Part 1: 27 September- 13 November 2021
Part 2: 28 May - 25 June 2022
Check website for opening days, which varies depending on artists
Work in progress performances:

Thursday 30 Sept: 5/6/7pm


short residencies 2021.2022

4-5 day long residencies

Dorota Borowa, Ella de Burca, Greig Burgoyne, Nathan Crothers, Stephanie Gaumond, Fiona Gordon, Larry MacAree, Meadhbh McIlgorm, Niamh Seana Meehan, Stacey Mulligan, Kate McSharry, Jill Quigley, Karolin Reichardt/Ben Craig/Finnegan/Yorek, Cathy Scullion, Vasiliki Stasinaki/ Ronan Smyth

Ends 25 June 2022

Following an open call for proposals, the selected artists and creative practitioners are invited to our project space for 4-5 day long residencies. Used as a workspace, showroom, exhibition-performance-research or dream-space, the set-up will change in a fast turnaround, showcasing many creative positions. Each residency will be open to the public- at least at some stage- if the resident artist wish so.
With the lockdown having such a big impact on artists, the production of new work and the public interaction with contemporary art, the short residency programme hopes to help speed up the art ecology again. All short residencies will be documented on our website, together with artist statements and links. We will offer curatorial support and critique, match and invite interested specialists and help in networking.

Timetable residencies


Part 1: 27 September- 19 November 2021

  1. Nathan Crothers 27- 30 September
  2. Kate McSharry 01-05 October
  3. Jill Quingly 07-11 October
  4. Dorota Borowa 12-16 October
  5. Ella de Burca 18-22 October (postponed)
  6. Karolin Reichert, 25-29 October
    Ben Craig, Finnegan, Yorek
  7. Cathy Scullion 03-06 November
  8. Vasiliki Stasinaki, 08-12 November
    Ronan Smyth
  9. Niamh Seana Meehan 13-19 November

    Part 2: 28 May - 30 June 2022

  10. Stephanie Gaumond 28 May-02 June 2022
  11. Stacey Mulligan 03-07 June
  12. Meadhbh McIlgorm 08-13 June
  13. Fiona Gordon 14-18 June
  14. Greig Burgoyne  20-25 June
  15. Larry MacAree 27-30 June


About the artists


Dorota Borowa is a Polish visual artist based in Dublin. She received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. Borowa exhibits both nationally and internationally, and has been awarded a number of Artist in Residence programs. Her works have been supported by the South Dublin County Council as well as by the Polish Ministry of Culture. In 2020, she was selected to run “Ice Painting” workshops at the Bengaluru Science Gallery in India. Recently, Dorota has been awarded the Arctic Circle Residency. Her paintings are included in the collection of the National Museum in Gdańsk, Poland.

Dorota Borowa-Ice Print (Black series) 3

Dorota Borowa works primarily with painting, drawing, printmaking and video. Borowa renounced her own mark from the painting process to step outside her own subjectivity. Instead of painting nature, she wants to create with nature. Different states of water collected in various places have created a vocabulary in Borowa's work - be it rain, ice or seawater. The unpredictability and limited control of Dorota's painting process make her works become a place between accident and design, between acceptance and destruction.


Ella de Burca

Ella de Búrca (Ireland) works through performance, sculpture and poetry to focus on how humans construct meaning, particularly from a female perspective. She is especially interested in how we perform as 'viewer,' and the discourse surrounding active versus passive experiences. Her work is usually site-specific and temporary. She is currently pursuing a practice-based PhD at KU Leuven/LUCA Belgium. 

Ella DeBurca- video still

Selected exhibitions and performances include: ‘Pirouette,’ The Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2019 (solo performance), 'Flat As The Tongue Lies,' The Room Gallery at University of California, Irvine, California, 2018 (solo show) and 'Post-Peace' at the Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany 2017.
@elladeburca



Greig Burgoyne was born in Glasgow, studied at the Universität Angewandte Kunst Vienna, and MA Painting, Royal College of Art London. Taking anomalies of the space, he seeks to test, measure or expand alternative body/site relations with regard to drawing, its space and its conceptual frameworks. This is to generate non-hierarchical multiple entry and exit points of potential, expanding notions of drawing as between thing and event.
The results are immersive, be they absurd or beguiling, taking the form of films, performances, installations, text or sound works.
Burgoyne proposes new dialogues and frameworks that seek to generate a condition of becoming, translation and flux instead of stasis; a site of experience rather than solely location.

