What is the Docklands Arts Fund?
The pilot Docklands Arts Fund was launched in September 2015 on behalf of Business to Arts and Dublin City Council's Art & Docklands (formerly the DDDA) Divisions. The pilot scheme aims to:
- Develop Business to Arts Partnerships
- Raise funds for small grants - through an annual fine-art print commission
This is our second Docklands Print Commission - which raises much needed funds for other artists in Dublin's docklands.
We are thrilled Colin Martin RHA made this year's etching. We are equally delighted it features the inside of the Masterlabs vinyl cutting studio. Its a great historic link to culture in Dublin Docklands. The etching was made in Graphic Studio Dublin (whose home was once in Hanover Quay, but now is a gorgeous granary building in the north inner city).
Colin's art explores spaces, and our relationship to those spaces. He has been making a number of oil paintings of the interior of the Vinyl Studio for a while now. You can check out his work on www.colinmartinartist.com
We are a small team who are meeting businesses and residents in Dublin's vast docklands area - and trying to ensure that art & culture are part of everyone's planning for the area.
It is a huge area encompassing five villages:
Ringsend/Irishtown, Pearse Street, Grand Canal Dock, North Wall/Sheriff Street & East Wall... These places have so much history (maritime and otherwise), and this etching represents a few little strands of those histories coming together.
Last year Chris Judge made a Screenprint, 'A Shower of Dubs', with Damn Fine Print Studio. That piece of art and the 142 Fund it pledgers who supported it raised over €20,000 towards three fantastic art projects, working with communities across docklands until June 2017.
(to see those Small Grants recipients, go to www.businesstoarts.ie/artsfund).
Now we want to do more of that - with your help!
Savills Ireland has underwritten the commissioning artist and studio costs, so that ALL of the proceeds from the print go into the Small Grants Scheme.
This Fund it Campaign aims to raise 30% of a larger target of €15,000 which will be awarded to artists next year. Help us make this fund for artists - and get to own and love the gorgeous Colin Martin 'Vinyl Factory' etching in the process!
Through art, heritage and culture in docklands, we want to keep a focus on the importance of those in all our living and working lives, and in the spaces we occupy.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We hope you will join us on this journey to make art in the heART of docklands...