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Studio Visit programme announcement

Posted: 28 February, 2020

Arts & Disability Ireland and Fire Station Artists’ Studios had a great response to our call for applications to our Studio Visit programme.

8 visual artists with disabilities were selected to participate in one studio visit with a curator on our panel.

Congratulations to Eoin O’Malley, Fergus Fitzgerald, Karol Mac Gairbheith, Paul Murray, Ruth Le Gear, Sahaja Budzilla, Tia Vellani and Vukašin Nedeljković. The studio visits were originally to take place between January and March but due to public health advice relating to Covid-19 this has been extended to December 2020.

Fergus Fitzgerald and Vukašin Nedeljković will participate in a studio visit with Miguel Amado, Director and Curator at Sirius Arts Centre.

Eoin O’Malley and Ruth Le Gear will participate in a studio visit with Sheena Barrett, Curator of The LAB Gallery and Arts Officer at Dublin City Council.

Paul Murray and Tia Vellani will participate in a studio visit with Jennie Guy, Independent Curator and Programme & Operations Manager at Fire Station Artists’ Studios.

Karol Mac Gairbheith and Sahaja Budzilla will participate in a studio visit with Belinda Quirke, Director at Solstice Arts Centre.

What is a studio visit?
The purpose of the studio visit is for artists and curators to have a conversation about the artist’s work and troubleshoot areas of the artist’s practice. This first conversation could lead to building a relationship over time.
Studio visits are intimate meetings between artists and curators that are focused on the artist’s practice, their work and interests. Artists invite curators, programmers or arts managers for a studio visit to discuss their practice. This can happen at the artist’s studio, in a café, meeting space or sometimes by Skype. In advance the curator will research the artist and the artist will choose what artworks they’d like to show the curator and be prepared to discuss their work. All of this preparation is a starting point for a conversation.

During a studio visit the conversation might revolve around the themes of the artist’s work, works that are in progress, potential exhibition opportunities, audiences for future work, introducing work by other artists for reference, professional development opportunities and critical responses.


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