Spaceman- (still from live performance), 2020, Kunsthallen Bochum

Recent projects in 2019-21 include:Delay#1 Spazio Mensa Rome (Feb21);The Volatile Gaze ]GAZE[ Artspace Shrewsbury UK (June/July21); Raid Galleria Bruno Lissi Rome (June21); Negotiations Paper Gallery Manchester (Nov/Dec21); Casting the castle Civitella Ranieri Foundation Perugia Italy (subject to rescheduling 2022) ; The Lowry Manchester (subject to rescheduling 2023); Spaceman Kunsthallen Bochum, Germany; Expect the unexpected The Lowry Manchester (with Sarah Sze, Yoko Ono & Gillian Wearing (June-Sept 2019); The sunny and the opaque Drawing projects UK (Nov 2019), Lost in space Other Art Network Kent (Sept 2019); Reality Hickster Projects Italy August 20219 ; Negotiations Arts Council England digital commission (March-June 2020); Papier Skulptur Verein Für Aktuelle Kunst Rührgebiet Oberhausen (VAKR) with Monika Gryzmala & Ignacio Uriarte) (Aug-Oct 2020) ; OK-NO Le Confection Idéal France (May2019); Edinburgh Arts festival (June-July2019). His work features in “Performance Drawing-New drawing practices’ published by Bloomsbury Books in autumn 2020.


Nathan Crothers is an artist.

Nathan Crothers- standing-up

Artist statement
'A set up. A punch line. A stranger.
Crass aesthetics. A coffee cup. Another coffee cup.
Strong Language and adult humour.
Activities, which may exceed the boundaries of common sense.
Repetitious, repetitive, and repeating.
Meaninglessness-ness, A flat circle. Have fun.
Some text, not much reading, spelling things wrong.
Verfrumdungseffekt.
but I digress. The Absurd,
Sardonic wit. Ha. I was only joking.
Ideas of authorship and copyright.
The constructed-ness of reality, creative geography. popular culture.
Conceptual or non-existent, expressions of the capitalist system and its media culture
turned against itself, Merchandise. Value. Farce. Long pause… PowerPoint is boring.

These are all important elements of my art practice and feature prominently in my artist statement.'
Text:Nathan Crothers



Stephanie Gaumond is a printmaker based in Derry, Ireland. Raised in Denver, Colorado she received her BA Fine Art from the University of Denver in 2010 and her MA in Printmaking from the Glasgow School of Art in 2012.
Selected exhibitions include: Abridged 0 - 73, Online (2021); Art Arcadia at St. Augustine’s, Derry (2018); Glebe Gallery, Donegal, Ireland (2018); SGC International Printmaking Conference, Las Vegas, NV (2018); Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, Denver, Colorado (2013); The Glue Factory, Glasgow, Scotland (2013); Mediakesukus Lume, Helsinki, Finland (2012).

Stephanie Gaumond. Image Art Arcadia /Paola Bernardelli

Artist statement
'My practice investigates coded communication and pattern making through multiple printmaking mediums. I am drawn to visual methods of information sharing, how they have come to exist, and how we use them to connect'
@stephaniegaumond


Fiona Gordon
'Who is she? What is she doing?

Fiona Gordon- EXCESSIVELY CHAOTIC UTOPIAN ESCAPE 1

Outlining my own version of female experience through video and digital processes flips the restricted, minimized idea of femininity on its head and embraces the surreal and the bizarre. My work explores excess with reference to fashion iconography and the overwhelming amount of images of the female body and surrounding ideologies we absorb daily. The screen places performativity at the heart of self-presentation, played out in my practice by the ‘stay-at-home hun’ persona. She approaches femaleness in a chaotic, absurd and bizarre way to explore the chasm between women’s interior voice and expectations of exterior perfection.

