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The Jungle Artist Studios

Open Studio at La Catedral Studios

Thursday 9 May 5pm - 6pm, 6.30pm -7.30pm and 8pm - 9pm

Free

Location La Catedral Studios, St Augustine Street, the Liberties

Accessibility This historic building has steep staircases throughout and is unfortunately not equipped with facilities for those with reduced mobility. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Discover a hidden gem in the heart of Dublin 8! Join us on the 9 th of May for a look inside La Catedral Studios, a long-established home for artists, makers and creatives located just off Thomas Street. For one night only, this quirky secret space will throw open its distinctive black and white street doors to welcome the general public for an open studio event. This is a rare opportunity to stop in and meet the artists, explore the labyrinth of individual workspaces within and perhaps catch a glimpse of Ophelia, the art studio cat. On the night, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the studios and meet with the artists.

Constructed in 1910, the building which now houses La Catedral Studios is intertwined with Dublin 8’s history as a centre of textile production and craftsmanship. Originally a warehouse, it was later converted into a clothing factory, which was operated by Dunnes Stores to produce items for their “St Bernard” brand. When cheaper production opportunities overseas led to the factory’s closure, the building was left to slide into dilapidation, until it caught the eye of studio co-founders Antonella Scanu and Costantino Idini. They recognised its potential, and in 2005 they began work to secure the structure and refit it as a place for artists to work and thrive.

Today, La Catedral Studios is a hub of creative activity for upcoming new artists and established names alike. The community of more than 40 creatives includes painters, illustrators, photographers, musicians, textile artists and performers, many of whom will be present at the open studio event to show their workspaces and share insights into their inspirations, work processes and what makes them tick.

Find out more about some of the artists who call La Catedral Studios home.

Thursday 9 May 5pm - 6pm, 6.30pm -7.30pm and 8pm - 9pm

Free

Phoenix Park deer illustration John Rooney