Announcing We Only Want the Earth 2020

Announcing We Only Want the Earth 2020

We are absolutely delighted to announce our 2020 artistic programme ‘We Only Want the Earth’ in partnership with Create, Firestation Artists’ Studios, Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland (MASI), Migrant and Ethic-Minorities for Reproductive Justice (MERJ), and Dublin Central Housing Action (DCHA).

We are living through a time of sudden and unpredictable societal change caused by interlinked issues of global warming, the collapse of the neoliberal order, a resurgence of violent misogyny and nationalism, growing inequality, housing and homelessness crises, and the growth of ecofascism. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that we have until 2030 to overhaul society in order to mitigate some of the worst effects of climate change. Whether or not we heed this warning, broad social changes will accelerate over the coming decade. If these changes are to lead to a just society, it is essential that voices that are often ignored, or whose very existence is treated as debatable, are instead prioritised. The arts play a fundamental role in supporting or challenging cultural hegemony, and therefore have a moral obligation to attend to voices that have been silenced.

During 2020 we will facilitate a programme of socially-engaged arts activities under the theme We Only Want the Earth. The programme is intended as a broad conversation about the goals and strategies of social change: what kind of society do we want and how should we get there?

To find out more please visit We Only Want the Earth information page here!

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We Only Want the Earth is kindly supported by The Arts Council’s Art Grant Funding 2020.

Does this sound like something you would love to support?

By donating to our programme you will enable us to facilitate more engaging art experiences for the communities we are working with and help us develop our programme for many years to come.
Donate here!


Alt-Delete is a series of workshops and talks designed to enable the curious and creative with the means to expose hidden networks in our digital world.

Taking the Exposing the Invisible Kit developed by Tactical Tech as a starting point, this series of exploratory workshops hopes to galvanize participants into probing the corporate, techno-political infrastructures around them and encourage reflection on our relationship with the same.

Using practical skills and techniques alongside various creative approaches that draw from areas including adversarial design, media archaeology and hacktivism, participants will be encouraged, and supported, to initiate and develop their own investigations.

Over the next few months, Alt-Delete will be running these workshops with the intention of hosting a public event in Spring 2020 which will show the outcomes of participants research and practice.

All disciplines and technical levels are welcome – from visual art to essays and from zero tech experience to too much experience.

Tuesday 7pm – 9pm
27th Aug & 3rd Sept
(further workshops dates will be confirmed with participants)  

To cover the cost of venue hire for the duration of the workshop series.

To bring along:
Participants will also need their own laptops, enthusiasm and commitment.

To Apply:
As places are limited we ask you to send a brief email with some details about your background, and why you are interested in participating to

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 7

Further information:

Who We Are:

Paul O’ Neill is a media artist and researcher based in Dublin, Ireland. His practice and interests relate to tactical media, media archaeology and remix culture. This discourse is reflected in his academic background; he holds a BA in International Relations, an MSc in Multimedia and an MA in Art in the Digital World.

Paul is currently completeing a PhD which focuses on digital artistic practices that critically react to the current era of surveillance capitalism.

Robert Collins is an artist and creative technician based in Dublin and international locations. His work explores the inherent noise and saturation of information in contemporary society, through speculative objects and software. He holds an MSc in Interactive Media, where he explored the creation of spaces for adversarial discussion and common ground.

He has also facilitated artworks in a variety of media for new media and bio-artists, including Carsten Höller and Oron Catts, and produces artscience exhibitions across the world on behalf of Science Gallery International.

1 Personal Workspace Available at A4 Sounds

1 Personal Workspace Available at A4 Sounds

We have one personal workspace available at our studios. Total cost of membership is €175 per month. Applications are open until Thurs 8th Aug.

At this time we are seeking applications from fine artists only.

As a socially engaged organisation we have also have a keen interest in applications from artists working in the following disciplines: Social Practice, Social Justice, Social Intervention, Socially Engaged, Dialogical, Participatory, Critical Thinking & Research, Activist, Political, Relational, Community, Collaborative Art or New Genre Public Art.

The successful applicant will be chosen based on their portfolio and artist activities including participation in exhibitions and recent projects.

We also have a small number of regular studio membership available from €75 per month. For more information about our studio, facilties and resources please read this post: Memberships Available at A4 Sounds!

To apply please fill out our application form here!

Memberships Available at A4 Sounds Artist Studios

The Blue Room, with Print Area, Electronics Area, Paint and Shared Studio Area.

Memberships Available at A4 Sounds!

A4 Sounds is a interdisciplinary studio space and will suit artists of all sorts that enjoy working in a shared environment and need access to a wide range of facilities over the duration of their projects. Our member artists work in a wide range of disciplines including, paint, print, textiles, activism, socially engaged art, film, documentary, animation, illustration, sculpture, woodwrk, metal work, performance, new media and more. If you are looking for more than just a desk in a room get in touch here!

The A4 Workshop with shared materials, tools & equipment for members.
Photo: Kate-Bowe O’Brien.

