Studio Access

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Graphic Studio Dublin

Membership Applications – last updated July 2019

Submissions are invited on the last Friday in January and July each year.

Applications are in writing and must include:

  • a cover letter stating why you wish to join Graphic Studio Dublin
  • an up to date CV (including all relevant professional experience in chronological order. This can include experience related to your wider artistic practice, and not necessarily just printmaking experience.)
  • an artist’s statement
  • a portfolio of work (no larger than A1 in size containing a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 of your best pieces of original print work. You can include photographs of installation pieces/print work which is larger than A1 in size, all other work should be original.
  • All work should be clearly labelled and any extra information regarding the prints is encouraged (eg dates, media, inspiration, where they were shown etc)

The portfolio and documents MUST be dropped into the studio, Distillery House, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, Dublin, D01 HD39, before the above deadline. Partial submissions will not be accepted.

A panel of assessors, including the Studio Director, Gallery Director, an artist board member, and an external artist will evaluate the submission, seeking demonstration of ability in at least one method of printmaking, quality of artistic ability and ideas.

Shortlisted applicants may be invited to make a ten-minute presentation of their work at the studio.

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 including a tour of the studio and Health and Safety practices.

All new members will be admitted to the studio during working hours only, for the first 6 months of membership (or less, if agreed with the Studio Director.) This will be a probationary period, and the new members will have access to technical support from the Studio Director and Projects Coordinator during this time. After 6 months, the new members will be able to submit a portfolio where their membership, if approved, will render them key-holding studio members.

Membership entitles each member to 24-hour access, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Membership fees (currently €550) are paid in advance for the year commencing 1st January by standing order. July applicants will pay a pro-rata membership in year one to 31st December.

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 to approved printmakers is available from 9.30am to 5pm, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, and 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 totalling 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 – see above – and should be made at the same time, stating clearly that this is an application for ‘Open Access’.

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 including a tour of the studio and Health and Safety practices.

 

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.

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

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.

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.

Applications for Extended Open Access are the same as for Membership – see above – and should be made at the same time, stating clearly that this is an application for ‘Extended Open Access’.

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 including a tour of the studio and Health and Safety practices.

 

Graphic Studio Gallery

Acceptance to Membership, Open Access, and Extended Weekend Access, does not automatically allow representation in Graphic Studio Gallery, this is subject to approval by the Gallery Director.

 

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. The application procedure is the same as for Membership – see above.

Similarly, a reduced rate of 60% of the full rate is offered to recent graduates accepted on Open Access or Extended Access.

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, materials and expert technical guidance.  They link the graduate’s 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. Graphic Studio Dublin provides facilities for intaglio, lithography, screen print, letterpress and relief print.

The selection process begins with graduate degree shows in May and June, where their work will be assessed along with a portfolio of related work which must be made available alongside their display. Selection is made by the Studio Director, and the Gallery Director along with a member of the Board of GSD and the Department Heads of third level colleges specialising in print. Participating colleges include TU DublinDun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology and the National College of Art & Design.

The awardees commence in September with an induction day in Graphic Studio Dublin including a tour of the studio and Health and Safety practices

See above 2020 application guidelines and email info@graphicstudiodublin.com for more information. 

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