Memberships Available at A4 Sounds Artist Studios

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

 

10 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!

10.jpgThe 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!

04sml(1)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.

APRIL 2018: Disciplines paused: Animation, Filmmaking, Set Design & Prop Making

APRIL 2018: We have 1 personal workspace available in studio 1 from Feb 1st. Cost: €175 pm.

03smlThe A4 Library Room & The Forgotten Zine Archive. Photo: Kate-Bowe O’Brien.

18278387_10203525999468823_3333264930382866443_oThe 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-€30 pm) or a personal workspace (€100-€130 pm).

Regular Membership includes:

General

– 24/7 access
– WiFi and bills
– Kitchen facilities
– Outdoor garden with mezzaine & bike storage
Member discounts within A4 and local businesses
– Profile page on our website

Shared

– 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

Darkroom red 1The A4 Darkroom. Photo: Kate-Bowe O’Brien.

 

Facilities

– 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*

07sml.jpgTextiles & 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.

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6.jpgLarge Lockers (€20-€30pm). Photo: Kate-Bowe O’Brien.

 

Additional Costs
– Locker rental, various sizes €10 – €30 per month
– Personal Workspace €100 – €130 (currently a waiting list for these)
– 40% discount on gallery & event space hire

*we have a large workspace available to members to rent on a 1 month basis in our workshop for €130.

2Exhibition, Dr. Nadia Kelbova by Justyna Kielbowicz, 2017. Photo: Kate-Bowe O’Brien.

 

More information here!

Applications can be made here!

How to find us!

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Ghost Eyes & Snake Rider’s Celebration Porty!

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Ghost Eyes & Snake Rider’s Celebration Porty!
Sat 31st Mar| A4 Sounds Gallery

Join us one more time as we celebrate the joyous journey towards 2000 Fivers! We’ll be raising a toast to all the folks we couldn’t have done it without – which of course includes YOU if you’ve donated to our campaign or helped us out in any way.

Our entertainments on the night will include the inimitable A4 DJ duo of Ghost Eyes and Snake Rider, who’ve previously only brought their crowd-pleasing brand of all-vinyl, all-classic tunage to select audiences at super secret A4 events – maybe by the end of this night we’ll finally find out which one is Snake Eyes and which one is Ghost Rider!

We’ll also be casting a glance back to the heady days of FIVERTHON, the amazing launch party for the 2000 Fivers campaign, back when we didn’t know if were gonna get any fivers at all (we did and then some – THANK YOU!), and reliving some marvelous moments such as the auctioning off of the dregs of the bottles, the price of Conor O’Toole’s toplessness, and of course the unforgettable FIVERDANCE!

And while everyone in attendance is sure to be awesome, and it’ll be equal-opportunities amazing fun all round, we’ll also the VAPP or Very Awesome Person Place – just for those who’ve been extra generous and donated enough fivers. In the VAPP you’ll be able to get your complimentary cocktail, get your picture taken with Ghost Eyes and Snake Rider, and collect your goodie bags. But don’t despair if you’ve not donated quite enough fivers to be on the VAPP list – instead, perhaps bring along a few spare fivers, as you might have to bribe the A4 bouncer to get inside the VAPP!

When?
Sat Mar 31st
8pm – 11:30pm

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
Off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1
Google Maps link.

Tickets?
VAPP List Ticket €30 (Very Awesome Person Place)
Includes:
Access to VAPP
Complimentary Cocktail
A4 Goodie Bag
Picture Taken with Ghost Eyes & Snake Rider

AP Ticket €15 (Awesome Person Ticket)
Includes:
Entry & Dancing Rights
Possibility to bride VAPP Bouncer with Fivers

All proceeds going to ‘2000 Fivers’ Campaign for the refurbishment of the A4 Sounds Studios & Gallery

Advance tickets (including lots of goodies) available over on our Indiegogo page:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/studio-seeks-2000-fivers-art/

 

Deadline! by Conor O’Toole | A4 Sounds Edition

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Deadline! by Conor O’Toole | A4 Sounds Edition
Sat April 14th | A4 Sounds Gallery


Comedian Conor O’Toole has an hour to get the paper out. He’s taken a job editing the Dublin Correspondænt and urgently needs staff. Come see the modern news cycle live, right before your eyes.

