New artist campus and workspace planned for Dublin

Dublin Port Company CEO, Eamonn O’Reilly, pictured with Arts Council Director, Maureen Kennelly (Photo: Maxwell Photography)

A new workspace for artists practicing in all areas of the arts in Dublin is the objective of a new partnership between the Arts Council and Dublin Port Company. The artists’ campus aims to provide artists’ studios, experimental performing and visual arts spaces, sound-proofed rehearsal rooms, workshops, co-working spaces, conference and meeting spaces across 5,000 square metres in the old Odlum’s Flour Mills premises at Dublin Port.

The Arts Council and Dublin Port Company have been working together since early this year to explore options for the Flour Mills site. Award-winning architects, Grafton Architects, have been engaged to undertake a Feasibility Study for the agreed site. Officials from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media have also visited the site recognising its potential to be a transformational development for artists.

Artists across Ireland struggle to find suitable workspace but research finds this problem to be most pronounced in Dublin. Research on the provision of artists’ workspaces and infrastructure undertaken by Dublin City Council in 2020 showed that workshop space is scarce for the 2,500 professional artists working in the city. Artists have worked collaboratively and creatively to address this challenge through ‘artist’ collectives’ but frequently find their efforts hampered by short-term and insecure tenancy agreements.

The Arts Council and Dublin Port Company look forward to sharing more details as this exciting project progresses and welcome the official start of a fruitful partnership. The Flour Mill Artists’ Campus has the potential to establish a significant secure and sustainable workspace dedicated to artists within Dublin city. . The Arts Council continues to engage closely with Department on the realisation of this remarkable opportunity.

Arts Council Chair, Professor Kevin Rafter, noted: “There are huge opportunities in Dublin and other areas around the country to develop new workspaces for artists to address a growing problem. This is the start of significant relationship to provide workspaces for artists in the old Flour Mill site in the port and will hopefully provide a model for other organisations to follow.”

 

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