About

Graphic Studio Dublin & Graphic Studio Gallery were established to provide studios, promote printmaking and to exhibit and sell fine art prints. We are a non profit organisation with charitable status, that receives core funding from the Arts Council of Ireland.

Graphic Studio Gallery

Graphic Studio Gallery, opened in 1988, in Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 and has become an essential cultural feature of the city. Dublin’s first fine art print gallery, it holds the largest stock of fine art prints, for sale in Ireland, and frequently works with private, corporate and public clients on specific projects. It supports artists through a busy exhibition schedule of up to 11 national and international exhibitions annually. Its education programme includes talks and print demonstrations, that provide engagement for the public, with artist printmakers. The sale of work at the gallery provides financial assistance to artists, and also raises essential funding for studio facilities.

Graphic Studio Dublin

Graphic Studio Dublin, Fine Art Printmakers, was established in 1960 to teach traditional printmaking skills (then unavailable in Irish art colleges), and to provide studios and technical assistance to artists to make fine art prints. Its five founders were Patrick Hickey, Leslie MacWeeney, Liam Miller, Elizabeth Rivers and Anne Yeats.

Printmaking

Graphic Studio Dublin facilitates the following print techniques: etching, lithography, linocut, drypoint, carborundum, woodblock, aquatint, photo etching, blind embossing, collography, letterpress and mezzotint. Technical assistance and education of artist members in the above printmaking techniques is core to our ethos.

Artists

Artist members have access to significantly subsidised studio facilities, training, and an opportunity to exhibit their work in the Graphic Studio Gallery. An art historical analysis shows some of Ireland’s most established and successful artists have collaborated with Graphic Studio Dublin, including Tony O’Malley, Louis le Brocquy, Alice Maher, William Crozier, Martin Gale, Anne Madden, Seán McSweeney, Gerard Dillon, Patrick Collins, Patrick Scott, Felim Egan, Brian Bourke, and Mary Farl Powers.

Premises

Graphic Studio Dublin occupies two premises, Graphic Studio Gallery, Cope Street, Temple Bar.  Since 2007, the studios are housed in a stunning converted granary building: Distillery House, North Circular Road, Dublin 1.

Studio Premises

Distillery House was built as part of the Findlater Mountjoy Brewery in 1852. It was the second largest brewery in Dublin after Guinness, and occupied an entire city block. It is accessed through Distillery Court, off North Circular Road, adjacent to Mountjoy Square. Comprising 7,000 square foot, over four floors, two of which have been maintained open-plan as significant printing facilities (2nd and 3rd floors). These top two floors house etching presses (one of which is the largest in Ireland), woodblock presses and equipment, and the lithography printing area. The first floor incorporates the administrative & reception office of Graphic Studio Dublin, a beautiful print-room/education room/multi-purpose space complete with 19th century cast iron columns, and a large kitchen/dining room for artists which also contains a small (but growing) library of books on print-making and contemporary art. This floor also contains the IT and new media area. It facilitates print-makers working in new media such as digital imaging equipment and also enables members to access e-mail, print images and proposals. The ground floor comprises acid rooms, lithography stone stores, plate cutting rooms, and paper storage. All floors in Distillery House have plan chests for the storage of members’ prints, and Graphic Studio Dublin’s archives. In 2009 as part of the Department of Arts, Sport & Tourism’s ACCESS ll Capital Investment Plan, a new lift was installed and the studios re-roofed.

International links

Graphic Studio Dublin has collaborated with major cultural partners in Ireland and abroad, including the National Gallery of Ireland, Chester Beatty Library, IMMA, National Museum of Ireland and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane to showcase the highest level of fine art printmaking (by our own members, and other international artists). International partnerships have included projects with Edinburgh Printmakers (Scotland), Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (France).

Staff

The studio is run by Studio Director, Robert Russell, and his team, that includes Studio Assistants Mary Plunkett and Niamh Flanagan.

The gallery is run by Gallery Director, Peter Brennan, and his team, that includes Gallery Assistant Elke Thönnes, and Mateja Šmic.

Ann Kinsella looks after book keeping at both the studio and the gallery, and Susan Early is the company secretary.

Board

We are greatly assisted by our voluntary board: Chris Curran (chair), Bruce Stanley, Peter Robbins, Jeremy Crean, Ailbhe Barrett, Grainne Cuffe, Des Kenny , Ruth O’Donnell and Vaida Varnagiene.

Members of the Board

Chairman: Chris Curran

Experienced Financial Services Executive with 15+ years experience across the full range of financial services from financial trading to long-term wealth management. Specialised in the driving of momentum to achieve key revenue milestones for new-to-market financial products and services. Current role is developing the investment proposition of a market-leading open architecture advisor platform in Ireland.

Appointed to the  Board of Directors June 2015, Elected Chairman February 2016.

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Ruth O’Donnell – Artist

Born Galway 1952, educated at the Institut Saint Luc, Brussels, 1986 to

1990 (Graduat en Arts Plastiques, avec distinction). She joined Graphic Studio Dublin in 1991 and is a full time artist printmaker.

Her still life imagery references art history, literary sources, museum pieces as well as personal experience.

Recent solo exhibitions include Perfectly Ordinary, 2019 and All is not lost, 2016, Graphic Studio Gallery. Recent group shows include Masters of Modern Printmaking, Blue House Gallery, Schull, 2018 and Impressions Biennial, Galway, 2017. Her work was selected from the OPW collection for Finders and Keepers, DLR Lexicon, 2015.

She has undertaken numerous commissions and residencies, most recently in the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 2014, which featured in a short film on newsarttoday.tv

She has given talks about her work in the National Gallery of Ireland: Sources of Inspiration, 2015 and Studies in Watercolour, 2012

Appointed to the  Board of Directors December 2018.

