Artists in studio 468: 2012 to 2016

From 2012 to 2016 studio 468 has hosted the following residencies:


Laragh Pittman

Laragh is the first residency under the CITIZEN ARTIST award. The Invisible Museum – Laragh’s proposal is a flexible, migratory and virtual space. It will be designed to act as a repository to capture the complexity of experience of new people from different cultural backgrounds settling in Dublin city. It will visualise the often transient and unacknowledged contribution they make to the fabric of Irish life. The Invisible Museum is inspired by the Silent University: initiated by Turkish artist Ahmet Ögüt in 2012; an autonomous knowledge exchange platform by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
During her residency Laragh will continue to work with Muslim women from the SCRd Mosque, with the support of Common Ground and Rialto Community Network. A shared ambition of this artistic process is to reflect on the diverse assumptions and impressions of life in the West and East.

Fiona Whelan, Rialto Youth Project & Brokentalkers

Following their initial residency period in studio 468 during 2015, socially engaged artist Fiona Whelan, Rialto Youth Project and Brokentalkers Theatre Company were in residence from February to May 2016 in studio 468.
This residency facilitated the successful collaborative performance Natural History of Hope in Project Arts Dublin in May 2016. Based on hundreds of testimonies of women, gathered in the Rialto area of Dublin’s inner city, it was performed by an intergenerational cast of women living and working there.
The genesis of Natural History of Hope lies in an intergenerational art project (2012 – 2016) from artist Fiona Whelan and Rialto Youth Project which has brought together a diverse group of women to explore contemporary equality issues over many years.


Emma Haugh & RGKSKSRG – curators Kate Strain & Rachel Gilbourne

Emma Haugh’s artistic practice negotiates the territory of queer culture, the urban environment and feminist critique, channelled through a subtle aesthetic and generative, participatory research approach.

RGKSKSRG are the paired curatorial practice of Rachael Gilbourne and Kate Strain. Core activities include the commissioning, presenting and contextualizing of contemporary art. Through their curatorial practice they embrace conflicting ideologies, heighten agency, and cultivate a combined identity. Their most recent curatorial projects have been at Cow House Studios Residency Programme, Wexford and Love Story the Library Project, Dublin.

Two major public events will be informed by Emma Haugh and RGKSKSRG residency in studio 468.  These are NCAD gallery – expanded exhibition by Emma Haugh with a series of curated texts and talks in November 2015 and THIS IS PUBLIC & SEXY – February 2016 St Andrew’s Community Centre Rialto.

THIS IS PUBLIC & SEXY is a live performance, featuring a collection of artworks and choreographers. This major residency event will curate and host the following Irish and International artists: Stéphane Béna Hanly (IE), Tomaso De Luca (IT), Emma Haugh (DE/IE), Christopher Mahon (IE), Dennis McNulty (IE), James Moran (IE), and Choreographers: Sibyl Montague (IE), Jim Ricks (US/IE), Dan Walwin (UK), Angela Fulcher (UK/IE), Emily Mast (US)


Fiona Whelan and Rialto Youth Project: The Natural History of Hope

The Natural History of Hope is a joint four-year intergenerational art project by artist Fiona Whelan & Rialto Youth Project exploring contemporary equality issues for females of all ages in a working class urban context. Their residency in studio 468 saw the development of a temporary community based school ‘New School for Girls’ for 16 women aged 16-45. The ‘school’ is based on the three values of power, solidarity and personal truth. While self-directing their own schooling, they intend to to unite across difference, examine and grow power. They also engaged a range of external expertise from the fields of gender and equality studies and feminist thinkers. Towards the end of their residency the group developed an idea to show their work through a public performance in 2016.


Laragh Pitman

Laragh Pitman is a multi-media visual artist. Her art practice these last few years has taken the form of a participatory art project ‘Travels Into Several Remote Corners Of Dublin’ (2011-13) which involved her collaboration with Irish and migrant women in Dublin 8. The women with many different cultural, economic and educational experiences come from Dublin, rural Ireland, The Lebanon, Syria/Palestine, Colombia, France, Uganda, Sri Lanka, India, China and Korea. The discoveries from her  expeditions were showcased in the ‘Museum Of The Re-Found’ (June 2013) funded through the Arts Council’s ‘Artist in the Community Scheme’.

