New cohort of artists for PS² Freelands Artist Programme 2021-22

PS² are excited to announce the artists for the third year of the PS² Freelands Artist Programme. This five year initiative, funded by the Freelands Foundation, supports creative and professional development for emerging artists based in Northern Ireland, and fosters long term relationships and collaborations between artists and the regional arts ecology.
The selected artists for the third cohort who will participate in the programme over the next two years starting January 2021 are:

Myrid Carten
Phillip McCrilly
Helouise O’Reilly
Robin Price
Jonathan Ross

A panel including Michele Horrigan, artist and Director of Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Ciara Moloney, PS² Freelands Artist Programme Curator 2021-2022, 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 2021-2022 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 mentorship; attendance at two annual symposia; an opportunity to exhibit at PS² and the Freelands Foundation in London; and the use of PS²’s equipment and workshop space.

The five artists will join Jane Butler, Mitch Conlon, Jasmin Märker, Thomas Wells and BROWN&BRÍ from the 2nd cohort. The artists Janie Doherty, Michael Hanna, Julie Lovett, Jan McCullough and Emily McFarland from the 1st cohort will complete the programme at the end of this year.

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.

PS² will issue a fourth and final open call for artists to participate in the PS² Freelands Artist Programme 2022-2023 in autumn 2021.

Contact: or 07733457772

This programme is funded by the Freelands Foundation.

PS² is supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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