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 Post subject: Pallas Studios are Forced to Close Their Doors
PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:38 pm 

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My name is Mark Cullen. I hope that you find the content of this press release will
make for a very interesting and newsworthy story for you and your public. If you are
interested in any further information on Pallas's present situation please do not
hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards
Mark Cullen
087 9572 232

Pallas Studios
17 Foley St,
Dublin 1
00353 8561404

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release

2 June, 2006

Pallas Studios are Forced to Close Their Doors

Pallas Heights Gallery and Pallas Studios have been forced to close after serving
both the art and the local community for ten years in the North Inner City of
Dublin. In a double blow to Pallas Studios this month, both their gallery space,
which has been host to many international artists and their main studio spaces,
which have the capacity for 21 artists, will be reclaimed by Dublin City Council and
a private landlord.

That a major independent arts organisation should be at the point of closure in the
same month that the City Council announces its Arts Services Plan 2006- 2009
outlining a commitment to develop with partners 'a range of innovative Arts
Infrastructural Projects' questions the City Council's commitment to their stated
aims. Pallas has been in ongoing contact with Dublin City Council local office since
1998, offering their expertise as potential partners to enable the City Council to
fulfil part of their commitment to emerging artists, as outlined in the Dublin City
Development Plan 2005 - 2011

''Where is the value in top down consultant led development strategies, if existing
vibrant artist connected, community connected and artistically autonomous
institutions such as Pallas are allowed to be squeezed out of the city by the twin
pressure of private and municipal development?'

Mark Cullen: Pallas Studios Director

Pallas are leaders in the field of supporting innovative experimental art by
emerging artists. By fostering these dual creative spaces in this part of the city
for many years, Pallas have brought many different people into the area, as well as
contributing to the public and private spaces of the local residents. During this
time they have also undertaken many projects with young people in the area.

Although Pallas have never claimed to be a community based art organisation their
contribution to the local inner city community has been deemed invaluable in the
time they've been there. Pallas Heights brought life, art, and a sustained public
and media spotlight to an area of the city that has been marginalised and left in a
state of limbo for many years. It provided a challenging opportunity for many
important emerging artists; many of these have consequently represented Ireland on
the international stage.

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