In studio 468 Laragh continued to work with this group and introduced Irish women from Rialto into the group’s process and its ‘City Explorers’ Club’ form. On Culture Night Laragh Pitman hosted ‘The Culture Wall’ a response by 25 women from migrant and Irish women.


Vanessa Daws and Eilis Murphy

From January 2014 to April 2014, visual artists Vanessa Daws and Eilis Murphy came back to studio 468 for the second phase of their shared RESEARCH award residency. Vanessa was awarded a RHA studio award in early 2014.



Theodora Kotsi

Theodora is a Greek/Dutch based visual artist based in Eindhoven Holland. Her studio 468 residency explored how Ireland has responded to the current Europe wide economic crisis through Art and Activism. She hosted and event, Crisis – We Decide, to discuss the impact of the European crisis on art and activism in Ireland. She presented her own animated films and invited artists, researchers, activists, sociologists and others to contribute to the discussion.


EYE Public

EYE Public, is collaboration between artist Aileen Balfe, youth worker Gillian O Connor (Rialto Youth Project) & 5 young people.  EYE public seek to capture the critical voice of young people as a part of the re-design of public space in Dolphin House flats complex Rialto.  They propose that during their residency they will cultivate new ideas through:

  • research
  • the production of work & inviting a public response to that work
  • future impacts of their ideas and response to public space

They are currently exploring ideas such as pop-up events, public blackboards, text installations, and/or street furniture and gathering spaces.

On Culture Night EYE public opened up their residency and invited the public to respond to their installation.  They continued to host research events as a part of their residency period.


Vanessa Daws 

Vanessa Daws is a visual artist and during August 2013 developed her research weekly via open water swim films in the Grand Canal and Liffey, all of which are from a swimmer’s perspective.  Her practice combines the physical act of swimming, capturing her swims with a gopra camera and bringing performance into her art practice with a community of interest.


Eilis Murphy

Eilis Murphy is a visual artist who split her RESEARCH award residency between researching the School’s Folklore Scheme in UCD and gathering local games of interest, focusing in particular on street games.  Eilis intends to continue this practice and to re-imagine the local streets as a playground.  She intends to re- map snippets of games and memories onto the public space. These may take the form of chalk maps, re-enactments, street drawings, video etc.

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Orla Whelan & The Drawing Project

Orla Whelan is an Irish artist. She creates enigmatic, subtle paintings that thoughtfully present animals and humans in abstract liminal spaces. Her practice functions as a means to investigate subjectivity and perception. Her work is influenced by literature, history and personal experience and forms a quiet meditation on mortality.

Orla holds an MA in Visual Arts Practices from IADT, Dublin (2007), MA European Fine Art from Winchester School of Art, Barcelona (2001) and BA Fine Art from National College of Art & Design, Dublin (1997).

The Drawing Project is an initiative of Fatima Homework Club (a programme of Rialto Youth Project).  Since its formation visual artist Orla Whelan has been leading the development of this group along with 2 youth workers from Fatima and Dolphin Homework Clubs building an ambitious programme to meet the specific needs of the young people aged 13-16 years.

The Drawing Group works off site each summer.  Their residency in studio 468 offered a new opportunity for the group to develop their skills, practice and confidence in art making and public presentation.  At the end of their residency they presented their exhibition The Crazy Colour Chromatic City in studio 468.


The ProducersSeoidin O’ Sullivan, Vaari Claffey, and Jeanette Doyle.

The Producers took up residence in studio 468 for June and devised an exciting and challenging week-long programme from 25-29 June.

The Producers are a collaboration between Vaari Claffey, a Dublin-based curator whose annual screening, sculpture and performance event, Gracelands, have been highly acclaimed; Seoidín O’Sullivan, a veteran of studio 468 and a driving force behind the establishment of the South Circular Road Community Garden; and Jeanette Doyle of ‘The Food Thing’, an artistic initiative that is engaged in an open-ended exploration of the cultural politics and economies of food and who has devised a menu specifically reflecting the local context and grown in the garden itself. During their six-week residency, they interacted with the myriad of people, groups and activities that use and are located in and around St Andrew’s Community Centre. Ideas were shared on art curating, but also on foraging and growing food.

