102% Funded


Target: €5000


€5,100 Raised


29 Funders

Docklands Print Commission: Colin Martin

By Docklands Arts Fund


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:

  1. Develop Business to Arts Partnerships
  2. 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...



The wait is over... the THIRD Docklands Print Commission is here!

Dear Docklands Print Commission funders and supporters, After the support and success of last year's Docklands Print Commission with Colin Martin RHA, we wanted to make sure, as friends, you are some of the first to check out the third Docklands Print Commission by Kelvin Mann, with Stoney Road Press. This stunning etching is called 'Semi Detached High Rise' and from today you have the chance to gift it to yourself, friends or clients. There are only 140 editions, so this is your opportunity to own an exclusive print once again through the Docklands Print Commission. Please share this with friends who also love art and the docklands. Thanks once again for your continued support - we're very excited about continuing our journey to raise funds to create art and link audiences in the Docklands area!

The Final Days - help us get to that goal!

Dear 'soon to be united with 'Vinyl Factory' friends, Thanks for the great energy and momentum on this campaign to raise funds for artists through the Docklands Arts Fund, while uniting the stunning Colin Martin etching 'Vinyl Factory' with homes and businesses across the country. In true rock star fashion 'Vinyl Factory' is going on tour! This weekend it will be showcased in Draiocht Arts Centre's Art and Craft Fair (12pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday) so please tell any friends nearby to come and say hello. Just after this Fundit campaign our friends in Mason Hayes and Curran will feature the work at their annual Christmas Exhibition too. You can register to attend here: http://www.mhc.ie/latest/events/contemporary-art-at-christmas-2016 By then - of course - we will have reached that magic target. Six sleeps to go - you know what to do - tell others to join us on this art and music tour! Thanks again from all of us including Colin Martin RHA, Robert Russell and the Graphic Studio Dublin etching team, Aidan Foley and all at the Masterlabs Recording Studio, Morris Deegan and Alannah in the Frame Foundry, and all of you!

Over half way there - in both time and funds - thanks!

Hi Fundit pledgers to the Docklands Print Commission by Colin Martin RHA. It has been a very busy week - with Colin teaching life drawing, and sharing through facebook some of the paintings which inspired 'Vinyl Factory'. The 'Vinyl Factory' crew themselves, Masterlabs have been busy planning a European vinyl production collaboration/merger. We are delighted with the response to the print, and today collected the final group that had been drying up in Graphic Studio Dublin. Tomorrow, we are off to the framers - these beauties will be with you soon. So tell any art and music fans in their lives to get pledging - so we can reach our goal! Thanks again - we are delighted you are a part of this docklands vinyl art journey with us, and we'll keep you posted over the weeks ahead. There will be a little art celebration at the end - so make sure you tell your friends so they can join us too!

The prints are hot off the (etching) press today!

A huge thanks to all our supporters. Today was an exciting moment in our campaign, and we wanted to share that with you. All those months of planning and plotting between the artist Colin, and Graphic Studio Dublin as well as Masterlabs - what a team of grafters they all are! Now the etchings have been hand printed - three plates, one after the other, and their luscious Charbonnel inks dry - ready for Colin to sign the edition. This morning he signed them all, and later this week we make the trip to the framer Morris in Foundry Frames... Have a look at this great film of the Masterlabs studio - to whet your vinyl appetite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW0nNMQcxE4 It was made by Cashmere Media a few years back. We are very excited that at the end of the month we'll be calling to you with your 'Vinyl Factory' etching by Colin Martin RHA. Please share this campaign with friends who also love vinyl, art and docklands, and let's make sure this project help fuel many more in the months ahead!

funders (29)

There are 21 public funders of this project

There are 8 anonymous funders of this project