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 Programme Manager, Niamh Flanagan, Studio Assistant, Mary Plunkett and Studio Administrator Susan Early. 

The gallery is run by Gallery Director, Peter Brennan, and his team, that includes 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), Elizabeth Bothwell, Matthew Gammon, Kate MacDonagh, Niamh McGuinne, Josie McMorrin, Ruth O’Donnell, Niamh O’Kennedy, Kieran Owens, Aoife Scott and Bruce Stanley.

Members of the Board

Chairman: Chris Curran

Experienced Financial Services Executive with over 15 years of 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 Director

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 in December 2018.

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Bruce Stanley- Director

Bruce is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, an AITI Chartered Tax Advisor and a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP). 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 20 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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Kate MacDonagh – Artist Director

Kate MacDonagh is a Sligo born artist currently living and working in Dublin. She studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design, Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York, and at MI- LAB, Fujikawaguchiko Studio, Japan. Since her time spent in Japan (2015, 2017 and 2019) Kate’s primary focus is on water-based woodblock printing (Mokuhanga) and water colour painting. From carving wood blocks to make the prints, the carvings have taken on a new dimension, becoming sculptural objects in themselves.

Kate is a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 2018. She has taught Mokuhanga to members of Graphic Studio and is hoping to bring an exhibition of work to the 4th International Mokuhanga Conference in Nara, Japan in November 2020. Her work is held in public and private collections in Ireland, UK, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, USA and Japan. She is a recipient of numerous commissions and artist residencies including: The Model Art Centre, Sligo; MI-Lab Artist in Residence Programme, Japan; Colony of Painters, Islake, Slovenia and Cill Rialaig Artists’ Retreat, Kerry, Ireland.


Group Exhibitions include: RHA: Annual Exhibition, Dublin; ‘Beauty of Mokuhanga: Discipline & Sensibility’, IMC, Hawaii; ‘A Lonely Impulse of Delight’; Geidei University, Tokyo; ‘The Wanderer and the Well’: Reflections on Yeats, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo; ‘Nebensonnen’, Seidlvilla, Munich; ‘Echoes’ with Maria Simmonds-Gooding, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin; DiscoverPrint 2019, Greenacres, Wexford.

Appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2019.

Kate MacDonagh

Elizabeth Bothwell- Director

Elizabeth has over 25 years as corporate lawyer. Elizabeth graduated with a law degree from TCD and trained with Arthur Cox before qualifying as a solicitor. Following qualification, Elizabeth undertook a Masters in Company Law and Finance Law at the London School of Economics. Elizabeth then re-joined Arthur Cox and became a partner in 2000.

Elizabeth specialises in mergers & acquisitions and she advises Irish and International clients on domestic and cross-border mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital and private equity transactions, corporate reorganisations, corporate governance, commercial contracts and commercial law matters. She has particular experience and expertise in transactions in the energy, financial services and technology sectors.

Elizabeth has always had a keen interest in visual arts and is extremely interested in this medium of print.

Matthew Gammon- Artist Director

Originally from England, Matthew moved to Belfast in 1990 to attend Queen’s University, and fourteen years later moved to Boyle in the West of Ireland, where he has been living for the last sixteen years. Earlier this year he became a full-time professional visual artist, after nearly thirty years of working in libraries. He has a number of academic qualifications including a BA in Politics & Scholastic Philosophy, an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies, University Certificates in Art History and Management Development, and in 2002 he qualified as a professional librarian with a Masters in Library and Information Studies.

Matthew is a self-taught artist and has been a member of the Graphic Studio Dublin since 2016. His practice focuses on the use of modern polymer technology to create hand-pulled photogravure prints. He has previously served on the committees of Boyle Arts Festival and Boyle Camera Club.

Matthew has had three solo exhibitions: Architectural Abstractions – 2019 (Gallery Space, Aidan Heavey Public Library, Athlone), Inked & Pressed – PhotoIreland 2018 (Inspire Galerie, Dublin), and Beauty in the Commonplace – 2017 (Strule Arts Centre, Omagh; King House, Boyle & The National Museum of Ireland, Castlebar). Earlier this year he was awarded the Juror’s Special Honor Award at the (S)Light of Hand exhibition, Escondido, CA, USA. Next year he will be exhibiting in a two-person show at The Photographer’s Eye Collective Gallery, Escondido, California, USA, and in 2022 he will be having a solo exhibition at The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo. His work has featured in many group exhibitions, including the annual exhibitions of the RHA and RUA, the Original Print Exhibition of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, the International Print Exhibition of the Royal Photographic Society, Another Bite of the Cherry and Urbis Felicitas at the Graphic Studio Dublin.

 

Appointed to the Board of Directors in December 2020.

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Niamh McGuinne- Artist Director

Niamh lives and works in Dublin and is a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 2010. She graduated from NCAD MFA in Fine Art in 2020. She is also a practicing paper conservator and has an MA in Conservation of Fine Art from the University of Northumbria, UK. She has worked in a number of museums and galleries in the USA, UK and Ireland and is currently a paper conservator in the National Gallery of Ireland.

