Studio Access

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Graphic Studio Dublin admits members twice yearly.

We have limited vacancies for studio membership, and invite submissions in July and January.

Submission deadline is the last Friday in January and July each year. 

Applications for membership are in writing and must include:

  • a cover letter stating why the candidate wishes to join Graphic Studio Dublin,
  • an up to date CV (including all relevant professional experience listed in chronological order)
  • and an artist’s statement.
  • Applications for membership must be accompanied by a portfolio (no larger than A1 in size) containing a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 of the applicants best pieces of original print work (no photographs or discs please) any extra information regarding the prints submitted is welcome and encouraged (dates, inspiration, etc.).

The portfolio and documents MUST be dropped into the studio, Distillery House, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, Dubin 1 before the above deadline. Partial submissions will not be accepted.

A panel of assessors, including the Studio Director, Gallery Director, and an artist board member, evaluate the portfolio, seeking demonstration of ability in at least one method of printmaking. In the absence of a formal qualification in printmaking, the candidate must demonstrate professional competency through work practice.

Applicants will be informed, in writing, within four weeks of submission of portfolio, as to whether they have been successful or not.

Successful entry will be followed by an induction into Graphic Studio Dublin practice encompassing a tour of the studio, and receipt of the Members Handbook. Membership fees (€550) are paid in advance for the year commencing 1st January. July applicants will pay a pro-rata membership in year one to 31st December.

Membership entitles member to 24 hour access, 7 days a week, 365 days a year; this level of access will be granted after a probation period during which you will be instructed in the correct and safe use of the studio. The length of the probation period will depend on your attendance at the studio and whether the Studio Director is satisfied that you have shown an ability to work correctly and safely and that you properly understand studio procedures.  

Graphic Studio Dublin is an Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Employment Equality Act 1998 and Equal Status Act 2004.

Open Access

Open Access is be available from 9.30am to 5pm, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. And also on Mondays and Fridays by appointment only (if staff are available).

The fee is €300 for 15 days paid in advance. The fifteen days do not have to be consecutive but have to be used up within one year from date of payment. Fees cannot be refunded for days not used. Any number of sessions can be purchased.

The fee for four weeks totaling 20 consecutive weekdays days when booked in advance is €200. Fees cannot be refunded for days not used.
Inks are included in the fees, and some other materials are available to buy in the studio.

Applications for Open Access are the same as for Membership. They are in writing and must include:

  • a cover letter stating why the candidate wishes to join Graphic Studio Dublin,
  • an up to date CV (including all relevant professional experience listed in chronological order)
  • and an artist’s statement.
  • Applications for Open Access must be accompanied by a portfolio (no larger than A1 in size) containing a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 of the applicants best pieces of original print work (no photographs or discs please) any extra information regarding the prints submitted is welcome and encouraged (dates, inspiration, etc.).

These items MUST be dropped into the studio, Graphic Studio Dublin, Distillery House, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, Dublin 1 before the above deadline. The Cover letter, CV and an artist’s statement must be submitted at the same time as the portfolio. Partial submissions will not be accepted.

The panel of accessors, is them same as that used to consider membership applications.

Applicants will be informed, in writing, within four weeks of submission of portfolio, as to whether they have been successful or not.

Unsuccessful candidates, where possible, will be informed of the reason for failure to admission. In some cases, candidates may be admitted following training/courses which will ensure they reach the high standards which are part of Graphic Studio Dublin’s ethos.

Graphic Studio Dublin is an Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Employment Equality Act 1998 and Equal Status Act 2004.

Extended Open Access

Extended Open Access can be applied for by those who have gained enough experience, through using Supervised Open Access, or by attending courses at Graphic Studio Dublin, to be confident and skilled enough to use the facilities unsupervised.

All studio users must complete a short induction covering health and safety, and studio safe practices. Applications for Extended Open Access will be considered every six months together with other studio applications, under the same criteria. (see application criteria)

Extended Open Access allows access to the studio from 9am to 9pm for four days per week, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. A small amount of storage is provided if available.

However, the Studio Director must be satisfied that the Extended Open Access user is competent enough to use the facilities safely before they will be given keys to the studio. To this end, Studio access may initially be restricted to Fridays and Mondays from 9.30am to 5pm. Keys will be given at the discretion of the Studio Director.

The fee for Extended Open Access is €500.00 per year payable in January of each year.

Inks and solvents are included in fees, but other materials such as paper, wiping cloths, cleaning rags, plates etc should be provided by the artist themselves. Some materials are available to buy in the studio.

(Acceptance to full Membership, Supervised Open Access, and Extended Weekend Access, does not automatically include representation in Graphic Studio Gallery, this is subject to approval by the gallery manager).

Graduate Rates and Graduate Awards

Graduate Rate

Graphic Studio Dublin offer a reduced rate to graduates who are successful in their membership application. The rate is 60% of the full rate, or €330 for the year, as opposed to the regular rate of €550. This rate is offered for up to two years after the date of graduation. There is no difference in the application procedure, it is the same as for full membership. Please refer to ‘Full Membership’  for the full application details.

Similarly, a reduced rate of 60% of the full rate is offered to recent graduates accepted on Open Access or Extended Access. There is no difference in the application procedure. Please refer to ‘Open Access’ for the full application details.

Graduate Award

Each year Graphic Studio Dublin offers a number of graduate awards to students of Dublin’s fine art educational institutions and third level colleges specialising in print. Since 2016, they have been sponsored by leading law firm, Mason Hayes and Curran. 

The awards offer up to a year of access to our studio, as well as free materials and expert technical guidance.  They link the graduates degree course to a professional art practice, that assists their development, by working alongside established artist printmakers.  The awards also encourage the enrolment of other young artists, who frequently bring new ideas, and ways of working to our collective studio environment.

The selection process begins with graduate degree shows in May and June. Selection is made by a panel, including representation from the board of Graphic Studio Dublin, the Studio Director, and the Gallery Director, in conjunction with the Department Heads of various fine art educational institutions and third level colleges specialising in print. The awardees commence in September with an induction day. Participating colleges include Dublin Institute of TechnologyDun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology and the National College of Art & Design.

Graphic Studio Dublin provides facilities for intaglio, lithography, screen print, letterpress and relief print.

Applicant’s final year exhibition will be assessed together with a portfolio of related work, which must be made available beside their display.

» View the Graduate Award application form

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