Loughshinny Boathouse Project

Loughshinny Boathouse Project

The fruit of a collaboration between the Operations, Arts Office and Architects Departments can now be seen in the newly‐restored, former boathouse at Loughshinny Harbour, just north of Rush village.

The recently acquired historic building had fallen into semi‐dereliction over a number of years. While the initial use identified for the building was as a lifeguard station the collaboration was later widened to include the Arts Office, and a design evolved with Rory O’Byrne and Sarah O’Neill, Arts Officers, that now accommodates a shared home for the beach lifeguards and a day studio for artists.

A number of professional artists from the local area who have previously expressed interest in the boathouse have been approached and asked to submit proposals for try-out residencies of not more than 3 months duration in 2015 and 2016. The purpose is to test the suitability of the premises for various artistic uses before Fingal County Council opens the opportunity out for proposals from artists generally. The dramatic setting of the boathouse on the water’s edge and at one end of the harbour landscape offers a unique fully subsidised workspace for professional artists during this test period.  

Artist Thomas Brezing is currently resident in the boathouse and is developing an environmental art project raising awareness about the harmful effects of plastic pollution on marine life. As part of his project he organised a beach clean at Loughshinny in association with Clean Coasts. www.thomasbrezing.weebly.com   www.cleancoasts.org

Previous residents include:

Vanessa Daws, Artist

Eithne Lannon, Poet

Peter O' Neill, Writer

Thomas Brezing, Artist

Dave West, Artist

Declan Gorman, Writer

Deirdre Glenfield, Artist

Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty, Artists