La Catedral Studios and The Back Loft are members of mutantspace arts skills exchange and are an arts space based in Dublin
La Catedral Studios is a space for the arts in a raw Victorian industrial building located at the heart of one of Dublin’s oldest quarters, the Liberties. Named after a Milonga venue in Buenos Aires due to its founders’ keen interest in tango and the alternative artistic culture of that city, La Catedral Studios now houses 24 artists’ studios and a multidisciplinary space (the Back Loft) for artistic and creative projects.
Established in 2005 by Antonella Scanu and Costanzo Idini, La Catedral Studios is a self-funded labour of love by its proprietors and an army of friends who worked on the painstaking restoration of a derelict space to its former glory. Minimally refurbished to preserve the raw texture of its previous charm, the Back Loft space is conceived as an informal and unconventional artists’ playground which embraces any art-related project, from art exhibitions, live art events and salons to theatre plays, rehearsals and drama workshops, dance, life drawing, photoshoots, film locations, video projections etc.
The Back Loft is open to both individual and group projects, work in progress and experimental, adventurous site-specific work, and is an ideal springboard for emerging artists.
As a space for hire, the Back Loft has been a venue for the Dublin Fringe Festival, Balkan Arts Festival, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Culture Night and Dance Ireland, final year exhibitions by students from NCAD, Dun Laoghaire IADT, DIT and the Gaiety School of Acting, and numerous shows by emerging and established artists from Ireland, Poland, France, Argentina, Australia and Italy.
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