A4’s Art 4 Refugees! Get Involved!


From the 5th to the 8th of November A4 and Paper Panther are hosting an art exhibition and auction in aid of the current refugee crisis – with proceeds being split between Global Giving‘s refugee relief fund and to aid the Civic Centre in the Calais Jungle. We’ve created an event page here where you can keep track of things!

The show opens on Thursday the 5th of November at 19:00, and features a raffle, with a host of prizes up for grabs. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase on-line before the event, as well as on the night itself. The exhibition is open to the public for the following two days from 10:00-20:00, with the auction itself occurring on Sunday the 8th of November from 13:00-17:00.

In the coming weeks we will be photographing the artwork, putting together an online catalogue and building and prepping our venue space for the exhibition.
Our participating artists come from all backgrounds, including but not limited to: illustration, animation, photography & sculpture – and there’s still room for more!

For anyone who know might be interested in submitting artwork the main guideline is that the piece is ready to display, i.e. has a frame/presentation box, otherwise we are open to all mediums and approaches. The pieces may be pre-existing, though originals are preferred where possible (submissions due by the 26th of October). We shall be offering up T-shirts, prints and other consumables as raffle prizes too!

If you are interested in contributing to the show, volunteering or donating raffle prizes you can fill out this handy form below:

Art Documentation Workshop For Beginners with Kate-Bowe O’Brien


Date: Wed Oct 28th 2015
Time: 2-4pm
Location: A4 Sounds Studios, St Joseph’s Parade, D1

This workshop is aimed at artists who wish to learn how to document their art work with their own DSLR camera. The workshop will focus on how to photograph 2d and 3d work; how to use the cameras manual settings; and how to make the most of available light sources.

The class will have 5 participants to ensure each person has enough 1to1 time to learn about their camera and get the most of of the class.

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Kate-Bowe O’Brien
Kate is a photographer and video artist based in Dublin. As a commercial photographer Kate specializes in art documentation, product and architectural photography. Kate has previously worked as a photography technician in Crawford College of Art, Cork, and Ballyfermot College of Further Education. She now manages the photography darkroom at A4 Sounds Studios.
Items to Bring Along:
A basic DSLR camera
Tripod (if possible)
Small piece of art (if possible)

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Members of our studio have access to all our training courses at a MASSIVELY reduced price, sometimes even free. If you would like to become a member or would like some more information click here :D

Summer’s end BBQ and Chinstroke Records Tropical Yard Party Preview


To celebrate the end of summer, and bid farewell to all the, eh, rain and clouds and thunderstorms that it brought, we’re once again throwing open the gates of A4 Sounds studios for a tropical barbeque and stompin’ yard party. And you’re invited!

Not content with the prospect of providing everyone the tastiest tropical barbequed foodstuffs and finest thirst-quenching punch, we’ve also lined up a programme of entertainment to keep everyone thoroughly and suitably entertained. We’re delighted to team up with Chinstroke Records, purveyors of pop parody, originators of novelty music genres and all-round sensational combination of rave party antics, internet meme overload and pure comedy gold. Or, as a tongue-in-cheek mission statement on one of their web spots would have it, “forging new connections between the nodal points of sound, art and thought” – a spot-on parody of chinstrokey record label pretension.

Topping the bill for our real-life showcase of internet famous DJs is none other than croissant affecionado and musical pioneer DJ Detweiler, the creator and executor of “flutedrop”, an unholy amalgam of remix culture and recorder solos, and year-long internet sensation, followed enthusiastically by legions of fans and marveled upon by commentators, celebrities and hip media outlets alike (check out this breathless feature from Thump last year!)

DJ Detweiler’s also been at the coalface of recent scuffles over at soundcloud between the zealous capitalist tendencies of Soundcloud, Inc and the major labels, and the more  plunderphonically inclined remixers and mash-up-makers who constitute a goodly portion of its use base over copyright vioaltion and take-downs.

The line-up also includes a special live “power tool ballads” set from DJ Dadmagnet, in which – you’ve guessed it – the familiar strains of famous power ballads are cunningly combined with the gnarly noises of popular power tools! Chinstroke’s mighty Queerhawk and Tek Fritz & Edwin Triumph will also be playing, along with A4 Sounds DJs, so expect a non-stop selection of banging tunes and zany hilarity, for our all-day BYOB yard party spectacular!

There’ll also be a chance to belt out some rave anthems in the form of Chinstrokin’ Karaoke – as well as cozy hammocks to hang out in (because every tropical barbeque needs hammocks). Tickets are available from our online shop here – and as our yard has extremely limited capacity, these tickets will be in similarly limited supply – book as soon as possible to avoid ridicule on the internet and life-crushing disappointment in real life!

