A Studio Space For Artists

Artists' Studios

The Visual Arts Centre provides affordable studio spaces for professional visual artists at various stages of their careers. A diverse range of contemporary practices exist under the one roof. The secure studio environment in Dublin’s Stoneybatter gives members the opportunity to focus on their work.

Established in 1979

The Visual Arts Centre Ltd. was set up as a not-for-profit limited company. Following a number of relocations around Dublin the studio settled at 20 Great Strand Street in 1981, renting what had previously been a shoe factory from CIE. Since then the studio moved to Saint Michan's Street, and then Nth. Brunswick St. before moving to our current location on the Nth. Circular Road, Dublin.

Previous Members Include

Benedict Byrne, Mark Pepper, Blaise Drummond, Brian Maguire, Camille Souter, Caroline McCarthy, Catherine Owens, Cecily Brennan, Daniel McKeon, Dorothy Cross, Mick Hegarty, Ronnie Hughes, Eithne Jordan, Geraldine O'Reilly, Gwen O'Dowd, Joe Butler, Marc Reilly, Mick O'Dea, Ned McLoughlin, Nuala Goodman, Richard Gorman, Theresa McKenna, Anne Tallentire, Donald Teskey and Janet Mullarney.

montage image of artists work Mary Canty Benedict Readman Fergus Byrne Eddie Kennedy Janet Mullarney Ben Byrne Stephen Rinn



15th June 

Fergus Byrne is organising Generation, a day of performance art at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon.

20th Feb

Fergus Byrne showed at The Drawing Project, Dun Laoghaire.

17th Nov 

TransversaI III at The Chocolate Factory, curated and produced by Deirdre Murphy and Fergus Byrne

15th May

Transversal2@DDF an exciting evening of dance and performance art curated  by Deirdre Murphy and Fergus Byrne within the  Dublin Dance Festival. It takes place at Fumbally  Court, off Lower Clanbrassil Street. Nineteen different performance and over thirty artists involved. Click here for further details.

20th November

Ben Readman at Atelier Concorde curated by Associacao D'if, Lisbon , Portugal

5th November

Ben Readman at the R.H.A. After Dark Gala, Ely Place, Dublin 2

14th October

Ben Readman at 'A Vendre' Chateaux de Servieres, Au 24, Rue Montgrand, 13006 Marseille

9th -11th Oct

Ben Readman at OAA, Atelier Artonne, 13005 Marseille, France

9th Sept

Ben Readman solo show, Homeostasis opens at the Sycamore Arts Club

2nd July- 1st August

Ben Readman in NLA (New Living Art) @ IMOCA (Irish Museum of Contempory Art)

17th June

Ben Readman in a group show 'Drawing Room' curated by Vanessa Marsh

6th - 29th May

Hillsboro Fine Art presents a solo show by Eddie Kennedy, 'Scope'.

14-16th May

Ben Readman at the Monstertuck Stand at the ID&A Art Fair, Dublin

15th April - 8th May 

Tadhg McSweeney solo show 'Portmanteau' opens at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery on Thursday 15th April.

26th March - 17th April

AUTO/MANO: Fergus Byrne & Joe Stanley at the Talbot Gallery,

12-25th March

Ben Readman at 'Irish Wave' curated by BigSmallArtists, Beijing , China
Irish Dimensions - Yi Gallery, Beijing , China
Paper Links - SiNordic Arts Space, Beijing, China

5th March 2010

Ben Readman is awarded the 'Prix Mourlot' (Mourlot prize) for contemporary painting, Marseille, France, Exhibition continues until the 25th of March

2nd - 25th Mar 2010

Ben Readman is selected as finalist for the 'Prix Mourlot' and will exhibit 14 works in Galerie ESBAM - École supérieure des beaux-arts de Marseille, 41 rue Montgrand, 13006 Marseille, France

24th Jan

Bacon: The Forces Visible in his Figuration; a kinetic viewpoint. Performative lecture by Fergus Byrne at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. 1.30pm

3rd Dec - 30 Jan 2010

Eddie Kennedy and Ron Kingswood at the J.Caciolla Gallery, New York. 

Dec '09

Fergus Byrne shows works in group shows, Peep at The Talbot  Gallery and Hooverville at The Sycamore Club.

15th Sept '09

Ben Readman in A Vendre, Galerie Montgrand, Marseille

8-11th Sept '09

Ben Readman in Ouvertures D'Ateliers D'Artistes, Atelier Artonne, Rue Ernest Renan, Marseille