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 11 professional artists. This includes a research office for our curator in residence scheme for emerging curators.


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 support artists in their development and 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 the artists, who always have the final say. From the beginning Ruth Morrow has acted as curatorial adviser and support. In recent years external curators have been invited to curate and organise projects and to refresh and deepen our programme.

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

Update on Covid-19

There are still Covid regulations in place how you can visit our project space.

  • No need to pre-book, but visitor numbers are still limited
  • disinfect your hands at entry
  • wear a mask/ face covering
  • we keep track&trace records (name, phone number, time)
  • keep 1m apart from each other/social distance
care taker [creative director]
Peter Mutschler
PS² Freelands Artist Programme Curator 2021-2023
Ciara Hickey
Curatorial Adviser
Ruth Morrow
Project communicators/ invigilators
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 of all ages and backgrounds.
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
Bronagh Lawson
Dougal McKenzie
Ray Cashell
Simon Bridge
Aisling O'Beirn
Peter Mutschler
Bill Saunders