Call for Artists for Dún Laoghaire Baths
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council now seek artists to apply for new art workspaces at the newly re-opened Dún Laoghaire Baths. Six awards are currently available to support local artists with rent free, purpose-built artist workspaces and project funding. The closing date for applications is Friday, February 3rd, 2023.
Councillor Mary Hanafin, Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, said:
I welcome the Dún Laoghaire Baths Arts Studios awards which will support local artists who give so much to the cultural life of this County. Accessing workspaces is a significant challenge for artists. These purpose built, rent free studios, in such a beautiful and inspiring location, speak to the value we place on artists in our community and our important role in supporting their careers in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
Two studios are available to assist local artists to develop their practice in Dún Laoghaire. A Public Art commission will fund a studio and the creation of new work in response to the theme of Home. While a further opportunity will allow artists to engage in a series of 3-month residencies in a new large workshop space that invites the public to engage with the creative process. The studios are provided rent free with additional funding support to assist with the purchase of materials, the making of new work, or the presentation of workshops, talks and performances.
Welcoming the call out for artists, Frank Curran, Chief Executive, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, said:
The completion of the artists’ studios and provision of additional project funding delivers on a key action of our Council’s Arts Plan. After years of hard work by the Council, I am proud to see the Baths studios prepare to open, providing essential workspaces for our local artists to the benefit of the whole community.
These opportunities are funding by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office, the Arts Council, Creative Ireland and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
The Council’s Arts Development Plan identified the lack of accessible artist workspaces as the key barrier to artists career progression in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. The studio complex at Dún Laoghaire Baths, with additional funding awards, seek to address this challenge and support the career of local artists.
The Council currently supports artist and craftworker spaces in Mart Studios at the Grainstore, Cabinteely and the Marlay Craft Courtyard, Rathfarnham. Acknowledging the growing need for sustainable artist workspaces, further consultation with artists will take place in early 2023 to inform future arts workspace developments.
For details on the Dún Laoghaire Baths Artist Studios, please see here.
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Dún Laoghaire Baths Artist Workspaces
There are three individual artist workspaces ranging in size and an artist communal area:
• Workshop 1, 19.6 sqm in size with 1 large window and 2 doors (1 external and 1 internal)
• Workshop 2, 14.8 sqm in size with 4 windows and 1 internal door
• Workshop 3, 17.8 sqm in size with 1 window and 1 internal door
• Artist communal area, circa 45 sqm with 1 large window and 1 door
All individual studios are equipped with a Belfast sink, storage, lights and power sockets. A work table and chair can be provided. The floor is polished concrete, there is underfloor heating. Access to a Wi-Fi connection will be provided once the building opens.
There is also a Workshop 4 which is a programmed art space measuring 42sq metres. It has large French doors, 4 windows and overhead skylights. There are 2 Belfast sinks, a bench for material preparation, tables and chairs. The floor is polished concrete, there is underfloor heating.