Masters by Research

Joining Ormond Art Studios by ellie berry

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This weekend I’m conducting some slightly awkward bus shuffles through Dublin city, carrying bulky bags of books and cutting boards. There can only be one reason - I’ve joined an artist studio!

Ormond Art Studios lives in a building with a grey-blue door on the quays in Dublin city centre, and it is where I’m going to be sharing a space with a wonderful group of artists for the foreseeable future. We each have our desks to fill with things, and white walls to flick ideas at. Have I ever been this excited to stare at a white wall? Possibly not.

I’ve spent the last three years on the move - part-time in the city, part-time walking around this small Irish island. Now I’m back in Dublin, about to launch into the second year of my masters. I have found for my creativity (and my sanity) I need to be able to bounce ideas off of other people, and be inspired by what they’re making. I also want to learn how artist-led spaces work and grow - and as artists’ presences become online, as more creatives promote and share their processes digitally, I believe that the importance of having a physical space and place to share and discuss work is vital.

Here’s my little about page on the Ormond Art Studio website, and here’s a link to the Ormond Art Studio Instagram. Below is a couple of shots of my empty space. I can’t wait to make things here.