correct at the time of recording. However, the relevance of the content may change over time as guidance, and other amendments are applied to practice in this area. Contemporaneous guidelines or advice should always be sought by any individual.

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Webinar | Visual Artists Café: Introducing… Belfast

Peter Mutschler 

I am an artist, curator and director of PS². My interest is in art and cultural production which is socially relevant, experimental, fresh and unusual. I try to link society and art through work and processes which connect with people’s lives and the glimmer of stars. This leads me increasingly more to search for ways to engage with neighbourhoods and urban or rural contexts and to re-invent traditional forms of cultural activities and display.




Laura O’Connor 

Dr Laura O’Connor is an artist, lecturer and co-founder of WANDA:Feminism and Moving Image. Laura’s practice focuses on the representation on women in media and through cultural narratives. She received a PhD with practice from Ulster University in 2018 and has been granted many awards including Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP, Science Gallery Dublin’s Rapid Residency and New Artwork Fund from Cavan Arts Office. As well as having an active individual practice Laura’s work spans a number of different fields within the creative arts sector including collaboration (Array Collective), event curation (WANDA) and filmmaking (Wish You Were Here).

Peter Richards 

Peter Richards is an artist and curator, born Cardiff in 1970, based in Belfast since 1994.

He spent two years between 1996-1998, as a director of artist-run Catalyst Arts working alongside the likes of Phil Collins, Mark Orange, Niamh O’Malley, Susan Phillipsz, and Dan Shipsides. Whilst at Catalyst Arts he began to share time between his studio practice, and creating contexts and opportunities to explore the works of others, a way of working that he continues to this day.

He became Gallery Director at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, in 2001, and has devised its artistic program since, realising solo and group exhibitions in the gallery and at venues across China, USA and Europe.

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