A seriously interactive comedy show about the media and the process of producing news. Be part of the spin, compromise and manipulation that goes into making even a simple news sheet to a tight deadline, for this special, last-ever, once-off run of Deadline!

“O’Toole nails the fun stuff: the crackling energy of an absorbing team game, the miracles forged under pressure (“You, draw a satirical cartoon”) and the countless sly cheats we call professionalism.” ★★★★★ – Peter Crawley, Irish Times

“This interactive comedy show is a welcome antidote to Ireland’s moribund news cycle. There’s no fake news here, only plenty of spin and an abundance of cute animal photos […] The simplicity of the show is its success, and it is ultimately great fun.” ★★★★ – Ciara L. Murphy

Spirit of Wit Award Winner, Dublin Fringe Festival Awards 2017

When?
Sat 14th April
8pm – 11pm

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
Off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1
Google Maps link.

Tickets?
There are only 16 seats available for this show!
1 Ticket €20
2 Tickets plus additional perks €40

All proceeds going to ‘2000 Fivers’ Campaign for the refurbishment of the A4 Sounds Studios & Gallery. To find our more about our fundraising campaign please visit our indiegogo page.

Artist Talk | Five Cats Tied Together – Helen Flanagan | Mar 28th

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Artist Talk | Helen Flanagan – Five Cats Taped Together

Helen Flanagan is a Dublin based writer and filmmaker. Since graduating from the National Film School Helen has had several shorts funded by funding bodies including Filmbase, TG4, Film Offaly and the Irish Film Board. Her work often deals with characters in emotional crisis, features motifs of horror and influenced by Irish and European folklore. In her talk she will discuss developing a point of view and style as a writer, how difficult it is to hold on to that across the filmmaking process as a director, and what actually makes it worth it in the end.

When?
Wed 28th Mar
7:30pm – 8:30pm

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
Off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1
Google Maps link.

 
MOAR HELEN!

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Get Tickets for ‘The Wood From The Trees’ here!

For more information about Helen’s work please visit:
www.a4sounds.org/helen-flanagan/
or
email: helenflanagan@me.com

 

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.

 

 

Help Us Raise 2000 Fivers!

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Help Us Raise 2000 Fivers For Our Studio!

 

There are 1.6 billion fivers. We just need 2000 of them! Some of these 1.6 billion fivers are yours! Please can we have some? That one in the back of your wallet or purse, it would do nicely. That one you got in your change from a twenty earlier, that’d be fine too. Even that crumpled one in your back pocket you thought was a receipt.

Our crowdfunding campaign “2000 Fivers” is now live on Indiegogo. We are raising matching funds for capital funding we received in 2017 to refurbish the electricial system in our building and install a new fire alarm system and emergency lighting.

If you can afford to support us you can donate on our campaign page here. If you can’t afford to donate but would like to see us reach our goal, please share our campaign via your social networks!

Thank you in advance for all your support <3 <3

Credits: Thank you so much to Alec Moore for putting together our video & to Andy Wison for coming up with music for it!! Awesome Members <3 <3

 

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We want to provide a safe and supportive environment for our member artists, communities that access our space and audiences who attend our events.

Over the past 4 years we have refurbished a 5500 sq ft industrial building into a modern artist studio with studio spaces, large build workshop, photography darkroom, screen-printing darkroom and facilities, print area, project room, electronics area, meeting room and artist library. We have invested thousands of euros of personal capital, thousands of hours of sweat equity and reinvested the majority of membership fees paid to us into the building. Now we need a little bit of help from the outside.

TOTAL PROJECT COSTS

In 2017 A4 was awarded €22.8K in capital funding to upgrade the electrical wiring and to install a fire alarm system in our building. This is 70% of the total cost of the proposed works and the maximum we could apply for. In order to draw down the funds and carry out the necessary upgrades to the building we need to match the remaining 30% of costs which is just a few euros shy of €10k.

