Following the establishment of a new partnership between Sample-Studios and Elysium Gallery+Studios in Swansea Wales, we were delighted to welcome Elysium Co-Founder Directors Jonathan Powell and Daniel Staveley to Cork to visit Sample-Studios on January 12th. Elysium is a non profit contemporary gallery and Wales’ largest artist studio provider, founded in 2007. Elysium was created to support and promote the arts in Swansea and beyond with an emphasis on collaboration and community.
Sample-Studios members along with special guests from Cork City Council Arts Office attended a wonderfully informative talk on the history of the Elysium organisation along with an overview of their work as an artist-led gallery and studios. Jonathan and Daniel were then taken on a tour of local Arts organisations including Backwater Artist Group / Lavit Gallery, Cork Printmakers and The National Sculpture Factory.
Exhibition: An exhibition featuring works by Sample-Studios members will take place in the Elysium Gallery, Swansea from February 2nd to March 16th 2024. SAMPLELYSIUM marks 30 years since Swansea was twinned with Cork and kick starts a year of planned online talks and discussion between artists from the two cities. The exhibition will include depictions of artist studios as well showcasing the work of over 70 artists from both creative communities. Participating Sample-Studios members include:
Amna Walayat, Aoife Nolan, Ava Hayes, Catarina Araújo, Catherine Callanan, Chris Finnegan, Chrissie Dervin, Dearbhail Connon, Debbie Dawson, Elize de Beer, Etaoin Melville, Grace Haynes, Ida Mitrani, John MacMonagle, Joseph Heffernan, Kim-Ling Morris, Mags Geaney, Nora Buttimer, Rachel Walsh, Rebecca Bradley, Sinéad Barrett, Siobhán Collins, Tetiana Milshyna