Between matter and words – 22 to 30 July and 5 to 13 Aug

Documentation of the Royal Loom’s restoration by Deborah White – PhD Researcher at Belfast School of Art – 2020.

Between matter and words seeks to foreground the diverse outcomes created by15 PhD researchers.

The project will encompass works in progress as well as more summative results that arise from study in any field of the Arts, including, but not limited to: painting, sculpting, designing, forming, weaving, throwing, playing, performing, making and writing.

Practice as research often sits uneasily in academic regulatory frameworks, yet this reflexive field plays a significant part in the identity and work of Ulster University, while also offering vital contributions to our wider cultures.

Study in this field, as Midgelow (2021) puts it, expresses and lays bare otherwise neglected, non-normative human epistemologies, ways of knowing and understanding deeply connected to the material and the visual.

This collective coming together of Phd researchers celebrates for the wider public the centrality of research and practice at the University. The project offers the viewer an insight into practice based research: nothing to be afraid of, but a lot to see and enjoy.

With 15 artists and researchers, this project comes in two parts:

Group 01
22-30 July 2022
Opening Thursday 21 July, 6-8pm

Alasdair Asmussen Doyle, Michelle McKeown, Jan Uprichard, Amy Mackle, Alessia Cargnelli, Ronan Smyth, Patrick Hickey

Group 02
05-13 August 2022
Opening Thursday 04 August, 6-8pm

Vikkie Patterson, Adriana Valderrama López, Deborah White, Beverly Irving Edwards, Natalie Wilson, Gerard Gibson, Philip Arneill, Sarah Tehan

Opening times: Tues-Sat 12-5pm
For more information on this project, see here:
Contact: or 07733457772

This project is supported by Ulster University.
PS² is supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

PS², 11 Rosemary Street, Belfast BT1 1QA

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