Custom House Studios is located at the Quay Westport, just beside the Helm. Facilities at the Custom House include:
Two Galleries and Studio Space.
Situauted at the picturesque area of Westport Harbour along the Wild Atlantic Way, the Custom House Studios is open all year round seven days a week. We had the pleasure of welcoming the president of Ireland Michael D Higgins and his lovely wife Sabina to our gallery in April 2015 when he visited an exhibition about Major John Mac Bride who incedently was born right beside us where the Helm bar is today. It was a wonderful experience to have Michael D Higgins visit our gallery.
Our Gallery has two exhibition spaces, seven studio spaces and a print room. We have welcomed artists from all over Ireland and the World and continue to do so today. We have exhibitions running all year round, and at the end of the year our Winter Show combines one
piece of each of the artist works that has exhibited here throughout the year, a piece of work from artists residence in our studios and a piece from all the artist that use the print room, there is something for everybody at our Winter Show.
The gallery has seven studio spaces upstairs, two of which are temporary studios, some local artists use the studio spaces and we do have many artists travelling from afar to take advantage of the opportunity to work here.
The print room gives artists the opportunity to use our facilities for etching, drypoint, woodblock, linocut and monoprint. We also run different courses on different printmaking techniques and are run on regular basis subject to demand. The rent for the print costs €15 for a full day which includes basic materials like solvents and grounds. We have other materials like paper, copper plates, ink and other equipment to purchase at very reasonable prices.
We also facilitate a workshop with Western Care in conjunction with Carrowbeg Enterprises every Tuesday. Six participants come from Carrowbeg Enterprises where they have opportunities to explore different artistic processes, experiment with new techniques, develop their skills and their styles of working in Printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture and books. All projects have been facilitated and directed by artists Caroline Masterson and Gráinne O’Reilly, and have completed each year to mark International Day of Persons with facilities.
Supported by The Upstart Project, from Mayo County Council Arts Office, the group have worked on a different project each year including, Bronze casting, Film, Pottery and an Artist’s book; A Book of Shopping.
As you can see there is plenty to do and see at the Custom House Studios, so don’t be shy come and say hello, no charge to come in here, you never know what you will find.