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A natural selection
100 aspects of the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
An exhibition from the Graphic Art Studio
Friday 15th November – Thursday 5th December

Graphic Studio Dublin have commissioned a fabulous collection of 100 new fine art prints by 100 artists. Each print is inspired by different aspects of the National Botanic Gardens Dublin and at Kilmacurragh. This ambitious project is a fundraising initiative to support the Graphic Studio Dublin. The images are stunning in their range and breadth. Each is printed on a specific weight and type of paper, and the images range from botanical records, to remarkable conceptual works, each exploring the timeless link between botany and and art. Printmakers from all over Ireland, North & South, as well as international artists from Poland, Finland, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, UK, Israel, Holland, and Sweden have contributed to this unique project in their own individual way. All participating artists have agreed to allow their work to be purchased at a very low special price, enabling our visitors to own a beautiful work of art for just €100. Every print is limited to an edition of 100.

Anne Anderson
Fritillaria Imperialis

Niamh McGuinne
Ribs and Boughs

Paul Fitters
Daily in the gallery space of the visitor centre. Admission Free.

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 9am to 4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4.30pm

Come meet the artists from the Graphic Studio to get an insight into the intricacies of the process of how the pieces in our exhibition 'A Natural Selection' are produced. Demonstrations take place at 2.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the exhbition.

Saturday 16 November
Jenny Lane: Woodblock
Robert Russell: Etching and Mezzotint

Sunday 17 November
Cliona Doyle: Etching and Drawing
Paul Fitters: Printing and Etching

Saturday 23 November
Gráinne Cuffe: Drawing
Louise Leonard: Linocut

Sunday 24 November
Siobhán Hyde: Etching and Printing an etching

Saturday 30 November
Susan Early: Aquatint and Printing an etching
Elke Thonnes: Embossing

Sunday 1 December
Clare Henderson and Niamh Flanagan Mobile Print Project

Louise Leonard
Pine Hill

Cliona Doyle

Jean Bardon


Graphic Studio Dublin was founded in 1960 to teach traditional fine art printmaking and to provide facilities for professional artists to practice in this tradition. From a starting point in a basement in Mount St in Dublin, Graphic Studio Dublin now operates from “Distillery House”, a former Whiskey Distillery on the North Circular Road. A wide variety of print-making techniques are employed by the studio members in their art practice, including etching, lithography, woodcut, linocut, carborundum and photopolymer. Graphic Studio Gallery showcases fine art prints in our Gallery in Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin.

Over the last fifty plus years, Graphic Studio Dublin has grown in stature and reputation, and has collaborated with major cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Ireland, the Chester Beatty Library, and with many well known artists in Ireland and internationally.

Continuing in this tradition of collaboration with major cultural institutions, in November 2013, we are delighted to show “A Natural Selection” at the National Botanic Gardens Dublin. This is an opportunity for all those who appreciate art and botany to acquire an original work of art at a modest price, in the knowledge that a percentage of the proceeds will go to support Graphic Studio Dublin.

Graphic Studio Dublin is funded by the Arts Council. The exhibition has been organized by the GSD Botanic Fundraising committee, a group of artists based in GSD.

See more prints here at the Natural Selection Facebook page.