Playing into the chaos of internet culture, I created an immersive virtual viewing experience for my graduate showcase revealing the unfinished, unseen elements of my digital processes to expose the hectic reality of our screen time consumption. Mirroring this with a lo-fi, trash aesthetic unmasks the plastic reality of the imagery we obsess over. Our thirst for churned out content raises the question: if quantity surpasses quality in our era of perpetual scrolling then must this content be ‘good’, must it be ‘finished’?'
@fnioagrdn
Vimeo



Larry MacAree, a charismatic Belfast character, invites you to visit him during his short residency. He will install part of his extensive action man collection around the gallery and roof. He will display some of his archive of artwork and photo albums. He will invite you to make your own collage or build some lego furniture and he may even paint a quick portrait of you (if the price is right!)

Larry MacAree- Larry with Action Man

Larry MacAree- Action Man in Lego Throne

Larry MacAree (age 58) is currently writing his life story through a process of telling and illustrating stories. This life story is not straight or chronological, nor does it fit into the format of autobiographies society has come to expect. It is diverse and rich, meandering and abstract.



Meadhbh McIlgorm is a mixed-media artist/maker. Her work is influenced by phenomena that move beyond the tangible – in particular the ephemeral nature of light, shadow and reflection. The unique qualities of glass, including its fragility, lend themselves to creating a narrative around these phenomena through sculptural objects, installation and photography.

Meadhbh McIlgorm- 'Reflecting Some Statistic' - mirror installation. Photo: Neal Campbell, Campbell Photography

Meadhbh studied Craft Design and History of Art at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, specialising in glass and graduating in 2013 with honours. She received DCCoI Future Makers Student Award (2013) and has shown work in several national group exhibitions including the RDS Craft Awards, Sculpture in Context (2014), ‘Solas’ (Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford, 2015/16) and The Ireland Glass Biennale (2019-20). In 2020, she held a solo exhibition, ‘Rituals of Preservation’, at Pollen Studio & Gallery. Recent projects include Liminal [Space] Belfast (2020) which she curated and produced. Originally from Dublin, Meadhbh has been living and working in Belfast since 2015 and is a studio holder at Queen Street Studios.
Meadhbh McIlgorm
@champagne_clouds._



Kate McSharry
'[My practice is tough to concretise.] Art is a universal language yet also a unique experience as our interpretations are affected by knowledge and environment. I am interested in how we establish context collectively when engaging with art.

Kate McSharry- 'And Rest, Close Enough (Not) To Touch', life-size cast concrete, detail, 2021

Poetry allows the space for energy to build and be expelled through an articulated riot-of-sorts. This project is a continued response to one of Peter Schjeldahl’s Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light essays on concrete. My approach to this exploration ‘an observation: artist as masochist’ is open-minded and reactionary; experimenting with ideas of concrete as a material, concrete being activated by its context, and concrete as a character. I presented the first of this series in September with ‘a consideration: all is fair in love and war(?)’ at Sarah Walker Gallery in Cork.
On graduating with First Class Honours in Contemporary Art from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media at GMIT in June, I was shortlisted for the RDS Visual Art Awards 2021 and will undertake a curatorial residency at Sample Studios in Cork during Spring 2022.'
@kate_mcsharry
; website is coming soon

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Niamh Seana Meehan is a visual artist based in Northern Ireland.

Niamh Seana Meehan

Artist Statement
'I work in-between visual art, writing and performance. A central theme within my practice is the slippages involved within the translation of thought to text. Textual projects I create often want to jump off the page and form into characters. The characters become catalysts for discussion and by implementing performative methods it enables them to anticipate their narrative. Will they be a performance, an audio work, a sculpture or remain textual?'
@niamhseanameehan


Stacey Mulligan explores in her work the ideology of archetypes and forms of its disruption. Using film, sculpture, and physical action, she is investigating gender as a complex concept, experimenting, and questioning our understanding of stereotypes in our current society.
Inspired by the deceptively feminine sport of cheerleading, (traditionally an all-male activity), she is exploring the conventional, masculine characteristics of aggression and strength.

