Posts Tagged ‘Art for Art’s Sake’

Owners of vacant properties can register with Dublin City Council as a vacant space since the end of 2011 and make it available to creative individuals or groups who may need a home for one to six months. Posing as a match-maker, Dublin City Council proposes to put both parties in contact so they can work out the details of the rental through the Cultural Use of Vacant Spaces initiative.

Dublin City arts officer Ray Yeates launched the initiative shortly after his appointment in August 2011 and launched the registry that December to encourage both landlords and artists to make contact. He explained that historically, the council’s property unit has always tried to match people and the properties it owns.

“Dublin hasn’t had as much difficulty up to now with empty properties,” he said. “But we have increasing amount of empty spaces now. We would like to increase artistic activity and visibility, while offering a new social and commercial purpose to the owners of the buildings. That way, the arts continue to make the great contribution to the city that they do, it’s just another avenue.” (more…)

With the business and banking sectors buckling under the weight of the recession, it would be understandable for young artists in Ireland to feel daunted about their future.

But people like Jennette Donnelly, an artist and graduate of the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), are grabbing the future by the horns and are creating opportunities for themselves and their sector.

First, she set up the “Ormond Studios” on Ormond Quay in Dublin with a group of friends after her graduation in 2009 and acted as their chairperson, before leaving to launch her next venture: “Art for Art’s Sake”.

“Art for Art’s Sake” is an online space for emerging contemporary artists with links to Ireland.  The unique feature of the site is its virtual gallery, which will showcases all types of art, from painting to performance art. The site currently features art by artists Adam Gibney, Bláthnaid Ní Mhurchú, Louise Farrelly and Alan Corbett and the virtual gallery is hosting an exhibition by Meadhbh O’Connor. (more…)