Who we are

Common Ground is an arts organisation working since 1999 with artists and communities. Our rich and imaginative programmes build ways to address local and global issues through the unifying and transformative power of the arts. Our work challenges how access to the arts should not depend on where you’re born, your wealth or identity.

In 2003 we opened studio 468, an artist studio based in St Andrews Community Centre, Rialto. It offers opportunities for artists and local groups to work collaboratively while supporting artists developing their socially engaged practice. In September 2019 we became the cultural tenants at The Lodge, Inchicore – the old caretakers house at Goldenbridge Cemetery. The Lodge houses our staff and artist(s) in residence and provides a meeting space for the artists and groups with work with. We have two members of staff.

Siobhan Geoghegan is the fulltime Director of Common Ground. She was employed in 1999 to set it up along with other local activists. Siobhán was born and reared in London. She moved to Ireland in 1980 and was educated at Limerick School of Art & Design, Crawford College of Art, UCD H. Dip Arts Admin. In 2011 she completed an MA in Art in the Contemporary World NCAD. Siobhán has been living in Rialto, Dublin 8 since 2000.

Ger Nolan is the part-time General Manager of Common Ground. Ger completed her degree in Visual Communications at NCAD in 1990 and has worked in teaching, film production, community development and arts administration before joining Common Ground in July 2002. Ger is living and raising her family in Inchicore since 2002.

Lodge at night


Our vision is of a society that values the vital role that arts and culture has in imagining, transforming, enriching and reflecting life in Ireland.


Our mission is to act and advocate for equal access to and participation in arts and culture in our communities.


    We believe in:

  • The right of everyone to access and participate in arts and culture

  • The fundamental role of the artist

  • The transformative power of the arts

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