VAI Common Room Lunch Time Talks 'On the Subject of Studios'

Rayne Booth from Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and Liz Burns from Fire Station Artists' Studios will give an overview of the benefits and challenges that arise when setting up studios, the process of applying for a studio/studio residency and the advantages of joining a studio/art space collective.  Current studio artist from Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Alan Butler and Fire Station studio artist Catherine Barragry will share their experiences and a background to their work.

There will be a Q&A session following presentation.

Tea and coffee will be provided also.

Temple Bar Gallery & Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) is a unique artists-studios’ organisation and gallery in Dublin city centre. We focus on contemporary art and have a national importance in developing the visual arts in Ireland. Through our 30 artists’ studios and our gallery programme, we facilitate and support professional artists to make new art work. We also offer a full programme of talks, events and education activities around our artists’ studios and gallery that engages our visitors and communities with artists and art-making.

TBG&S Studio Artist: Alan Butler

Alan Butler (b. Dublin, 1981). Graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2004 with a BA in Fine Art, specialising in new media. Between 2008-2009, I completed a MA in Fine Art at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. I am now an interdisciplinary artist, whose work has featured in many solo and group projects/ exhibitions some of which include: The Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore; Hatje Cantz Con prefazione di Angela Vettese, Venice; E'cole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin; Cake Contemporary Arts, Kildare; G126, Galway; The Mermaid, Wicklow; The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; Dublin Contemporary 2011; Solas Nua, Washington, D.C.; Mina Dresden, San Francisco. I currently occupy a membership studio at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios.

Fire Station Artists' Studios

The Fire Station Artists' Studios was established in 1993 to support professional visual artists. Located in Dublin's north inner city, it provides subsidised combined living and working studios for Irish and international artists. In addition it provides large scale sculpture workshop facilities, as well as training/ professional development opportunities for artists. It also offers annual digital media and sculpture workshops day residencies. A key policy of the Fire Station is to contribute to the debate on collaborative and socially engaged arts practice though a commissioning process that incorporates critique.

Fire Station Studio Artist: Catherine Barragry

For some time now I have been generating intense, intimate gestures through performance, video, image and sculpture. The works are fragile; on the edge of existing, and can seem both ancient and nascent. They are drawn from insular inner worlds of human and animal, and expansive territories of politics, evolution and becoming. More recently there has been a shift in my practice toward embedded events, where the gesture becomes about creating contingent cultural possibilities. The works are low-key happenings and occurrences drawn together using amateur methods. They transiently inhabit liminal sites and practices. The practice I have developed is intended to open on to the wider state of things. It is permeable to its own history, but also to an innate sense of what it is to be human; to desire, to experience and to play.

Booking is essential.

Follow link to register:

This is a FREE event and there will be a Q&A session after the talk.
Tea& coffee will be provided also.


Visual Artists Meeting Space
Central Hotel Chambers
7/9 Dame Court
Dublin 2

Date: 11th June 2012, 1-2pm