As an artist-led, voluntary organisation, PS² fulfils two functions:


As a studio-resource and network provider, offering affordable, adequate and longer term working space for currently 8 professional artists. This includes a research office for our curator in residence scheme for emerging curators.

Studio Artists


As an organiser and initiator of an engaged and year-round arts programme in our project space or at outside locations and neighbourhoods. Our project space is seen as an extension of the studios and offers an open, temporary workspace and showroom for invited or selected project artists, enabling encounters for the general public to see, enjoy and participate in art.

This tandem approach underlines our core aim to connect art with society in an inclusive way and to a high artistic standard.

We try to achieve this through

  • support and advice for artists
  • provision of an open platform and network for debate and exchange on a local and translocal level
  • projects and cultural events with a focus on the urban and social environment, free and open accessible for the general public.
  • community based, participatory projects
  • workshops
  • long-term projects in neighbourhoods: PeasPark, North Belfast and Ballykinler, Co.Down

How our projects happen

Projects are initiated and organised by Peter Mutschler together with Ruth Morrow as curatorial adviser. Increasingly more often, external curators are invited to plan and organise projects.

We are always keen and open for proposals from artists and cultural producers as well as emerging curators. Please send project ideas with a short outline and few images or links to

creative director
Peter Muschler
PS² Freelands Artist Programme Curator
Alissa Kleist
Curatorial Adviser
Ruth Morrow
Invigilators, project communicators
Catherine Devlin, Linda Byrne
How Are We Funded and Organised

PS² is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and receives funding for specific projects by Belfast City Council.

Since 2018, we are one of four recipients of the Freelands Artist Programme, funded by the Freelands Foundation, alongside Site Gallery, Sheffield, England; g39 in Cardiff, Wales and Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. This new programme will provide funding totalling £1.5 million over a five-year period. Each institution will curate a series of two-year programmes with five artists annually, allowing those artists to receive much needed support across both creative and professional development.This will enable us to work and support 20 Northern Ireland based emerging artists.
Paragon Studios Ltd is a company limited by guarantee, company number NI029491 and is recognised as a charity by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC102460.

Board Members
Ray Cashell
Bronagh Lawson
Helen Lavery
Simon Bridge
Heather Louden
Dougal McKenzie
Aisling O'Beirn
Peter Mutschler
Bill Saunders
Strategic plan
Financial Reports