Dimensions: 30cm x 30cm
Etching and screen print on BFK Rives
Edition of 10

Graphic Studio Gallery 4th June – 26th June 2010
Galway Arts Festival 9th July – 25th July 2010

2010 marks the 50th anniversary of Graphic Studio Dublin. To celebrate this golden anniversary studio members have contributed work based on the theme “Gold”. Artists exhibiting are: Yoko Akino, Meadhbh Arthurs, Jean Bardon, Eilbhe Brennan, Gerard Cox, Gráinne Cuffe, Caroline Donohue, Cliona Doyle, Louise Farrelly, Paul Fitters, Niamh Flanagan, Mary Grey, Nickie Hayden, Clare Henderson, Siobhan Hyde, Lillian Ingram, Desmond Kenny, Brian Lalor, Jennifer Lane, Sharon Lee, Maev Lenaghan, Louise Leonard, Pamela Leonard, Daniel Lipstein, Niamh Mac Gowan, Kelvin Mann, Niamh McGuinne, Margo McNulty, Susan Morley, Niall Naessens, Deirdre Nolan, Liam Ó Broin, Ruth O’Donnell, Geraldine O’Reilly, Caroline Patten, Marc Reilly, Robert Russell, Joe Ryan, Vincent Sheridan, Adrienne Symes, Elke Thonnes, Nicole Tilley, Michael Timmins, Margaret Tuffy, Ciaran Tuite, Katherine Van Uytrecht and Marta Wakula-Mac. Also featured are works by past chairpeople and founding members; Patrick Hickey, John Kelly, Leslie MacWeeney, Elizabeth Rivers, Anne Yeats and Mary Farl Powers.

Apart from a period in the 18th Century when Dublin became known as a centre for the manufacture of mezzotints, there has been little tradition of printmaking in Ireland. In 1960 Patrick Hickey, Leslie MacWeeney, Liam Miller, Elizabeth Rivers and Anne Yeats founded the Graphic Studio Dublin 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. It was opened in a small basement in Upper Mount Street. In 1983 the Studio workshop moved to a much larger premises in the Docklands at Green Street East. The studios moved once again in 2007 to a stunning converted granary building: Distillery House, North Circular Road, Dublin 1. The workshop has facilities for etching, lithography, and woodblock printmaking. Since the studio’s beginnings in 1960 the awareness of printmaking has grown in Ireland, as has its importance as an artistic media through studio and gallery initiatives such as education and travelling exhibitions. This exhibition is due to travel to the Galway Arts Festival in July of this year.