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An All Day Event: Saturday 30 September 2006

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 city’s largest artists’ studio groups will take part in VISIT, a unique addition to Dublin’s 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 ‘in situ’. 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 artists’ 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 Artists’ Studios, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA’s) Artists’ Residency Programme, Pallas Heights and Studios and Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. 

As in any capital city, the artistic community is integral to Dublin’s cultural well-being. While galleries and exhibitions may well be familiar to the public, the realm of the artist’s 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 artists’ 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:

Liz Coman: Ass. Arts Officer; Dublin City Council, tel: 01 222 7841 or email: [email protected]
Mark Cullen: Director; Pallas Heights and Studios, tel: 087 957 2232 or email: [email protected]
Janice Hough: Artists’ Residency Programme Co-ordinator; Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) tel: 01 612 9905 or email: [email protected]
Clodagh Kenny: Director; The Fire Station Artists Studios, tel: 01-8556735 or email: [email protected]
Marian Lovett: Director; Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, tel: 01 671 0073 or email: [email protected]
Jacinta Lynch: Director; Broadstone Studios, tel: 01 830 1428 / 087 412 8684 or email: [email protected]

For further press information please contact Monica Cullinane or Patrice Molloy at Tel : +353 1 612 9900, Fax : +353 1 612 9999,  Email : [email protected]

31 July 2006