And we know that some of you just like to keep going stronger and longer and wronger than everyone else, so for anyone who’s always the life and soul of the party, and beyond, we’ve organised an additional bonus aftersparty, for only an additional fiver, in a lovely BYOB latenight music venue just around the corner. You’ll be sad if you miss it – and tickets are available at the this handy link – once again, capacity is limited, so get in there super quick!

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A4 are also donating some of the money raised through our shop for tickets, classes and merch to The UN Refugee Agency.


A4 Studio Memberships — Only 10 Remaining!!

A4 Sounds

A4 Sounds is a interdisciplinary studio space and will suit cultural workers of all sorts that enjoy working in a shared environment. Our members include fine artists, designers, animators, writers, performers, makers, woodworkers, programmers and electronic engineers. If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional artist studio get in touch via our membership contact form!

Our memberships are 50e per month and we have 10 remaining. Members can add a personal locker for an additional 10e per month.

Membership includes:

– 24/7 access
– WiFi and bills
– Kitchen facilities
– Outdoor area
Member discounts within A4 and local businesses

– Access to meeting & workshop room
– Scanning & Printing
– Access to shared workspaces
– Access to shared equipment & materials

– Darkroom (Colour / Black & White)
– Screen-printing
– Electronics Area
– Workshop & Tools
– Access to Event Space for rehearsals & testing ideas

– Free Darkroom Training
– Free Screen-printing Training
– Free or Reduced fees on workshops

Get your orders in this week and receive free gifts!


This month in our shop we have a limited edition print and t-shirt by Matt Hedigan “Love is Blind, Lolz”.

Each month we will be selecting one of our amazing artists and releasing their artwork on various limited edition products. There will only ever be 25 of each of these so they’ll move quite fast!

When purchasing one of these items be safe in the knowledge that we will pay our artists for their artworks and all profits will go directly back into improving our facilities for our members. So after costs all monies go directly back into supporting the arts!!

This week we are also running an offer, any orders made will receive a free gift. The more you order the more gifts you will receive!!!


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we also have a sale on our older products to make way for the new!!

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Tis a no brainer…..

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A4 Sounds presents: Bitch Falcon, Cal Folger Day and Rivers & Crows

Gig Poster - Bitch Falcon, Cal Folger Day and Rivers & Crows

A4 Sounds are super excited and extra delighted to present the first of our quarterly fundraiser gigs for 2015, once more returning to the cosy confines of the inimitable Bleecker Street Cafe Bar on Saturday 28th February.

The lineup includes A4 Sounds’ studio member and all-round hyper-talented Cal Folger Day, whose second release, Adornament, is just out on Reeks of Effort records, as well as the rising stars of Dublin’s live scene, the inimitably named grunge / rock / noise outfit Bitch Falcon. Joining them for a special Dublin show are Rivers and Crows, an awesome alternative folk collective hailing from the wild west of Galway. This promises to be an unforgettable night, with an eclectic mix of music and shovel-loads of craic.

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Spring Offer: 6 Months Membership for €250 …limited number available!!


We are fast approaching the first anniversary of getting the keys to our new studio headquarters,  AND our 6th birthday as an organisation. To celebrate this, we are running a special offer for the month of February; 6 months membership for the price of 5! That’s right, if you join us during February this year, by signing up for 6 month’s basic membership, you’ll get one of these month’s membership absolutely free!

The number of memberships available is limited, so if you are interested in please get in touch as soon as possible via our membership contact form.

Membership will give you 24/7 access to our shared workspaces, workshop, project & meeting room, electronics area, photographic darkroom, screen-printing, workshop, printers, scanners, shared tools and equipment. And coming soon in 2015, we’ll have our sound room/recording studio, and gallery & event space coming online. Additional benefits for members, including discounts with local businesses, can be found here.

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Introducing Gareth Lyons

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Gareth is a filmmaker, animatior, illustrator and writer. He and his collaborators make up My Aunt Sally Productions and have produced shorts including Poptarts and Combat Action Team.

Delighted to have him in the studio…we may have a few things up our sleeves involving Gareth soon!!

Check out his profile and links to other work here.


Introducing Jason Kearney

As well as being the perfect height Jason is an incredible artist! Primarily he is known for his sociopolitical collages but he also turns his hand to design be it graphic, furniture or sets for TV or audio visual installations.

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Check out his profile here.