Endangered Studios wish to promote the presence and activities of visual art practitioners in the area through the provision of affordable studio space and a vibrant working environment. We aim to encourage professional development and networking opportunities among art practitioners nationally and internationally.
The studios began in 2003 when six artists were selected by Mary Butler, Kilkenny County Council’s Arts Officer, to avail of a new studio opportunity in Kilkenny City. It was a significant development in the artistic community as it was the first supported artists’ studio in the county.
Endangered Studios, thanks to the generosity of Patrick Lydon and the Camphill Community, have been resident at the Workhouse in Callan since March 2007. This premises offers enormous potential, consisting of a number of varying sized rooms over two levels, extending to the artists the opportunity to work on large-scale projects.
Endangered Studios is not a nomadic group out of choice. Its roaming is due to necessity as the spaces used by the group have often been earmarked for future ventures. The period of existence within one space is temporary.
Though there has been a consistent founding core, the group continues to fluctuate in size, welcoming new artists to utilise the space and opportunities, whilst other members of the group have left to continue study and career paths.
All artists within the group continue to pursue individual opportunities, exhibiting widely at a range of levels, whilst maintaining a strong group dynamic.