Studio 12

Studio 12

Located on the first floor of the Wandesford Quay building, our Studio 12 exhibition/project space  supports studio and non-studio artists and through it we aim to increase collaboration and engagement with the wider artistic community and the general public, through exhibitions and outreach events. 

Studio 12 gives artist members and invited non-members of Backwater Artists Group 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.

“Backwater Artist Group is one of the longest established artist-led initiatives in the City, and the creation of this space, and the improvement of many of its other facilities, indicates the strength and maturity of the organisation, both in continuously developing facilities and services for the artistic community it serves, and in recognising the importance of giving others the opportunities to interact with them.” – Jean Brennan, Arts Officer, Cork City Council.

Opening hours during exhibitions: Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Contact: for more information.

Studio 12 Exhibition / Project Space – Rentals

Studio 12, the Backwater Artists Group exhibition/project space, is primarily a resource for studio members and programmed through an internal annual submission process.

Between exhibitions and outside gallery hours during exhibitions it is possible* for non-members to rent the space for an event, meeting or workshop. Further details below.

The space: 5.23m x 6.63m in plan with a ceiling height of 2.25m (see plan and photos below). The primary exhibiting plasterboard walls are the north wall, straight ahead of you (5.23m) and the east wall to your right (c.6m). The west wall is of rubble stone construction and interrupted by three windows and the invigilation desk. The south wall is not suitable for use due to the presence of electricity boxes. There are two supporting timber pillars in the middle of the room. The room is equipped with dimmable track lighting with 3000K warm white LED bulbs.

Furniture available to spec: 2 x large folding tables, 1 x cushioned bench, 10 x cushioned folding chairs, 1 x couch, 1 x armchair (additional chairs and tables available upon request)

Facilities:  Wifi, digital projector, access to canteen (kettle, sink), toilets.

Rates: €100 for full day, €50 for half day or €25 for quarter day or less.

To help plan your proposed rental: When in use for exhibitions opening hours are Tuesday – Friday 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm. Therefore the most suitable days to rent the space for a full or half day are Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. If you are interested in renting the space for a greater number of consecutive days the best opportunity to do so is between exhibitions. Please note that each exhibition will be preceded by c. 2 days install work and followed by c. 2 days de-install work. An up to date list of available dates will be provided upon enquiry.

Insurance: Anyone proposing to rent the space must have their own insurance.

Bookings & enquiries: 021 4961002 or

*Not all exhibitions will be compatible with events, meetings or workshops taking place due to the presence of floor-based artwork and/or the installation of blackout board on the windows. We will advise as to compatibility at the time of your enquiry.

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