Common Room Talk 'On the Subject of Studios: Artist-Led Spaces

The second of a two-part series, this talk further explores the structures of Artist-Led spaces. This discussion is aimed at both artists seeking individual studio spaces and those considering the option of establishing a studio collective. We are delighted to present three established organisations, BLOCK T, The Market Studios and The Joinery. Each representative will discuss the structures that guide their artist-led spaces and highlight the benefits of initiating and creating studio groups. Other important topics include financial and time management.

There will be a Q&A session following presentation.

Tea and coffee will be provided also.



BLOCK T is a cooperative organization that provides a platform for visual and performing arts, as well as fostering philosophical, creative and social innovation, locally and internationally. Presently we operate from a former tile warehouse factory located on Smithfield Square, in Dublin’s inner city. This 8,000 square-foot building encompasses eleven resident artist studios, a large versatile gallery space, an analogue photography darkroom and a number of multifunctional workshop and performance areas.

BLOCK T aspires to transcend the status of purely being an arts centre. While it certainly- and importantly- fills this role, its wider mission is to provide a platform for creative thinking of all avenues. It strives to facilitate individuals to bridge the gap between theory and practice in their art or discipline through education, information, exchange and support.

The Market Studios

Established in 2008, The Market Studios is a not-for-profit initiative based in the heart of the markets area of Dublin city centre. The studios provide artists, curators and other creative professionals with a productive and engaging environment to work in. The Market Studios also function as a locus for artists to gather, collaborate and engage through a programme of screenings, discussions, workshops and performance events aimed at professional career development.

The studios provides 15 studio spaces and are managed by executive directors Claire Behan & Deirdre Morrissey and Emer Marron (Studio Administrator). The Market Studios also encompass an exhibition and project space 'Unit H' The exhibition space is also available to lease for a range of artist-initiated exhibitions, events and workshops.

Unit H aims to establish a reputation in nurturing curatorial practice and its curators/directors have provided both invited and studio artists with an outlet for their work in exhibitions and in many off site projects both locally and nationally.

The Joinery

The Joinery is an artist-led, DIY initiative and gallery space that was started in 2008 by Feargal Ward and Miranda Driscoll in response to an apparent shift from presumed norms around the institution, the venue and the gallery. The space is made up of three strands: a site for making, a space for exhibiting/performing and a place for discussion - comprising of a programmed gallery space, workspaces/studios and a large project space. The Joinery workspaces offer a secure, heated and shared working environment with a practical, technical and critical support structure. The space provides a professional environment from which artists can work and develop their practices. The Joinery currently provides workspaces and production facilities to predominantly visual artists, most of whom reside within the catchment area of the north inner city. The Joinery workspaces/studios facilitates a working environment that connects resident artists with a range of curators, exhibiting artists, writers and critics through the programme of talks and events in the gallery and project space.


Visual Artists Ireland Meeting Space

Central Hotel Chambers

7/9 Dame Court,

Dublin 2


Wed 13th June 1-2pm

Booking is essential.

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