For the first time in Dublin, over one hundred artists will open their studio doors to the public on Saturday 30 September 2006. Seven of the cityís largest artistsí studio groups will take part in VISIT, a unique addition to Dublinís cultural calendar. VISIT affords the public a rare opportunity to view the many different creative spaces across the city of Dublin, all within one day. The purpose of the event is to provide insight into the spaces where art is made, to view new work and to meet the artist Ďin situí. Visitors will be able to engage with artists and their work on both a professional and curious level.
VISIT is an initiative by the different artistsí studios organisations in Dublin and aims to promote visual arts to a wider audience. The collaboration features a range of organisations, from the independent artist-run spaces to some of the more established institutions. Groups and organisations represented include:† Broadstone Studios, Brunswick Street Studios, Dublin City Council: The Red Stables, Fire Station Artistsí Studios, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMAís) Artistsí Residency Programme, Pallas Heights and Studios and Temple Bar Gallery and Studios.†
As in any capital city, the artistic community is integral to Dublinís cultural well-being. While galleries and exhibitions may well be familiar to the public, the realm of the artistís studio, normally a private place to test and develop new ideas, retains an air of mystery. VISIT will focus attention on the often-unseen side of visual arts production.
By bringing the audience directly to the artistsí studios, VISIT offers the public an exciting opportunity to see and experience first-hand the diversity and breadth of art practices that flourish in this city. There will be opportunities for those with a professional and personal interest in collecting, with much of the art available for sale at fair and reasonable prices.
This early announcement is intended to draw attention to an important event in the cultural calendar. Further information and a list of participating artists will follow. In the meantime for more details about VISIT please contact any of the following: