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A room of their own: ‘The majority of people here have been working in their bedroom or shared accommodation, and hasn’t had a designated space to create’

Dublin’s new Dean Art Studios is providing 20 creatives from an array of artistic disciplines and backgrounds with their own workplace in the city centre. Tanya Sweeney meets some of its residents...

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Dublin-based poet/artist Chinedum Muotto. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Dublin-based poet/artist Chinedum Muotto. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Dublin-based poet/artist Chinedum Muotto. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Dublin-based poet/artist Chinedum Muotto. Picture by Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Chinedum Muatto. Picture; Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Chinedum Muatto. Picture; Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Chinedum Muatto. Picture; Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Chinedum Muatto. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Photographer/visual artist Letizia Lopreiato. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Photographer/visual artist Letizia Lopreiato. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Photographer/visual artist Letizia Lopreiato. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Photographer/visual artist Letizia Lopreiato. Picture by Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Shane O'Reilly. Picture; Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Shane O'Reilly. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Actor theatre-maker Shane O’Reilly. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Actor theatre-maker Shane O’Reilly. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Rafina Murphy aka Uly. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Rafina Murphy aka Uly. Picture by Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Rafina Murphy aka Uly. Picture; Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Rafina Murphy aka Uly. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Author Olivia Fitzsimons. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Author Olivia Fitzsimons. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Olivia Fitzsimons. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Olivia Fitzsimons. Picture by Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Olivia Fitzsimons. Picture; Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Olivia Fitzsimons. Picture; Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Olivia Fitzsimons. Picture; Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Olivia Fitzsimons. Picture; Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Rafina Murphy aka Uly. Picture; Gerry Mooney

The Dean Art Studios weekend feature. Rafina Murphy aka Uly. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Rafina Murphy, aka Uly. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Rafina Murphy, aka Uly. Picture by Gerry Mooney

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Dublin-based poet/artist Chinedum Muotto. Picture by Gerry Mooney

As the former home of DIT’s Conservatory of Music, the walls of Dean Art Studios on Chatham Row have long thrummed with creative energy.

Yet their latest venture is not just breathing life back into the building; it’s hoping, too, to invigorate Ireland’s collective of artists, musicians, photographers and theatre-makers.


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