We are excited to announce the artists for the fourth and final cohort of artists of the PS² Freelands Artist Programme. This five year long initiative, funded by the Freelands Foundation, supports creative and professional development for (re)emerging artists based in Northern Ireland, and fosters long term relationships and collaborations between artists and the regional arts ecology.
The selected artists who will participate in the programme over the next two years, starting January 2022, are:
A panel including Kate Strain, curator, Ciara Hickey, PS² Freelands Artist Programme Curator and Peter Mutschler, Creative Director of PS², selected the five artists from a recent open call for applications. Their diverse practices represent the exciting and ambitious approaches to art production in Northern Ireland championed by PS².
During their time on the programme, the five artists will research and develop significant new work. In addition to an annual bursary, each artist will receive ongoing tailored curatorial support; travel budget; research and external mentorship; attendance at two annual symposia; an opportunity to exhibit at PS² and the Freelands Foundation in London; wide network opportunirties with the partner organsiations and artists and the use of PS²’s equipment and workshop space.
The five artists will join Myrid Carten, Phillip McCrilly, Helouise O’Reilly, Robin Price and Jonathan Ross from the 3rd cohort. Jane Butler, Mitch Conlon, Jasmin Märker, Thomas Wells and BROWN&BRÍ will end their time on the programme this December. The artists from the first cohort Janie Doherty, Michael Hanna, Julie Lovett, Jan McCullough and Emily McFarland ended their stay in the programme in 2020.
About the Freelands Artist Programme
The Freelands Artist Programme supports and enhances collaboration between 80 emerging artists and four arts organisations from across the UK in order to build and strengthen professional arts practice outside of London. As with all the Freelands Foundation’s initiatives to date, the programme was established following extensive research into the current landscape of post-university support for emerging artists in the UK.
The Freelands Foundation provides funding totalling £1.5 million to four UK organisations over a five-year period. Alongside PS² in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the other partner organisations taking part include Site Gallery in Sheffield, England; g39 in Cardiff, Wales, and Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland. Each institution curates a series of two-year programmes with five artists annually, allowing those artists to receive much needed support across both creative and professional development.