It differs from a traditional artist’s studios in that it supports artists and communities of place or interest an opportunity to work together within a community and/or socially engaged context.
As Dublin city undergoes constant change and redevelopment, studio 468 responds to this through its awards. It has become an important and valued cultural and community resource in Rialto and the wider city.
studio 468 opens up a range of possibilities for artists and the immediate community to respond to the issues that affect their daily lives. It has and continues to host a wide range of artistic practices and arts forms including collaborative and socially engaged art, visual art, performance, events, and dance.
studio 468 is a co-partnership between Common Ground and Rialto Development Association. In 2011, the studio was relocated to the front of St. Andrew’s Community Centre with separate 24 hour and disability access, its own kitchen and bathroom. It is bright and spacious which allows a range of events to take place.
Common Ground manages the annual maintenance, programming and award system for studio 468. These are planned in two year cycles between 6 months to 2 years. The awards support the artist and group of place or interest to investigate and respond to life in the area as they understand or experience it and make collaborative art work.
The current studio team are Siobhán Geoghegan and Ray Hegarty. Both live in Rialto. A selection panel of external advisors are invited in to the review process. Over the years this has included: Sheena Barrett, Curator, Lab Gallery, Dublin City Council; Helen O’Donoghue, Head of Engagement & Learning, Irish Museum of Modern Art; Logan Sisley, Curator, Hugh Lane Gallery; Chris Maguire, local resident and artist; Eilish Comerford, Community Development worker and local resident; Eileen Leahy, Researcher; Fionnuala Rogerson, Architect; Dr. Glenn Loughran, artist and lecturer TUD.