Flax Art Studios 25th Anniversary

Flax Art Studios 25th Anniversary



In 1989 a group of students graduating from the University of Ulster – MA Fine Art  established a studio group and secured premises on the top floor of a 19th century flax spinning mill on the Crumlin Road in Belfast. Flax Art was born.

Twenty-five years on Flax Art Studios, now located in the city centre, is celebrating by looking to the past and planning for the future. The year long programme of events will culminate in an exhibitionin the Golden Thread Gallery which will document the early years of Flax Art and the studios relationship with the city of Belfast, the network of international artists who have participated in the international residency programme, and the work of current studio holders.

Alongside the exhibition a 25th anniversary publication will be launched.

This exhibition will coincide with a ground breaking symposium on future models for sustainable and affordable studio provision in Belfast to be held on the 6 – 7 of November at the Black Box.  A programme of Flax Art Studios based artist led talks will also take place throughout the exhibition at the Golden Thread Gallery

Talks Programme

Tuesday 11th November – Alastair MacLennan
Tuesday 18th November – Ryan Moffett
Tuesday 25th November – Barbara Freeman
Thursday 27th November – Johanna Leech


Flax Art Studios Symposium:

Studio Provision in Belfast: Formation, Function and Future.
Venue: Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast
Date: Thursday 6 and Friday 7 November, 2014


Day 1: Thursday 6 November 2014

09.30am           Tea/coffee on arrival

09.40am           Welcome – Gail Prentice, Studio Manager, Flax Art Studios.

09.45am           Flax Art Studios: 25 years – the importance of the studio, Professor Philip Napier – Co- Founder Flax Art Studios and Head of Fine Art and Sculpture at NCAD

11.00am           Tea/coffee break

11.30am           Belfast studios: formation, function and future– presentations from studios

1.15pm             Lunch

2.00pm             The WASPS Story: keynote address by David Cook, CEO WASPS Studios

3.00pm            Q & A

3.15pm             Self -Sustaining Studios: Laura G Dovn, Director, Block T, Dublin

4.00pm             Q & A

4.15pm             Live performance: Helena Hamilton ( 20 minutes )

6.00pm             Flax Art Studios 25th Anniversary Exhibition with publication launch at the Golden Thread Gallery with buffet reception. All Welcome.

Day 2: Friday 7 November 2014

9.45am             Tea/coffee on arrival

10.00am           The State of Provision:

11.30am           Tea/coffee break

11.45am           Symposium Close: Round Up – David Cook

12.45pm           Thanks – Dr Una Walker (Chair – Flax Art Studios)

1.00pm             FIN


Supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council

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84- 94 Great Patrick Street,

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