Apply for membership!

We are currently looking for fine artists working in a range of disciplines including (but not limited to) sculpture, print, photography and textiles.

As a socially engaged organisation we have also have a keen interest in applications from artists working in the following disciplines: Social Practice, Social Justice, Social Intervention, Socially Engaged, Dialogical, Participatory, Critical Thinking & Research, Activist, Political, Relational, Community, Collaborative Art or New Genre Public Art.

To apply please fill out our application form here!

Shared Studio 2. Photo: Kate-Bowe O’Brien

Our Waiting Lists:

To keep a balance of activity at the studio, we pause applications from certain disciplines when there is a high number of artists working in these areas. When spaces free up we will get in contact with those on our waiting list first.

If you work in one of these areas, please feel free to fill in our application form and we can add you to the list.

Disciplines paused: Animation, Filmmaking

The A4 Library Room & The Forgotten Zine Archive. Photo: Kate-Bowe O’Brien.
The A4 Yard, with Bike Storage, Mezzaine and Members Garden.
For eating: The Soup Box, The Pie Box, The Cocktail Wall!!

What you get!

Our memberships are modular starting at €75 per month, with the option of adding a storage locker (€10-€60 pm) or a personal workspace (€100-€130 pm).

Regular Membership includes:

– 24/7 access
– WiFi and bills
– Kitchen facilities
– Outdoor garden with mezzaine & bike storage
– Member discounts for workshops, courses, events, gallery hire and more
– Profile page on our website

– Access to meeting & workshop room
– Free Scanning & Printing
– Access to shared studio spaces (4 shared studios)
– Access to all facilities
– Access to shared equipment & materials

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The A4 Darkroom. Photo: Kate-Bowe O’Brien.


– Darkroom (Colour / Black & White)
– Print & Screen-printing (Lino/Block Printing Table, Printing Press, 4 Colour Carousel)
– Electronics Area
– Workshop & Tools
– Textiles
– Audio-Visual Equipment
– Reduced rental fees to our Event Space for rehearsals & exhibitions
– Option to rent a personal workspace short term for the creation of larger works or exhibition preparation*

Textiles & Project Room, Shared Studio 3. Photo: Kate-Bowe O’Brien.
A4 Artist Talk, Kate McElroy, 2017. Photo: Eimhin McNamara.

Professional Development & Training

– Free Darkroom Training
– Free Screen-printing Training
– Free Workshop Training
Free or Reduced fees on public workshops & courses
Regular Artist Talks and group discussion
– Regular exhibitions and events
– Collaboration opportunities with a wide range of artists
– Opportunities to host own workshops and discussion groups or to join those hosted by our members
– Ongoing support from the A4 Team
– Online studio group to share ideas, ask for help and stay in touch with our members.

Studio 1, Private Workspaces. Photo: Kate-Bowe O’Brien.
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Studio 2, Private Workspaces. Photo: Kate-Bowe O’Brien.
Large Lockers (€20-€30pm). Photo: Kate-Bowe O’Brien.

Additional Costs
– Locker rental, various sizes €10 – €60 per month
– Personal Workspace €100 – €130
– 40% discount on gallery & event space hire

Exhibition, Dr. Nadia Kelbova by Justyna Kielbowicz, 2017. Photo: Kate-Bowe O’Brien.

More information here!

Applications can be made here!

How to find us!


Meet Your Candidates: a local elections hustings event.

With the 2019 Local Elections just a couple of weeks away, we invite you to meet with candidates, ask them any questions you may have about their campaigns and policies, and have a chance to discuss issues that you feel are important in the area.

The team from Dublin Inquirer will be there to present a brief overview of their recent Citizen’s Agenda initiative.

A4 Sounds studios lies just on the cusp of the Cabra-Glasnevin local electoral area, nearly bordering with the North Inner City ward. We’ve invited candidates from both electoral areas to participate.

Each candidate will briefly present their vision, followed by a Q&A, and there’ll also be opportunity before and after for attendees to meet and mingle with candidates face-to-face, and bring up any issues they’d like to see addressed in person.

The list of candidates confirmed so far is as follows:

We’ll update this list as and when we receive any further confirmation. Many thanks to the candidates for taking the time to take part.

Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments will be served.

Doors 7:30pm

Free admission


C A H O O T S : A 4 \ w / S A M P L E

C A H O O T S : A 4 \ w / S A M P L E

20th – 27th Mar 2019 | A4 Sounds at Sample-Studios


C A H O O T S : A 4 \ w / S A M P L E is the second in a series of collaborations between A4 Sounds and Artists Studios here in Ireland and further afield.

C A H O O T S : A 4 \ w / S A M P L E features work by 14 of A4 Sounds’ member artists.

