When Gerald Heffernan and Emer ni Chiobhaín started pulling together the idea of forming a studio group in the empty government office building in Sullivan's Quay,Cork, it was only envisaged that Sample-Studios would run for a year but here we are 5 years later and twice as big! Sample-Studios was officially founded on 11th Mar 2011 with just Ger, Emer and myself as its directors: Chairman, Company Secretary and Treasurer respectively. We scratched our signatures on the documents and then set off to make our name in the city. Now the studios are in the capable hands of Aideen Quirke, whose artistic direction has brought us on another level. With around 65 studios and 80+ artists, both performing and visual, the place is abuzz with ideas and significant collaborations begin over a cup of tea. Starting one of Ireland's biggest studios has been a progressive learning process but so well worth it.
So now to mark the occasion, we have organised something for everybody in our birthday party next week, kicking off with the exhibition opening of our residency prize artist, Andrew McSweeney in the Tactic gallery on Thursday night and including family oriented workshops on Sunday. All events are listed on the Sample-Studios website http://www.sample-studios.com/events.html
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