The History

Graphic Studio Gallery

Graphic Studio Gallery, opened in 1988, in Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 and has become an essential cultural feature of the city. Dublin's first fine art print gallery, it holds the largest stock of fine art prints, for sale in Ireland, and frequently works with private, corporate and public clients on specific projects. It supports artists through a busy exhibition schedule of up to 11 national and international exhibitions annually. Its education programme includes talks and print demonstrations, that provide engagement for the public, with artist printmakers. The sale of work at the gallery provides financial assistance to artists, and also raises essential funding for studio facilities. 

 

Graphic Studio Dublin

Graphic Studio Dublin, Fine Art Printmakers, was established in 1960 to teach traditional printmaking skills (then unavailable in Irish art colleges), and to provide studios and technical assistance to artists to make fine art prints. Its five founders were Patrick Hickey, Leslie MacWeeney, Liam Miller, Elizabeth Rivers and Anne Yeats. 

 

Printmaking

Graphic Studio Dublin facilitates the following print techniques: etching, lithography, linocut, drypoint, carborundum, woodblock, aquatint, photo etching, blind embossing, collography, letterpress and mezzotint. Technical assistance and education of artist members in the above printmaking techniques is core to our ethos.

 

Artists

Artist members have access to significantly subsidised studio facilities, training, and an opportunity to exhibit their work in the Graphic Studio Gallery. An art historical analysis shows some of Ireland's most established and successful artists have collaborated with Graphic Studio Dublin, including Tony O'Malley, Louis le Brocquy, Alice Maher, William Crozier, Martin Gale, Anne Madden, Seán McSweeney, Gerard Dillon, Patrick Collins, Patrick Scott, Felim Egan, Brian Bourke, and Mary Farl Powers.

 

Premises

Graphic Studio Dublin occupies two premises, Graphic Studio Gallery, Cope Street, Temple Bar.  Since 2007, the studios are housed in a stunning converted granary building: Distillery House, North Circular Road, Dublin 1.

 

Distillery House

Distillery House was built as part of the Findlater Mountjoy Brewery in 1852. It was the second largest brewery in Dublin after Guinness, and occupied an entire city block. It is accessed through Distillery Court, off North Circular Road, adjacent to Mountjoy Square. Comprising 7,000 square foot, over four floors, two of which have been maintained open-plan as significant printing facilities (2nd and 3rd floors). These top two floors house etching presses (one of which is the largest in Ireland), woodblock presses and equipment, and the lithography printing area. The first floor incorporates the administrative & reception office of Graphic Studio Dublin, a beautiful print-room/education room/multi-purpose space complete with 19th century cast iron columns, and a large kitchen/dining room for artists which also contains a small (but growing) library of books on print-making and contemporary art. This floor also contains the IT and new media area. It facilitates print-makers working in new media such as digital imaging equipment and also enables members to access e-mail, print images and proposals. The ground floor comprises acid rooms, lithography stone stores, plate cutting rooms, and paper storage. All floors in Distillery House have plan chests for the storage of members' prints, and Graphic Studio Dublin's archives. In 2009 as part of the Department of Arts, Sport & Tourism's ACCESS ll Capital Investment Plan, a new lift was installed and the studios re-roofed.

 

International links

Graphic Studio Dublin collaborates with major cultural partners in Ireland and abroad, including the National Gallery of Ireland, Chester Beatty Library, IMMA, National Museum of Ireland and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane to showcase the highest level of fine art printmaking (by our own members, and other international artists). During 2010, international partners include Edinburgh Printmakers (Scotland), Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (France).

 

Staff

The studio is run by Studio Director, Robert Russell, and his team, that includes Studio Assistants Mary Plunkett and Niamh Flanagan.

The gallery is run by Gallery Director, Peter Brennan, and his team, that includes Gallery Assistant, Elke Thonnes.  

Ann Kinsella looks after book keeping at both the studio and the gallery, and Susan Early is the company secetary. 

 

Governance information can be found by following this link

We are non-profit organisation, with charitable status (Charity No. CHY 9124).  We are greatly assisted by our volunteer board of directors - further details on governance, is available via the above link.