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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New 25 and Under Membership Rate

25 and under membership rate

New 25 & Under Membership Rate

We have introduced a new membership rate of €50 per month for 25 year olds and under at our studios. The under 25s are one of many groups adversely affected by the housing crisis and living costs of Dublin City resulting in them being essentially locked out of their futures. The knock-on effect, which we have witnessed, is that younger artists cannot access studio spaces in the city. This prevents them accessing essential resources which allow them to start their careers, forcing many out of the city, abroad or to give up on their practice.

An artist graduating in fine art now has very few opportunities or supports available to them, including employment opportunities in their field. This means many artists are dependent on social welfare payments. For artists that are 25 years old their payment is only €131 per week and artists 24 and under their payment is only €107 per week, meaning a studio space is not an option.

We hope our new membership rate of €50 per month for the 25 and under age group, will go some way to helping younger artists participate in studio life and ease some of the pressures of living in Dublin.

If you are a young artist working in the city and would like to apply for membership, please read more about our studio memberships and fill out our application form here!

At this time we can offer up to 10 memberships at this rate, as running an arts organisation continues to be expensive. If you would like to support our work, help us to keep costs down for our artists, and help us to offer more reduced memberships in future to those who need them, please consider become a patron here >>>>


Artist Talk | Interference – Frank Prendergast


Artist Talk | Frank Prendergast – Interference

Frank Prendergast is a media artist whose interest is in teasing out the unseen threads that weave through human experience. Based on his recent graduate show Interference, Frank will talk about his understanding of the idea of interference and its influences on human perception. Interference responds to the multiple types of signal interference we experience in our everyday lives, including analogue visual interference represented in kinetic sculpture, acoustic interference perceived as sonic beats, and digital interferences that surround us all in an age of mass communication.

Frank will talk about how the various media used in Interference both allowed him to think in new ways and provided technical constraints on what could be built. This will involve tracing the path of the project, discussing the choices made along the way, and giving a rationale for its final form. With the benefit of hindsight, he will comment on the effects of certain technical choices and the implications of using particular materials, some of which led to near disasters towards the end of the project.

Frank is a fine art graduate of NCAD and was recently longlisted for the RDS Visual Arts Award 2018. He also works as an art technician and fabricator and has worked for a number of galleries and organisations including A4 Sounds, Mart, The Science Gallery and NCAD Gallery.

Instagram: @ostensiblesense
Twitter: @ostensiblesense


When & Where?
Wednesday 3rd October
7.30pm – 8.30pm

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
Off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1
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To join in the discussion and to keep up-to-date with our educational programme of Talks, Workshops and Courses please join our Facebook group.

For more information on upcoming and previous talks & discussions please visit our talks page.

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 Fri 21st Sept.

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!

Exhibition Opening Thursday 13th Sept | Obedient City by Michelle Doyle

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Obedient City | Michelle Doyle
13th – 23rd Sept | A4 Sounds Gallery
A4 Artist in Residence Programme 2018


Obedient City

Obedient City is a visitor centre of the minerals, obstructions and energy of public works. Signs tell you who owns what utility and why you shouldn’t poke. Electricity and information flows under the heaving concrete buildings and paths. Vibrations crack and fray each new object. Pebbledashed public monoliths shed their skins. Two snakes meet in an embrace. Neighbours tell on each other and lock up laneways.

New museums spring up to sell experiences and data, in a city losing its material culture. Visitor Centres guide one on the right path, through to the right exit. Tourists must work extra hard to ensure they have taken the right photos. Fast construction uncovers new heritage and rips it out. Tearing, breaking, moulding but constantly updating. Rebuilt pebble dashed walls of Newgrange only serve to further worship public works. The city is triumph and asks only for your obedience in return for living here.

Obedient City or “The Obedience of the Citizens Produces a Happy City” comes from the latin translation of the motto of Dublin City, “Obedientia civium urbis felicitas.” Broadly looking at the architecture and urban planning of North Dublin, where the materials come from, and their effect on its inhabitants, along with the rapid privatisation of public space and the marketing of the City. This exhibition takes the museumification of OPW sites and shows how the true essence of Dublin, one with with three castles ablaze, can be packaged.

Telekom | Obedient City | Michelle Doyle | A4 Sounds Gallery


Michelle Doyle

Michelle Doyle is an artist and musician living in Dublin. She is a graduate of Fine Art Media in NCAD and Art and Research Collaboration in IADT. Her practice is concerned with media, information and power. This has led her to work with pirate radio, zines and social media as platforms for art making. Coming from a DIY punk background, distribution plays a large role in her work from publications, tapes to badges.

Doyle collaborates frequently with other artists and musicians such as the Lads Society, the Digital Druids, Repeater and Isadora Epstein. This year she has exhibited with Repeater with Athrá Titim Gach Rud and the Digital Druids with Yoga For The Eyes. As well as being the current artist in residence of A4 Sounds, Michelle makes music with punk band Sissy and now solo as Rising Damp.

Departing from a mainly online practice of sound and video works, this exhibition is mainly sculpture based.

Obedient City | Michelle Doyle | A4 Sounds Gallery


Further information:

Instagram: @risingdamp_
Twitter: @risingdamp

Exhibition Opening
Thursday 13th Sept
7pm – 10pm
Drinks Reception

General Opening Hours
Fri : 12pm – 6pm
Sat: 1pm – 6pm
Sun: 1pm – 4pm

Artist Talk
Wednesday 19th Sept
7:30pm – 8:30pm

Culture Night
Friday 21st Sept
6pm – 10pm
Drinks Reception

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