DAS is a not-for-profit, charity operating a shared studio space in Belfast City Centre. DAS promotes the convergence of art and technology and provides invaluable access to the resources essential to the production of and engagement with digital arts. DAS is for artists and creatives to work, learn and advance their careers. We were born out of a desire to support and encourage visual artists whose innovative work merged with digital technologies.
DAS is located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, in close proximity to the University of Ulster’s Belfast Campus, The MAC and the Oh Yeah Centre. DAS is principally funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The Digital Arts Studios (DAS) is a company limited by guarantee, registered number N1068690. DAS is a registered charity with charity number NIC106254.
DAS has two open-plan studios with desk spaces for up to 30 artists. We have equipment including a range of Mac Pro Computers (2015 - 2019), a PC Computer and various kit from cameras to Virtual Reality headsets. We also offer a range of software. A full list of equipment is available here. DAS provides a residency coordinator who works closely with residents assisting them with all technical needs and support. Each artist benefits from a feature page on our website.
Our facilities include a shared studio for artists and hotdesk facilities where you can rent a workstation for anything from an hour to a month. We run workshops in a range of subjects from creative code to DSLR filmmaking and all of our training can be offered as outreach. We curate visual, digital art for screenings and exhibitions and hold a substantial archive of local and international artists’ work.
Since 2008 DAS has showcased work by many artists in a range of exhibitions in partnership with local galleries including PS2, Platform Arts, Pollen Studios, Belfast Exposed, Cotton Court Gallery, The Beanbag Cinema, The Ulster University Art Gallery and the Golden Thread Gallery.
Since 2019 DAS has organised an Annual Review exhibition showcasing work by artists on the Home Residency Programme. Independent curators Daria Jelonek and Simon Poulter selected the works for the 2019 inaugural annual review and the exhibition took place in the Golden Thread Gallery.
Information on upcoming exhibitions can be found on our What's On page.
Future Labs is DAS's creative, innovative training programme that aims to provide technical support for artists who wish to experiment with new and emerging technologies, to broaden and enhance their artistic practice. Future Labs workshops are available online and DAS aims to restart in-person workshops, studio sessions and one-to-one tutorials as soon as possible.
The Future Labs programme provides digital hardware, software and critical thinking, facilitating networking and collaboration. Future Labs links artists with professional technologists to explore new methods and gain greater insight into contemporary practice. The Future Labs project aims to support artists to develop their creative vision within their own unique practices to enable them to create new and innovative works.
Keep up to date here: What's On for new workshop opportunities.
DAS is run by artists Catherine and Angela who have over 40 years experience of working in the arts between them . They have collective experience in curating exhibitions, critical writing, filmmaking and teaching.
Catherine studied photography at Edinburgh College of Art and completed a PhD in 2011 from Ulster University. Catherine works in photography and installation. Catherine is a former director of Platform Arts in Belfast and sat on the committee of Source magazine.
Ken Bartley, Iain Davidson, Deborah Huey, Laura Kirk, Claire McCauley
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