Stacey Mulligan- Still from video: “Form, Aggression, Tension, Repeat”, 2021

'The formal qualities of balance, weight, tension, mass and time are reflective of the conditions I must master in order to successfully complete the actions of my performance in my video, “Form, Aggression, Tension, Repeat”, 2021. It seeks to push beyond my body’s limits to reveal its true potential of endurance. I intend to experiment with performative action and the notion of strength and endurance of the human body. I believe projection work can also play a part in my practice as I believe light-dark experimentation can be an interesting way to demonstrate the black-and-white world of gender archetypes.'
Text: Stacey Mulligan


Karolin Reichert, Ben Craig, Finnegan, Yorek
The German-Northern Irish family collective includes Karolin Reichardt, Ben Craig, Finnegan (5) and Yorek (5 months). They live, work and play in Berlin.

Finnegan- Papertheater

Artists statement
'Karolin mixes traditional textile techniques with an experimental approach in vibrant colours. Beside her work as an artist and educator, she collaborates as ‘Boat and Balloon’ with her partner and fellow artist Ben Craig. Ben likes to scribble, make models and build toy car racetracks, challenging the limits of simple materials such as pens, paper and cardboard. His passion for Lego is met by their son, Finnegan, who is also an enthusiast for space and crocodiles. Finnegan is currently interested in the interplay of drawing, sound, participatory sculpture and performance - a wild mix he refers to as “making a show”. His main audience consists of his younger brother Yorek, who is curious about what’s going on and happy as long as there is a comfy place for napping somewhere. '
@boatandballoon

Jill Quingly- installation view

Jill Quingly is an artist who works with photography and installation. She holds an MFA in photography from Ulster University. She has held solo exhibitions at Belfast Exposed and at Seen Fifteen. Her work has won the Jill Todd Award and the ESPY Student Prize and has been nominated for the Magnum Graduate Photographers Award, the Prix Pictet and the Unseen Dummy Book Award.

Jill Quingly- installation view

Jill Quingly- installation view

Jill Quingly- Magowens

Jill Quingly_ installation view

Artist statement
'My practice explores the consequences of making simple creative gestures in architectural space. I subvert the assumed purposeful context of space being represented or read with the making of basic interventions which aim to alter experience from the practical towards imaginative possibilities.'


Cathy Scullion is a visual artist and curator based in Belfast. Taking a multi-disciplinary, conceptual approach to her work, Cathy explores ways in which material and process can be used to examine internal and external factors that determine the relationships we have with others. Time, process, and tactility are important in the creation and display of her work.
Recently, Cathy has been exploring ideas of embodiment theory through practices like weaving and stitching. With a focus on the physical and ‘ritualised’ actions involved in these processes, Cathy has been using gesture and movement to question factors that might influence who has agency of voice.

Cathy Scullion- ‘As I Cannot Write-Translate’, 2021. Wood, vinyl and video projection.

She graduated with a first-class honour in Fine Art from Ulster University in 2018 and has been a member of Vault Artist Studios since then. She received graduate awards from Seacourt Print Workshop and Belfast Print Workshop, has exhibited nationally and internationally and has received awards from Arts Council NI and Freelands Foundation UK. She is the co-founder of Second Collective Belfast and is currently undertaking a Masters in Art Research Collaboration at IADT Dublin.



Open call- now closed

We encourage all artists and creative practitioners, professionals and amateurs, individuals, groups or organisations to submit a proposal. The short projects do not have to be a finished product or have a fixed outcome. In the contrary, they might only be a first step for further projects, a test run and experiment of a process, performance, initiative or forms of display.
For PS² this is a great opportunity as well: to see a wide variety of cultural expressions, to make new contacts and to open up the (art)space for more diverse activities.

PS² will provide
-its project space
-equipment: data projectors/ tvs/ media players/ boards/ stuff/ internet / tool box/ coffee machine, messy storage contents....
-practical assistance and invigilation
-web presence
-small fee.

Unfortunately, we are very limited to contribute to any travel costs or accommodation.

Please send your proposal what you would like to do during your residency (max 300words) + max 7 images + links, all in one PDF (not more than 4MB), with the subject header 'short residencies' to: info@pssquared.org
Please indicate which part/month would best suit you.

Deadline for applications: 04 September 2021


PS² has initiated similar projects in the past, giving artists and creatives the chance to experiment and test a project idea and open it to the public : 9-5 residency, 2009; Rehearsal room, 2013/14; and short residencies, 2019.

Image top: Izzy McEvoy, 2019