During 2017 we focused a lot of time in securing a long term lease for the building to ensure that value for money was guaranteed when investing into the building itself. In Jan 2018 we secured a 10 year lease and this means for the next 10 years we can confidently continue to provide safe and affordable studio space to artists working in Dublin. That’s only 50c per year for each fiver donated!

 

about a4 sounds

A4 Sounds is an interdisciplinary artist studio and gallery. We provide affordable access to studio space, artist facilities and workshops and courses. We curate a programme of art events including artist residencies, graduate awards, exhibitions, community get togethers, talks, and cinema, performance and music events. We also work with a wide range of communities, supporting them in their work through either provision of space or equipment for example The Forgotten Zine Archive, BLEND Residents Association, Fire House Film Contest, Hackfest Animation Festival, Abortion Rights Campaign, Strike 4 Repeal, the home-work collective and Irish Housing Network.

 

why is a4 important

A4 is an important resource for numerous artists, activists, groups and collectives in Dublin City. We provide an alternative model for studio space that focuses on shared facilities and resources. This means we can support more artists at a lower cost compared to the more traditional model of a desk in a room. Currently we are the most affordable artist led studio in the city which is extremely important considering the rising prices of rent and living costs which are forcing many artists to leave.
Since opening our doors 4 years ago we have:

  1. Supported hundreds of artists and many communities and activist groups.
  2. Developed an artist in residency programme supporting 2-3 artists from studio work to exhibition each year.
  3. Developed our Graduate Award supporting 1 graduate from DIT Grangegorman each year.
  4. Developed our Supported Project Award supporting 1-5 activist groups each year.
  5. Developed our educational programme, providing low cost access to learning for the public and providing employment opportunities for our member artists.
  6. Helped fundraise for a number of causes and organisations.
  7. Curated a wide range of events and exhibitions.

 

prject costs

The total cost of refurbishments is €32.6k.
We have secured €22.8k or 70% of project costs.

The refurbishment is broken into 3 parts:

1. Refurbishment of old electrics: €18.4k
2. Installation of a Fire Alarm System: €10.2k
3. Installation of Emergency Lighting: €4k

 

how we will spend

WHAT WILL WE SPEND IT ON1. €5.5k or 55% of monies raised will be spent on refurbishment of the electrics.
2. €3.1k or 31% of monies raised will be spent on installation of a Fire Alarm System.

3. €1.2k or 12% of monies raised will be spent on the installation of Emergency Lightening

4. €220 or 2% remaining will go towards fees and charges from the campaign.

 

other ways

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Wall of Awesome is up!

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Thank you to everyone that has donated to our crowdfunding campaign 2000 Fivers so far. We will be adding names to the wall during our campaign.*/**

If you would like to be added to our digital wall of awesome for all to admire your generosity, community spirit and general comradery with artists and arts workers at our studio……please follow the link to our campaign page and donate 1 FIVER! We will be eternally grateful and shout our praise from the roof of our newly upgraded building!

If you are feeling a bit flush with cash, you might want to get onto our physical wall of awesome inside our studio by donating 2 FIVERS!!

New Exhibition Dates Confirmed | Fun-erable by Sarah Devereux | 7th – 17th March!

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Fun-erable by Sarah Devereux

7th – 17th March 2018
A4 Sounds Gallery

We are happy to announce that new dates for Fun-erable by Sarah Devereux have been confirmed!

Please join us at the A4 Sounds Gallery on Wednesday 7th March from 7pm.  You will be welcomed by a wine reception and gift of an art print from the show. You’ll have a little bit of time to wander through the exhibition before things kick off at 7:30pm!

We don’t want to give too much away, so make sure you arrive early so you don’t miss out on the action! Sarah has pulled out all the stops and delivered an exhibition that has the whole shebang: drawing, painting, installation, performance, sound art, interpretative dance, text on the wall, colour, black and white, black and white and colour, wine, sculpture, seriousness, humour, portraits, self-portraits, (there will be no landscapes) detailed work, loose + gestural work, signage, found objects, to name but a few.

We hope too see you all there!