The embodiment of psychological experience and the nature of somatic response in an underlying theme in Niamh’s work. She is addressing issues concerning how the body absorbs, holds and disguises trauma. Her practice incorporates print, sculpture, film and installation.  She uses a combination of traditional and commercial methods of printing on a variety of materials including film, paper, textile, perspex and metal. These prints are often combined in 3D configurations either as a method of display, to encourage interaction or to film and animate.

 

Appointed to the Board of Directors in December 2020.

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Josie McMorrin – Artist Director

Prior to moving to Dublin in 1998, Josie McMorrin lived and worked in Scotland. After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art (1975) in drawing and painting she taught art at the secondary school level, exhibited work through the Society of Scottish Artists and continued to show paintings in various galleries and group shows. The move to Dublin brought with its work in Marino College CDVEC and involvement with the Five Lamps Arts Festival culminating in a solo show (Sidetracked) an exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints. (2014). 

After attending etching courses in the Graphic Studio and subsequently joining the studio in 2017, Josie is enjoying rediscovering the printmaking process. Josie’s work is both expressive and representational and based on drawing from life, in recent years mainly from the natural environment, seeking to emphasize and isolate shape, line, pattern and texture from the subject matter to evoke mood, atmosphere and movement.   

Recent work was shown in 2017; Impressions Biennale, Galway Arts Festival; Graphic Studio Summer and Winter Shows; Hotpress 20:20 Print Exchange; The New State; contemporary etching in Ireland, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin; DiscoverPrint 2019, Greenacres, Wexford.

Appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2019.

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Niamh O’Kennedy- Director

Niamh is a commercially driven marketer with extensive brand building experience. She has spent the last twenty-five years of her career working in marketing and advertising agencies both nationally and internationally. She has led high performing inter-agency teams on global pieces of business and has managed a variety of different brands in almost every industry sector and has expertise in leading effective Irish and European award winning campaigns. 

Niamh has international agency experience from working in both London and Sydney. She has operated at a senior level for over thirteen years in Ogilvy Dublin and was part of the strategic leadership team and various management teams during this period. She was a Board Director and Head of Activation at OgilvyOne for four years leading on digital, activation and experiential campaigns. She led the digital and activation team through the merger with Ogilvy merger from both a commercial and cultural perspective. From 2016 to April 2020, she was operating as a Group Business Director & Business Development Director. Niamh also led the Business Development team at Ogilvy and is skilled at identifying new business opportunities with expertise at leading successful agency pitch teams. 

Niamh has very recently founded Noknok, a marketing and advertising consultancy business that is based on the principle that Ideas Open Doors. There are a number of different services offerings but the key ones are: The Complete Marketing Solution. Brand Strategy Development. Strategic Creative Communications Development. Advertising Consultancy.

Appointed to the Board of Directors in December 2020.

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Aoife Scott- Artist Director

Aoife’s career as an artist began in 2013 when she achieved a first class honours degree in Fine Art Print and Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Upon graduating Aoife received The Printmakers Prize and The Graphic Studio – Graduate Award where she worked for four years before moving to London in 2017. While in London she completed a two year Masters in Fine Art Print at The Royal College of Art. 
Having exhibited internationally and in Ireland, Aoife has also won and been nominated for numerous awards including The Wilkinson Print Award at the RHA Annual Exhibition – 2018, The Honorary Mention at The KoMASK Masters of Print Exhibition, Antwerp and shortlisted for The Fingal Arts Studio Award – RHA 2019. Over the past seven years Aoife has worked in print studios in Dublin and London editioning prints for established artists. Her work has been collected by The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, The British Library, London and The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. Aoife continues to be a member of Graphic Studio Dublin and is currently working as a part-time lecturer in the Print department in NCAD, Dublin.

Appointed to the Board of Directors December 2020.

Aoife Scott photo

Kieran Owens-Director

Educated in the late 1970s and early 1980s at Trinity College, Dublin, Kieran joined the Board of the university’s Douglas Hyde Gallery as a student representative, working on exhibitions of art by Otto Dix, M. C. Escher, Max Ernst, Mervyn Peake, James Ensor, Edward and Nancy Keinholtz, and Sean Scully, to name but a few international examples. A long career in the music business ended in 1995, after which he took over the publishing and editing, until 2008, of The Event Guide, Dublin’s fortnightly free-distribution cultural newspaper. For it he specialised in writing art interviews, previews and reviews.

He was a board member and Chair of the Board of the Project Arts Centre and returned to the Douglas Hyde as a Board member for fifteen years, chairing it up to the end of his term in 2016.

Following several years of working on freelance projects with Stoney Road Press, he was appointed as the cultural programme curator for several historic properties in the care of Ireland’s Office of Public Works, including Emo Court and Doneraile Court, as well as the Irish Government’s official state residence, Farmleigh House, which position he currently occupies. For the latter, he recently curated ‘Face To Face’, a large exhibition of portraits by the Paris-based Anglo-Belgian painter Anthony Palliser. He was also instrumental in arranging print exhibitions at Emo Court for the Graphic Studio artists. An avid supporter of ArtUK, he has been a long-standing contributor to its Art Detective research facility.

Appointed to the Board of Directors in December 2020.

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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