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clonlea studios is set in the suburbs of south Dublin. In the mid 1970s, with an idealistic vision of future potential, Clonlea and its grounds were taken on by a psychiatrist, an astronomer, a sculptor and a yogi. It has since become an ongoing project, changing and developing out from ideas of what it can offer. It is currently part public and part private with a strange meeting of artists studios, yoga studios and living spaces, some of which fluctuate between all three uses. More of a retreat than an art venue, clonlea studios seeks to utilise its unusual context for artistic experimentation. Yet, rather than promoting a withdrawal from the world into its seclusion or producing a site of passive cultural consumption, it seeks to prompt active and critical engagement by inviting constructive interruption, reflection and transformation; opening its space into a dynamic meeting space for diverse practices and public participation.

The original building was built by Percy Le Clerc in 1946 with a 600 pound grant. Le Clerc was responsible for the conservation of national monuments and buildings. When it came to building his own house however, Le Clerc designed a distinctly modern building and claimed it was the first of its kind in Dublin. Some of itʼs engineering remains a curiosity.

 

 

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