GroundWorks Studios launched on Friday 11th December at the Lyrr Building, Mervue Business Park, Galway. It was opened by James Harold, Arts Officer for Galway, with an exhibition of ceramics and textiles created by the members. The exhibition ran for the weekend but has now been taken down to allow the group to prepare the space for the artists to set up their individual studio workspaces. The group will offer workshops to the public in ceramics and textiles in the new year so keep an eye on the website http://www.groundworksstudios.com/ for more information on this.
The mission statement reads 'GroundWorks Studios will provide a platform for emerging Ceramic & Textile Artists in a collective environment, creating a contemporary, innovative and vibrant setting in Galway and West of Ireland.'
As an associate member of the group, (more information on membership options can be viewed at the above website) I exhibited 2 pieces at the launch. 'Jump for Joy' also exhibited previously at the Quilt Festival in Bermingham and the Knitting & Stitching Show in Dublin. 'The Rocker II' was the second in a series of quilted pieces about the Irish rockstar, Philip Lynott, the first in the series exhibited at 'The Long Note' in the Cork School of Music with the Cork Textiles Network (http://www.corktextiles.com/).