They describe the centerpiece of their project as ‘an informal performative banquet of screenings/artworks and cold dishes’  and it took place on the evening of Saturday June 29. It featured installations by Seoidin O’Sullivan and a screening of Asparagus Ballet by UK artists Pil and Galia Collective. ‘Food sculptures’ created by Jeanette Doyle – with produce from the South Circular Community Garden and foraging localling – were also presented. In the Community Garden, a series of artworks by Garrett Phelan, Lucy Andrews, Oisin Byrne and Marie Farringon were exhibited, along with screening of art films and more locally-sourced food art.

Other events included a walk and talk tour with historian Michael Keogh looking at the history of Dolphins Barn wartime allotments; a Seed and Plant Swop in Studio 468 led by Kaethe Burt O’Dea and a plant walk with Pears of Ruuts and Shuuts vegan cooking collective, identifying edible and medicinal plants growing wild in and around Dolphin’s Barn and Rialto.


2012 – 2013

Kathryn Maguire

Kathryn Maguire lives and works in Dublin. She has a Bachelor in Fine Art Sculpture from Cork College of Art & Design, a Diploma in Arts Participation & Global Development from the Cork Institute of Technology and a Master of Art in the Contemporary World from NCAD, Dublin. She has participated in several group exhibitions, most recently in Infinite City project in Hack the City; Science Gallery, 2012, O Diamond Diamond, Units 3 & 4 Joyce Street, D.C.C. in 2012 and Dublin Contemporary,Dublin, 2011. Kathryn Maguire’s practice is informed and challenged by philosophical writers and thinkers. She uses text, sculpture, video, and installation work in which she has explored various forms of Wandering. Maguire’s work has also included a wide variety of Community Arts & Participatory projects. She recently worked with PHD student Corelia Baibarac and team on Infinite City project for Interactivos12 Dublin, which is part of Hack the City an exhibition in Science Gallery, Dublin. She is presently exploring another workshop with Hack the City in Interstitial Intersections proposing a derelict site in the Rialto area which will be conceptually re purposed, based on its previous use and history. This will inform her stay at 468 as she is also currently researching the histories of Immigration, Brick Fields and Market Gardening within the 468 environs and, and how she can re purpose and possibly align that in her residency time.



Grace Dyas

Grace Dyas is one third of THEATREclub. Grace is a writer, a director and sometimes she produces things or makes new things happen. Grace is interested in making work about the city and our souls. She chooses to make theatre because it offers the opportunity for live discussion between artists and audiences. She is motivated by the idea that theatre can start conversations that start ripples toward social change. In her residency at studio 468 , she worked with Rialto Community Drug Team to develop a theatre workshop program for people in addiction. She also worked with The Family Resource Centre, Dublin City Council and Common Ground in St Michael’s Estate Inchicore to develop a new show called HISTORY with THEATREclub which was staged in Project Arts Centre in December 2013. Previously she devised and directed THE FAMILY at Project Arts Centre in January 2012. Grace has completed the Abbey Theatre’s New Playwrights programme and has been shortlisted for the Stewart Parker Trust Award.


2011 – 2012

Jonathan Myers

Jonathan Myers has been involved with Rialto Youth Project since he was eight years old engaging in a continuous series of art processes over 13 years. He first participated in the Mapping Project, a joint visual arts programme between The Irish Museum of Modern Art, three community youth projects and Common Ground. He was then in a local visual art group in Rialto who explored their relationship to their local area manifesting in sculptures and murals including a public mural in Philadelphia. He then became a core member of What’s the Story? Collective, an interdisciplinary group of youth workers, young people and an artist. Following this durational engagement with group processes, Jonathan had a residency in studio 468 where he led his own creative exploration into labels that are used to identify people from marginalised communities. Jonathan’s primary interests are in current affairs, societal issues, blog writing, creative writing and socially engaged arts. He also has his own blog:

Jamie Hendrick

Jamie Hendrick has been involved in Rialto Youth Project since he was eight years old and has engaged in visual arts groups ever since, including thr Mapping Project, Dolphin Art Group and most recently What’s the Story? Collective. He has engaged in many public talks and written articles about the significance of art in his life. In 2008 he started volunteering with Rialto Youth Project and is also involved in the Hemispheres Project (European Youth Action training). In 2011, Jamie took up a residency in studio 468. In November 2011, Jamie relocated to Australia.