Dundalk’s Bridge Street Studios celebrate their 25th Anniversary with “Silver” Exhibition taking place in a selection of shop facades in Dundalk town centre
Artists pivot in bid to showcase their work in challenging times.
Located in a 250-year-old grain store, Bridge Street Studios is a thriving hub of art, design and craft in Dundalk, Co. Louth. “Silver”, which takes place from Thursday 26th November to 23rd December, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the studio’s formation. The exhibition will feature founding members alongside the current studio ensemble. The studio today houses a dynamic line-up of eight artists and craftspeople, spanning ceramics, drawing, mixed media, painting and textiles.
The artists from Bridge Street Studios were due to host “Silver” as a gallery exhibition in Dundalk, but with current restrictions they have had to pivot and adapt to the current government guidelines. Working alongside An Táin Arts Centre CEO Paul Hayes and Dundalk Town Centre Commercial Manager Martin McElligott, the artists will be showcasing their work in the windows of vacant shops and premises in Dundalk, bringing some creative flair to the town centre. Over 45 pieces of artwork will be displayed in premises dotted around Dundalk Town Centre.
The Bridge Street Studio artists encourage the public to visit each venue to view the artworks through the shop windows, while adhering to social distancing guidelines. All artworks are for sale and can be purchased on the Bridge Street Studios website. QR codes will also be in place to direct those interested to online information about each of the artworks.
The “Silver” Exhibition is in collaboration with award-winning poet Barbara Smith who is based in Dundalk. Barbara has published two collections of her work, with her new book ‘Anne Askew on the Kafka Machine’ out soon. Bridge Street Studios have commissioned Barbara to compose a poem solely for this one-off exhibition. The artists have created and interpreted their artworks in response to this poem.
Founded by four ceramic artists in 1996, Bridge Street Studios is one of the oldest and largest independent artistic institutions in Ireland, outside of Dublin. The studio is comprised of eight artists – textile and fibre artist Caoilfionn Murphy O’Hanlon, mixed media textile artist Fiona Quigley, Lisa Sherry who works with Fine Art Textiles, Mary Cowan who specialises in ceramics and sculpture, artists Orla Barry and Orlaith Cullinane, mixed media textile artist Rachel Tinniswood and ceramicist Sarah McKenna. For the “Silver” exhibition the artists will be joined by founding members Joanne McKenna, Frances Lambe and Declan Honan.