Labour Party arts spokesperson Senator Marie Sherlock has said the Government needs to step up efforts to secure work spaces for artists in Dublin.

It comes as more than a dozen artists face eviction from Richmond Road Studios in Fairview tomorrow.

Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Sherlock said the artists needed more time to find alternative locations to work from.

"They are an amazing set of artists engaged in visual art, photography, painting, installation work and other art forms. They received a letter two weeks ago to say that the building of which they are tenants is in receivership and they will be kicked out. I want to make a direct appeal to the receivers, Kroll, to engage with the tenants.

"There is a bigger issue here with regard to how the Government is securing art space in Dublin and across the country.

"We have seen a continual hollowing out of arts space. The Government needs to put in place finance and other resources to ensure that arts groups can survive and thrive in this city and country."

Louise Butler is among those with studio space on the premises. She says if they are evicted she will have no choice but to put all of her artworks into storage

Artist Maeve Brennan has been a member of Richmond Road Studios for 17 years.

She said: "It's terrible, it’s really sad and it’s really upsetting. It does feel like we’re not valued."

Ms Brennan said the artists had been prepared to leave the building at some stage. However, they expected more of a notice period so they could find alternative studio space.

"We just need more time. Personally, I was expecting six months," she explained. "But generally, this can’t go on. Where will artists go? Where will young graduates go?"

Fellow studio member Louise Butler agreed.

"We are supposed to be known for our thriving arts scene and it’s being gutted from under us," Ms Butler said.

"My only option is to store my stuff and just not make work for a while which is mad. I live with my granny, so she won’t have me bringing paint and supplies into her house and taking it over."

Adam Gibney says rising rents are making his chances of continuing to work as a full-time artist 'less and less likely'

Fellow artist Adam Gibney, who has been at the studio for eight years, added: "It's a very disillusioning time to be an artist. Long term, it’s daunting. Today it’s a studio, but it’s already been nightclubs, performance spaces, DIY theatre spaces. We’re losing the buzz of our city and it’s making people question, 'What am I even doing?'"

Mr Gibney said rent increases mean the prospect of him continuing to work as a full-time artist is becoming "less and less likely."

"It’s not an overnight decision, but you’ll see people take on extra tech or teaching jobs. Some people want to, but others will slowly take on these jobs and then your practice shrinks and shrinks. I've been fighting that for years, but it feels like a losing battle sometimes."

The receiver did not respond to a request for comment.