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Catalyst Arts
Catalyst Arts
Location within Northern Ireland
Location5 College Ct, Belfast BT1 6BS, United Kingdom
Coordinates54°35′54″N 5°56′10″W / 54.5983324°N 5.936139°W / 54.5983324; -5.936139Coordinates: 54°35′54″N 5°56′10″W / 54.5983324°N 5.936139°W / 54.5983324; -5.936139
TypeArt Gallery

Catalyst Arts a non-profit artist-run space based in Belfast city centre.


Catalyst Arts was formed in 1993 in response to what was seen as a cultural vacuum.[1] In accordance with its constitution it is run by unpaid volunteers, and seeks to adopt a poly-vocal strategy towards the promotion of contemporary art practices by large selection of artists and projects from the widest possible range of disciplines.[2] It is modeled after Transmission Gallery, and spawned 126 Artist-run Gallery.[3] Catalyst Arts was envisioned as an agency that would act as a 'catalyst' cajoling, supporting and promoting culturally engaged artistic endeavours on a local, national and international basis[4]

Catalyst Arts was founded on a constitution that provides a structure in which power flows from the roots of its membership to the committee of directors. Catalyst Arts boasts an archive of over 2000 unique documents of Northern Irish art history, which it is currently preparing to make publicly accessible. Catalyst Arts has also organised projects internationally.[5] Catalyst has strong links with the University of Ulster. Catalyst Arts has shown works of David Shrigley, Ross Sinclair, Susan Phillipz, Phil Collins, Michelle D Hannah, Roddy Buchanan, Simon Starling, Bill Drummond to name a few, and has turned the gallery into a sauna with Joanna Karolini. They have also worked on exchanges with 126 in Galway.[3]


  1. ^ McCann, Nuala (16 October 2006). "Art brings bingo to the toilet". BBC News. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Culture Northern Ireland". Archived from the original on 2012-07-16.
  3. ^ a b "Circa Art Magazine - Rayne Booth's blog - The year of the exchange (Friday 1 May 2009)". 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  4. ^ "What to see in Belfast".
  5. ^ Smith, Roberta (30 May 1997). "Art in Review". New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2012.