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Graphic Studio Dublin and Graphic Studio Gallery History

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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 Gallery (Graphic Studio Gallery) was established in 1988, to promote fine-art printmaking in Ireland and abroad, to educate the public about fine art printmaking, and to exhibit and sell fine art prints on behalf of our member artists. Its five founders were Patrick Hickey, Leslie MacWeeney, Liam Miller, Elizabeth Rivers and Anne Yeats.

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

Artist members have access to subsidised studio facilities, training, and an outlet through which to sell their work. 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.

Graphic Studio Dublin occupies its own two premises, Graphic Studio Gallery, Cope Street, Temple Bar, which showcases ten Irish and International fine art printmaking exhibitions annually. Since 2007 the studios are housed in a stunning converted granary building: Distillery House, North Circular Road, Dublin 1.

Distillery House
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.

Graphic Studio Gallery
Graphic Studio Gallery was opened in 1988 with great vision on behalf of the Directors to protect and ensure the long-term success of Graphic Studio Dublin. It showcases up to 11 national and international fine art print exhibitions, as well as hosting talks and print demonstrations. Graphic Studio Gallery also participates in art fairs both in Ireland and abroad. Graphic Studio Gallery represents all of the studios members, as well as 100 other fine art printmakers from Ireland and abroad.

International links
Graphic Studio Dublin collaborates 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). During 2010, international partners include Edinburgh Printmakers (Scotland), Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (France), and five Municipal Galleries in Poland.

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