The Artists
Aoife Balfe
Evelyn Broderick
Claudine Chen
Siobhan Clancy
James Delaney
Sarah Devereux
Roisin McGannon
Jess McKinney
Kate Bowe O’Brien
Lucy Peters
Frank Prendergast
Caoimhe Reynolds
Megan Scott
Yohann Walter

Exhibtion Opening
Wednesday 20th March 2019
7pm – 9pm
Drinks Reception

General Opening Hours
Thurs – Wed : 12pm – 4:30pm

The Crypt at St. Luke’s,
O’Mahony’s Avenue Entrance,
St. Luke’s Cross,
Cork City
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Full information on each of our participating artists and their work can be found here!

Opening Night | C A H O O T S : S A M P L E \ w / A 4

Opening Night | C A H O O T S : S A M P L E \ w / A 4

31st Jan – 10th | Sample-Studios at the A4 Gallery

C A H O O T S : S A M P L E \ w / A 4 is the first in a series of collaborations between A4 Sounds and Artists Studios here in Ireland and further afield.

C A H O O T S : S A M P L E \ w / A 4 features work by 13 member artists from Sample-Studios, Cork.

Sample-Studios is one of Irelands leading artist-led spaces with over 40 member artists. TACTIC is the artist-led visual arts programme of Sample-Studios. With their focus on creating a dialogue and a process of collaboration across disciplines they aim to highlight artists and curators who demonsatrate high levels of resolution, investigation and critical thinking in their practice whilst also facilitatiing the enjoyment and participation in contemporary art for its audiences.

The Artists

Sarah Jayne Booth
Nora Buttimer
Edith Cosgrave
Pat Donlon
Tommy Feehan
Joseph Hefferman
Kathryn Kelly
John Ketch
Kevin Mooney
Kim-Ling Morris
Anna O’Riordan
Alison O’Shea
Catriona Osborne

General Opening Hours

Mon – Fri : 12pm – 6pm
Sat: 1pm – 6pm
Sun: 1pm – 4pm

Photo Credit: Alec Moore

Lacemaking Workshop 9th Mar 2019

Lacemaking 1 Day Workshop

with Fiona Harrington

€80 Regular Fee
€64 – €72 for Friends of A4 Sounds

This day long workshop will introduce participants to Irish Needlepoint Lace techniques. Students will be shown how to prepare the ground for lacemaking and lay the foundation for the study of 9 needlepoint stitches. They will also learn how to finish a lace sample and remove it from the backing.


This workshop would suit anybody with an interest in Irish Lace. No experience is necessary but feeling comfortable holding a needle and thread is an advantage.

Places are limited to 4 participants only


Sat 9th Mar 2019
10am – 4pm(with 1 hour for lunch)


A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset St
Dublin 1


By the end of the day, participants will have developed a good understanding of needlepoint lace and acquired skills to plan and complete further Lace studies at home.

Fiona Harrington

Fiona Harrington is an award winning lace-maker and textile artist. Fiona graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Crawford, Cork and Textile Design from NCAD. She has also trained with Kenmare Lace and Design Centre learning traditional Irish lace techniques including Carrickmacross and Kenmare Needlepoint. She received a number of prestigious awards including the Thomas Dammann Bursary, the RDS Graduate Prize and the Eleanor De La Branchardiere Award for innovation in Lace Design.


Want to save money on our workshops and events? Become a patron of A4 Sounds and save up to 20% on workshops, merch and events at our gallery!

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 😀

Please note: Due to the running costs of workshops, refunds for all our courses can only be given if sufficient notice is given and we can secure a replacement participant. We are a small organisation and course materials and equipment are expensive!  We are understanding and under exceptional circumstances we may be able to refund part or full cost of the course.

How it Stands, Provisionally | Roisin McGannon

How it Stands, Provisionally | Róisín McGannon

17th – 22nd Jan | A4 Sounds Gallery

Opening | Thursday 17th | 6pm – 8:30pm

Fingal Arts and Block T present

How it Stands, Provisionally

An exhibition of work by Róisín McGannon winner of the Fingal Graduate Award 2017

How it Stands, Provisionally presents new work created during a year long residency in Block T Studios.

Through performative video and photography the show explores corporeal awareness; thinking through the body – the body in relation to the body, and the body in relation to the immediate space around it. The acute knowingness we have of our bodies and the strain that can arise from this awareness.

Exhibition Opening
Thursday 17th January
6pm – 8.30pm

General Opening Hours
Friday 18th – Tuesday 22nd
11am – 6pm

Find Us
A4 Sounds,
St. Joseph’s Parade,
Off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1
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Róisín McGannon is a Visual Artist based in Dublin. Roisin’s work is concerned with corporeal awareness taking the form of performative video and photography.

Since graduating from NCAD with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Printmaking in 2017, Róisín has completed a year long residency in Block T as the recipient of The Fingal Graduate Award 2017. She has been invited as an Artist in Resident for the Inaugural Residency Programme in the Eoin Moylan Photography Studio in Berlin in February 2019. She has recently been awarded the Loughshinny Boathouse Residency Award supported by Fingal County Council for late 2019. Roisin has exhibited work in the 188th RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin and AGA LAB, Amsterdam.
Róisín is a member of A4 Sounds Studios.
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