Flax Art Studios

Flax Art/Orchid Studios provide space to emerging talent and established, award-winning artists.

Flax Art/Orchid Studios operate as one organisation providing a portfolio of subsidised studio provision for the needs of emerging, mid-career and established artists.   Particularly those working with sculpture, installation and new/time based media. Flax Art Studios was founded in 1989 by a group of recent graduates seeking space to make large-scale sculpture and installation artworks. Flax Art Studios is committed to developing and strengthening the visual arts sector in Belfast, and has provided 28 years of best practice work at the cutting edge of contemporary art.

Flax Art/Orchid Studios provides long term studio space for at least twenty-nine artists, one graduate resident artist, and international residents. The main aim is ‘to contribute significantly to the region’s visual art practice through studio provision and resources; acting as a hub for professional development, international networking opportunities; and fostering greater understanding through outreach and socially engaged activity.’

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Our artists have been integral to the artistic development of Belfast, not only through their personal practice, but through the organisations they have helped to build – for example Catalyst Arts, Bbeyond, Golden Thread Gallery and Ps2, and through the outreach, educational and development projects that they are involved in, showcasing Belfast’s unique identity.

Flax Art Studio Artists

  • Alastair MacLennan
  • Barbara Freeman
  • Deirdre McKenna
  • Helena Hamilton
  • Helouise O’Reilly
  • Hugh O’Donnell
  • Johanna Leech
  • Leo Devlin
  • Lesley Cherry
  • Lisa Malone
  • Lorraine Burrell
  • Martin Boyle
  • Philip Napier
  • Shiro Masuyama
  • Sinead O’Donnell
  • Stuart Calvin
  • Tonya McMullan
  • Tony Hill
  • Una Walker
  • Yvonne Kennan


Orchid Studio Artists

  • Alistair Wilson
  • Colin Darke
  • Dan Shipsides
  • Dougal McKenzie
  • Gary Shaw
  • John Rainey
  • Peter Richards
  • Rob Anderson
  • Simon McWilliams
  • Susan MacWilliam

To view more information on each of the artists, please click HERE (opens as a PDF)

Contact Details

Flax Art / Orchid Studios
44-46 Corporation St
County Antrim
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