New Studios

Fire Station Artists’ Studios opened 2 new residential studios and Project Space 

Officially launched by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins on 26 June 2014

Fire Station Artists’ Studios opened two new residential studios in June in a major expansion to the organisation which sees the number of combined living and working studios it offers to artists increase from eight to ten.

On Thursday 26 June President Michael D. Higgins officially opened the two new studios, which will each offer an artist nearly three years of subsidised and secure living and working accommodation. Fire Station continues its commitment to supporting the lives and careers of artists by expanding their premises to the building next door at number 12 Buckingham Street. The development brings two new residential studios and a flexible project space to Fire Station's existing facilities and resources.

Increasing the number of residential studios for artists has been a long-term goal of Fire Station. Speaking about the expansion, Fire Station director Clodagh Kenny said: “We are delighted to be opening two additional residential studios in the building next door to Fire Station. Supporting the lives and careers of artists is what we do, so increasing this capacity is of great value for Irish visual artists and it marks a major achievement for Fire Station. For the past 21 years the demand for residential studios has increased year on year. At a time when cut-backs within the arts are, unfortunately, widespread, we are proud of this significant development and the opportunity to increase our capacity to support visual artists in Ireland.”

Click here to read a transcript of President Higgins' speech.