How to become a member 
We are an artist-led studio group whose aims are to improve the working conditions and support structures for visual artists and also to act as a vital information point for artists with regard to issues that affect their professional practice. On our premises on Wandesford Quay we have a total of 28 studio spaces; 6 studios in our sculpture building and 22 studios for painting and mixed media. Of this amount 1 sculpture and 2 painting/mixed media studios are available for short term project based letting and the remaining 25 studios are for full time members. To become a full time member of Backwater Artists Group you must be a full time professional practising artist. Contact BAG office for further details. 

The criteria for membership is: (a) The artist must be willing to commit time to the activities of the group and use the studio space. (b) Allocation of spaces is conditional on a proven need for working studio space. (c) The Artist is a Professional Practising Artist. (d) Availability of studio space.

Download Application form application 2019 (pdf) or application 2019 (.docx)

Members Facilities 
Along with having a heated well lit studio space, members have access to other shared facilities which include: The computer room which has a Mac with internet and Digital imaging facilities, a library containing art books and newsletters with information on opportunities and upcoming exhibitions etc.,woodwork facilities including a mitre press and an under pinner for making frames and stretchers, a darkroom facility for black and white developing with various size enlarger trays, a camera, a tripod, a slide projector, a slide duplicator and a data projector. The sculpture block has a high roof for the creation of large size artworks. Members also have access to Studio 12, our exhibition/project space which gives them the opportunity to present new work to peers, curators, collectors and to the general public. The space also functions as a project space, a communal meeting point and a venue for hosting talks, events and workshops.  Also provided is an opportunity to participate in other Backwater Artists Group activities, i.e. touring exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally, access to curators etc.


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