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Bruce Stanley

Bruce is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an AITI Chartered Tax Advisor. He is a Partner in one of Ireland’s leading accountancy practices, HLB Sheehan Quinn and has been providing advice to Arts Sector organisations for more than 15 years. He has presented on topics of bookkeeping and taxation to various arts organisations around Ireland. In addition to his work with Graphic Studio Dublin he is also actively involved in theatre and a Founder Circle member of the Irish National Opera.

Appointed to the  Board of Directors December 2018.

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Vaida Varnagiene

Born in Klaipeda, Lithuania, Vaida lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. Vaida is a multidisciplinary artist and printmaker.

She studied Landscape design BA (Ordinary) at Klaipeda Business and Technology College, and Landscape architecture of Town and Country Planning and Recreational Architecture BA (Honours) at Klaipeda University. Vaida is experienced landscape designer and architect with an experience over fourteen years. In 2015, she completed BA Fine art at Technological University Dublin, and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise MA (Postgraduate Certificate) at University College Dublin in 2017. She received Graphic Studio Dublin Graduate Award in 2015, and is now a member of Graphic Studio Dublin.

Vaida has exhibited in numerous group shows around Ireland and internationally. Vaida’s work was acquired by OPW, Ireland and private art collectors worldwide. Her works are included in the collections of different Art Museums in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, China, Japan and many other institutions. Vaida actively participates in fine art print exhibitions, symposiums, biennials and triennials all over the world.

Website: vaidavarnagiene.weebly.com

Appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2017.

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Jeremy Crean

Jeremy has over twenty five years’ experience in the area of law and corporate governance, latterly in financial services.  Having graduated with a law degree from TCD in 1985, he moved to New York, where he became a member of the New York Bar and practiced as an associate in the area of commercial real estate with DeForest & Duer, attorneys, in Manhattan.  

He returned to Ireland in the mid-1990s where he qualified as a solicitor with Eugene F. Collins, before working in private practice in a number of areas including conveyancing, litigation and company law. 

He joined INVESCO (a mutual funds provider in the IFSC) in 1999, as Senior Legal Counsel, which began a career in financial services.  In 2005, he joined Bank of Ireland, Group Legal Services, with responsibility for investment businesses within the Group. He was seconded to his current position within the Group, as Deputy Group Secretary, in 2008, where he is responsible for corporate governance matters.

While relatively new to the world of print, Jeremy has had a long-standing interest in the visual arts.  

Appointed to the  Board of Directors October 2016.

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Desmond Kenny – Artist

Desmond Kenny is an interdisciplinary artist who works in paint, sculpture and print. He joined Graphic Studio Dublin in 2005, where he has worked in a variety of printmaking techniques including etching, aquatint and drypoint. He is now focused on screen-printing, creating multi-layered, unique one-off works that combine watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.

I am a member of the Graphic Studio Dublin for fourteen years and in that time I have developed prints in a wide variety of techniques from Lino-cut, Etching,Lithography,Carborundum,Mono-print and Screen print.My artistic practice also includes painting, sculpture,embroidery and crochette. A change in my artistic practice occurred about eight years ago under the influence of children’s art.Their primal creativity transformed how I made art. I now make work that is brightly coloured and joyful.  My work is found in many private collections, OPW, Fingal CoCo , Donegal CoCo,Meath CoCo, Louth CoCo.’

Appointed to the Board of Directors October 2017.

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Ailbhe Barrett – Artist

Home educated to age 18; from there, took up painting full time, under guidance from artists and art professionals. Initially had interest in historical techniques in oil painting, and how these facilitated communication between artist and viewer. At a later stage studied printmaking, in Limerick Printmakers and Graphic Studio Dublin, exploring the relationships between etching, drawing and painting, the important place print has had in contemporary art and throughout its history, as well as its place in own body of work.

Work is included in collections such as OPW, Irish Georgian Society and Irish National Botanical Gardens.

.Appointed to the  Board of Directors November 2016

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Grainne Cuffe – Artist

Grainne Cuffe, Irish, lives and works in County Wicklow, Ireland. She describes her work as ‘loosely botanical’. A Fulbright scholar to Tamarind Institute,New Mexico, she came across the etchings of James McNeill Whistler in Boston Museum of Fine Art, thereafter falling in love with etching.  

A Post Grad student of etching at Central St.Martins,London, her influences are her teacher there,Norman Ackroyd,RA; Georgia O’Keefe; Henry Moore; and Bauhausian principles, amongst others. Her work has been influenced by time spent working in studios in Milan, Sweden, Denmark and Ireland. Her etchings are appreciated and loved in the United States and abroad.

Collections include Bank of Ireland, OPW, Chester Beatty, National Gallery of Ireland, National Botanic Gardens.

Appointed to the  Board of Directors October 2015.

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Dr Peter Robbins

Dr. Peter Robbins is one of Ireland’s foremost experts in innovation and new product and service development. He is a former Global Director of Innovation Excellence for GSK. His area of research is how firms organize for innovation. He is head of the Department of Design Innovation in Maynooth University. He has published in R&D Management, the Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, the Irish Journal of Management, International Journal of Innovation Management, London Strategy Review and regularly speaks at international conferences and corporate events on the subject of managing creativity and innovation. His particular expertise is in Design Thinking. His profile is unique among Irish academics, having worked in his field at a global level in a top 3 pharma company before completing a doctorate and moving full-time to academia.

Appointed to the  Board of Directors October 2016.

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More information, including information on Governance, here

We are non-profit organisation, with charitable status (Charity No. CHY 9124). Further details on governance are available via the above link.

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