01 – 22 December 2017
Backwater Artists Group present a selection of work from current studio holders. Representing a cross section of styles and genres the exhibition gives a snap shot of the talent that is nurtured in this group studio environment. The group is comprised of established artists working alongside young and emerging artists, a dynamic which results in a stimulating mix of ideas and experience. All the work on display is for sale. This is a great opportunity to purchase an artwork for a reasonable price.
Founded in 1990 by graduates of the Crawford College of Art & Design, Backwater Artists Group is the largest purpose built artists studios (29 in total – 23 Painting/Mixed Media, 6 Sculpture) in the region and it houses an established artist-led studio group, now in its 27th year. Located in Cork City Centre, we share our premises with Cork Printmakers & CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery. We provide well maintained, safe, secure, accessible, heated studio space for artists with security of tenure and 24 hour access. Studios are clean, warm, well ventilated with ample natural light and cater appropriately to artists’ needs.
Backwater caters for forty artists at present. Our artists work in many different disciplines including sculpture, painting, photography, new media, installation, performance, print, ceramics and stained glass. We are an artist-run organisation with an artist-led Board of Directors who are dedicated to improving the working conditions and support structures for visual artists and to this end we provide access to computer, framing and photography facilities, all of which are necessary for the establishment of a professional art practice. In keeping with our ethos we award one or two six-month Ciarán Langford Memorial Bursaries to graduates of the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design annually to assist emerging artists in the transition from student to professional artist.
Image (clockwise from bottom left): Sean Hanrahan, Angela Gilmour, Ben Reilly, Stephen Doyle