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Exhibition Opening
Wednesday 7th March
7pm – 10pm

Show kicks off at 7:30pm sharp!
Wine Reception & Art Print for Guests

Artist Talk & Exhibition Tour
Thursday 15th March
7:30pm – 8:30pm

General Opening Hours
Mon- Fri: 12pm – 6pm (Performance 5pm daily)
Sat: 1pm – 6pm (Performance 5pm)
Sun: 1pm – 4pm (No performance)

Find Us
A4 Sounds Gallery
St Joseph’s Parade
Off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1
www.a4sounds.org/find-us

For more information about Fun-erable and Sarah Devereux please visit the exhibition page.

To join in the discussion please visit our facebook event page.

F I V E R T H O N : crowdfunding campaign launch event

There are 1.6 billion fivers in circulation. We need a mere 2000 of them. Help us get them!

Join us for a night of comedy, spoken word, music and telethon-style fundraising high-jinks, as we launch our crowdfunding campaign “2000 Fivers”.

Tickets: 3 Fivers. (Book your tickets HERE!)
Complimentary cocktail on arrival.

The event will feature the hosting talents of stand-up comedian, film-maker, runner of Firehouse Film Contest and Dublin Fringe 2017 Spirit of Wit winner Conor O’Toole. We’ve a host of guest performers joining us on the night too, including comedian, Headstuff.org columnist and star of RTÉ’s Nowhere Fast Alison Spittle; singer/songwriter, spoken word artist and OutStraight founder Lewis Kenny; and playwright, comedian and recent Cyber-panel host James Moran. We’ll also have performance artist and co-host of Spicebag, a cabaret / live performance / drag / visual arts / multimedia / dance party extravaganza, Sarah Devereux (aka The Dirtbird). We’re delighted as ever to welcome back A4 favourite, legendary troubadour Big Monster Love, as well as songwriter and poet Beatrice Adomaityte. We’ve a few surprises in store on the night too, and  we’ll also be screening a couple of absolute highlights from the Firehouse Film Contest and Hackfest Alternative Animation Festival.

Why do we need so many fivers anyway?

In 2017 A4 was awarded a whopping 4560 fivers to upgrade the electrics and fire alarm system in our building. While this is a lot of fivers, it’s only 70% of the total number of fivers needed! In order to draw down the funds and carry out these necessary upgrades to the building, we need 30% more fivers. That’s 2000 more fivers to match the funding fivers.

Some of these 1.6 billion fivers are yours! Please can we have some? That one in the back of your wallet or purse, it would do nicely. That one you got in your change from a twenty earlier, that’d be fine too. Even that crumpled one in your back pocket you thought was a receipt. Altogether, we only need 2000 of them!

So come along and help us kick our crowdfunding campaign off to a great start, and enjoy a night of glorious variety-show fundraising fun, rarely seen since the peak days of telethon, benefit concerts and comic relief!

Conor O’Toole, who’ll be on hosting duties for our F I V E R T H O N extravaganza

We’re delighted to have comedian Alison Spittle performing at F I V E R T H O N

We’re stoked to welcome poet and playwright Lewis Kenny back to perform at A4 Sounds

Surviving Dublin – Screening & Q&A | Megan Woods

Surviving Dublin

Surviving Dublin – Screening & Q&A | Megan Woods

Surviving Dublin is a documentary about the cause and effects of Dublin’s rental crisis, and the rise of alternative living as a result of the governments failure to affectively tackle the issue.

Megan Woods is an filmmaker living in Dublin who often uses comedy or documentary to highlight important issues of the day. She’s also a puppeteer for Flight of Fancy, and will be launching her company; Megafilms this month. So stay tuned!

For more information about Megan’s work please visit:
www.a4sounds.org/megan-woods
or
www.meganwoodsfilms.wordpress.com

Email: meganaoifewoods@gmail.com

 

When?

Wed 31st Jan
7:30pm – 8:30pm

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
Off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1
Google Maps link.

 

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!

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1 Personal Workspace Available at A4 Sounds from February 1st.

We have one personal workspace available from February 1st at our studios. Total cost of membership is €175 per month.

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

For more information about our studio, facilties and resources please read our next post: Memberships Available at A4 Sounds!

To apply please fill out our application form here!