Bó Studios

Bó Studios was established in 2020 and houses ten visual artists.

Bó Studios is a new artist studio, established in 2020 and supported by An Táin Arts Centre, The Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Create Louth, the arts office of Louth County Council 

Located in the heart of Dundalk town, the studios came to be when ceramicist Etaoin O’ Reilly was completing the Emerging Artist Residency with us in the Summer  of 2020 and was dismayed at the lack of suitable affordable artist studio space in the town. Joining forces with three other artists, David Callan, Blathnaid McClean and Olivia Hill, Bó Studios was established and An Táin Arts Centre was delighted to support them. The studios has expanded twice in the last 18 months. Once in January 2023 and again in July 2024 to now house 10 professional visual artists. 

David Callan
David CallanMixed Media Artist
David is a mixed media artist recently returned to his hometown of Dundalk. Since completing a BA in Art & Design at GMIT CCCAM in Galway, David has worked as a practicing artist, curator and art technician. He is a former director of 126, Artist-run Gallery, where he also had the opportunity to curate shows beyond the Galway gallery in Monstertruck Gallery, Dublin, E:vent, London and the RHA. He is a former member of the collectives Angry Hammers and Expanded Draught and has worked as an art technician for various galleries and festivals around the country.
Etaoin O’Reilly
Etaoin O’ReillyCeramic Artist
Etaoin is a ceramic artist who graduated from NCAD in 2014 with a first class honors in Craft Design. Since graduating Etaoin has completed residencies at NCAD, LSAD and An Táin Arts Centre. She completed training in glaze technology and production pottery on the Design and Crafts Councils of Ireland’s Ceramic Skills Course, in Thomastown, Kilkenny. Her achievements include; winner “The Overall Future Makers Award” for her NCAD degree show and acceptance on the “Young Ambassadors Program”. This program sent her to Venice where she worked for the “Homer Faber Exhibition”. She has just launched “Etaoin O’Reilly Ceramics” where she sells her own ceramic art work and functional range.
Linda McConville
Linda McConvilleArtist, Printmaker and Illustrator
Linda McConville is an artist, illustrator and printmaker, who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Design and a Honours Degree in Fine Art from GMIT (now ATU). In 2011, she received the Emerging Artists Bursary Award from Cork Printmakers, receiving a membership and use of their workshop for a year. Her work has been exhibited around Ireland and Scotland, with two of her college graduate prints in the University of Galway. Linda now works in mainly watercolour, pencil, pen and ink, along with digital, and a number of crafts.
Julie Corcoran
Julie CorcoranPhotographer / Printmaker
Julie Corcoran (b1978) is a Cavan based artist who works through the mediums of photography and printmaking. Julie is represented by ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast, SolArt Gallery, Dublin and Hambly & Hambly, Enniskillen and is a member of Visual Arts Ireland, AAEX and Creative Spark Print Studio.

Her most recent award was a three month Creative Spark Artist Residency, March – May 2024 and as a John Richardson French Residency Award Finalist 2024.
Most recent projects include Irish Sign Language AAEX workshops with resulting exhibition, Hidden Abilities at Droichead Arts Centre, September 2023. In 2022, the workshops in An Táin Arts Centre and Droichead Arts Centre won the Louth Public Participation Network Cultural Award 2022.
She has collaborated on numerous projects from a Cross Border Peace IV photographic project, ‘Peaceful Photography’ in 2019 to Awash With Colour in 2021/2022 with AAEX (Arts as Exchange) and MOPOSOGS. The resulting exhibitions took place in Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Tyrone.

Gráinne Murphy
Gráinne MurphyPrint & Image maker
Gráinne is printmaker and image maker from Dundalk . She is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design, where she received a BA Honours degree in Printmaking. She is currently Creative Spark print studio technician and coordinator. As an artist, Gráinne is inspired by the natural world and the stories and traditions that have shaped our relationship with the environment. In her work, she explore the interconnectedness of water, landscape, and folklore, using screen printing and natural pigments to create vibrant and expressive pieces.
John Connolly
John ConnollyMixed Media Artist
John is a mixed media and performance artist who has recently graduated with a Masters in Fine Art & Sculpture from the University of Ulster. He is a member of Flax Studios in Belfast and also works as a visual arts technician. Recent exhibitions include ‘SHIT Show’ at the Project Space, 7 North Street Belfast and ‘The Magnitude of Small Things” The Mac Gallery Belfast.
Bláthnaid McClean
Bláthnaid McCleanBeezti Designs
Bláthnaid studied at NCAD receiving a BA in Fashion Design. When she left college she started up her own label selling out of the Design Centre in Powerscourt Townhouse in Dublin. She was awarded a scholarship to study Bespoke Menswear Tailoring (CPD Diploma) with the National Tailoring Academy (in association with Louis Copeland). She spent some time working as a Product Designer for Horseware Ireland, and on a bespoke bridesmaid commission. In 2018 she started up her own hand screen printed T-shirt business called BEEZTI, selling her unique designs online.
Stephen Hurley
Stephen HurleyMixed Media Artist
Stephen is an artist with a background in Graphic Design. He holds a BA in Graphic Design and a BA in Visual Communications. His first exhibition ‘Local Legends’ was an off-site mixed-media installation, in a store front celebrating Dundalks ‘Local Legends’ during lockdown and was commissioned by An Táin Arts Centre. He has contributed work to exhibitions by Creative Spark and Belfast Print Works and is a member of the Creative Spark Print Studio.
Úna Curley aka The Emotional Artist
Úna Curley aka The Emotional ArtistMulti-disciplinary Artist
Multi-disciplinary Artist Úna Curley, @theemotionalartist, from Carrickmacross, Ireland ex-plores art as a language. Expressing concepts and feelings through natural, textile and found materials she hopes to awaken a childlike curiosity in the viewer questioning their relationship with themselves and environment while raising awareness of the worryingly fast pace of consumption and subsequent waste. As a socially engaged artist she espouses the benefits of art for all with the focus on participation and process not for the output.
Úna graduated from NCAD with a first class B Des. Hons in Textile Art & Artefact and com-mendation for Visual Culture thesis 2015. A member of Creative Spark Print Studio, Visual Artists Ireland and Founder member of AAEX (Art as Exchange) she has been invited to give artist talks at NCAD, Visual Arts cafe, Art Teachers conference Irl., First Fortnight and Culture Night.
Jenny Slater
Jenny SlaterMulti media Artist
Jenny Slater’s work is concerned with creating narratives through personal, historical and fictional lenses. Her multi media works uses photography, sculpture, print and installation to explore ordinary daily experiences, motherhood, everyday losses and the somewhat surreal dramas of life as a parenting adult.

Connection to nature and the symbolic meanings associated with native flowers are important aspects of Jenny’s’ work. She likes to work with ephemeral objects and other low spec or overlooked materials, like pot scrubs as painting tools and cleaning gloves for sculptures.
Frequently using her mobile phone to take images, interspersed with old family photographs Jenny endeavours to capture fleeting transient moments, connecting past to present.

Jenny is a graduate of NCAD, a member of Creative Spark Print Studio and AAEX (Art as Research Exchange). Jenny is the winner of the Droichead First Solo Award for 2024. She is also a recent recipient of the Tyrone Guthrie residency award from Create Louth and has received Bursary Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland for her work with the early years arts sector.