When you take those first steps into Studio Souk…
you step into an experience like no other in Belfast. Gone are the notions of your typical high street store and gone are the preconceptions of an “art space” being a cold, sterile and untouchable place.
Studio Souk is the breathe of fresh air needed to inspire the city centre and Belfast as a whole.
Studio Souk is open seven days a week, it is warm and inviting, with a rainbow of colours, sounds and sights to captivate our city and its communities.
You are immediately met with the soothing smell of fresh coffee, a soft and welcoming lighting and the hustle and bustle of a thriving community of artists, designers and makers.
As you stroll through the space you can see a ceramists working on their potters wheel, a textile designer busy at their sewing machine, and a painter deep in thought as they stare at their canvas. This is only touching the surface of what Studio Souk has to offer. There are fourteen different practitioners in the space busy creating in their own studios and all stopping to talk; telling you about who they are and what they are making.
Not only can you talk to the artists seven days a week but you can also buy their beautifully crafted products.
There is a designated retail space for artists who do not have their studio in the space but who can showcase and sell their products, also giving them the opportunity to grow their creative businesses and to market test their products. All the products are displayed to the highest standard and with information about the designer, why their product is unique and how it is made.
Upstairs there is a workshop space where the artists congregate, either to work on ongoing outreach projects or just to collaborate together on their own craft. It is always an interesting space to see what new and exciting projects are going to happen.
There are experienced staff and volunteers ready to answer any questions you have and to give you that unique and tailored experience, or you can just sit and enjoy a locally brewed coffee while looking at the artists at work. The kids can also be creative in our children’s corner with colouring books, chalkboards and art supplies to entertain them for hours.
Studio Souk is a space to enjoy, a space to feel inspired by and a space to feel like your own.
Studio Souk is where creativity and community thrive every day.