Artists in Galway have come together to share a location and resources under the collective name of Artspace.

Artspace, a varied group of ten visual artists living and working in their collective studios in Forster Street in Galway are planning their first group exhibition.

Artspace administrator Anne Woods explains how the group of Irish and international visual artists came together in Galway to pool their resources as a means of furthering their artistic endeavours.

The group were founded in 1986 and became known as 'Artspace' the following year. They started a Social Employment Scheme (SES) which allows them to create as full-time artists, and also provides them with additional payment for materials. 

The group spent two years trying to find a suitable studio space before finally moving to a vacant store room above Powell’s Shop in 18 Forster Street in Galway city centre. This space is now a hive of artistic activity as the group work towards their first show to be held in Nuns Island Centre before travelling to Limerick, Bunratty and Waterford.

Most of the Artspace artists are painters, one is a textile definers and another is an illustrator. They include Ruth McHugh who studied in the National College of Art and Design, Kathleen Furey, who trained in the Limerick School of Art and Design. Artists from overseas include David Hill from Paisley in Scotland who creates Celtic style graphic designs, Dutch artist Marja Van Kampen and Catherine O’Leannachain a Frenchwoman who has lived in Ireland for 13 years. She studied in the Sorbonne finds her artistic inspiration in primitive society idols.

This episode of 'Iris' was broadcast on 20 March 1988. The reporter is Mairéad Ní Nuadháin.