The Centres’ historic Georgian building facilitates 7 artist studios on the upper floor of the tallest building on O’Connell St., with views over looking the Suir river.

The studios are equipped with lighting, heating & Wi-Fi, and artists have their own access to the space. One of these studios is a dedicated bursary space awarded to an emerging Degree Student from WIT’s School of Art.

Garter Lane is delighted to share its administration spaces with artists and creatives on a daily basis, and the centre, at No.5 O’Connell Street, is a hive of activity with the building really coming alive when the studio spaces are bursting with creativity. Visual Art Studios, Dance Studio (equipped with sprung floor), and theatre development Centre (A Little Room) as well as our Children’s Room (a multifunctional space for workshop and “hands-on” activities) are all in constant use.

It is in these studios that artists of differing disciplines access a safe space to explore and expand their work and develop their processes.

To learn more about our Visual Art Studios please contact Sandra Kelly:

To enquire about the Dance Studio and other spaces contact:

Brendan Butler: Inspired by music, dark tales, classic and modern literature, Butler creates mesmerizing, passionate paintings and installations. The finished pictures are never simple illustrations; the characters and places change as the works progress. A painter of stories, Butler’s work enacts a variety of roles depicting disquieting atmospheric tensions below the surface.

Sharon Fleming is a local Waterford artist. Best known for her delicate porcelain and glass pieces, she also likes to work in other media such as painting, mono-printing, collage and batik. She takes inspiration from the natural environment and her every day surroundings”

Denise McAuliffe Hutchinson has an honours degree in visual art from WIT and masters degree in fine art painting from (NCAD) Dublin. She has attended summer school at the Royal Academy Of Art, Florence, The Slade Art College London and Crawford Cork. She is a mature artist who is in full command of her painting and works full time from her studio at garter lane. Denise has gone global with her exhibitions and sales, with works landing in Europe, USA and India. Denise uses her imagination and memory to produce some of her best pieces.

Marcella Meagher is a full-time business owner and graphic designer based in Waterford City, resident artist in Garter Lane studios and a member of the Waterford Art Group. Marcella has been a student of artist Brian Smyth, based in Florence, and Nick Robinson, studying portraiture and the figure using a very disciplined practice using the Zorn Pallet which is very restrictive. Marcella painted with Fergus Dillon President of the group at St. John’s College for many years establishing the importance of colour and light to her. She also creates wonderful flow and effects with light from oils. Meagher states “I am very interested in light and composition, painting on a larger canvas and boards is my next ambition” I have an idea which excites me and will reflect in my new paintings in the future.

Rory van Dokkum is a freelance artist, writer and illustrator, recently graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology and currently working in Waterford City. Throughout his life he has been fascinated by the surreal, examining the many forms that it can take and how the presence of the strange influences the normal. His artwork focuses mainly on twisting the human form into something with both familiar and utterly alien aspects.

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