Mentoring Programme at Fire Station Artists’ Studios
Our Mentoring Programme offers a unique professional development opportunity for visual artists with disabilities. It gives artists the opportunity to observe and formally review aspects of their own practice.
Arts & Disability Ireland and Fire Station Artists’ Studios Mentoring Programme was developed in 2011 as part of the Studio Award for a Visual Artist with a Disability. Following the success of this programme, we introduced a Mentoring Programme for Visual Artists in 2014.
Since the programmes initiation in 2014, 5 visual artists with disabilities have been mentored by a panel of visual arts professionals including; established visual artists, curators, gallery directors and studio providers.
Over the past two years Suzanne Walsh was mentored by Karl Burke (Visual artist), Sean Hillen was mentored by Patrick Murphy (Director RHA), Emma Donaldson was mentored by Rayne Booth (Programme Curator TBG&S), Liz Smith was mentored by Catherine Barragry (Visual artist) and Paul Moore was mentored by Padraic Moore (Curator).
The ADI and Fire Station Artists’ Studios 2016 Mentoring Programme is now closed
a unique professional development opportunity for visual artists with disabilities
Fire Station Artists’ Studios
Located in north east inner city Dublin, the Fire Station Artists’ Studios was established in 1993 to provide support for professional visual artists.
Fire Station provides subsidised combined living and working studios for Irish and international artists, large scale sculpture workshop facilities and training opportunities for artists. The Fire Station training programme has expanded to include digital and film training and we continue to host technical training and master classes which incorporate critical reflection.
A key policy of the Fire Station is to contribute to the debate on collaborative and socially engaged arts practice, through a commissioning process that incorporates critique.