About us

About Us



Working Artist Studios is a much loved independent gallery and arts epicentre in Ballydehob (until 2018 in Skibbereen). It’s a building run by artists for artists & art lovers and combining artist studios, gallery spaces, a print room, and “Tailors Hall”: a multi purpose project space.

Working Artist Studios has been dedicated to the support of emerging and established professional artists since its beginnings in 2000. More than that, WAS is a flow of energy and a creative network of like minded people. Our studios are open to the public on an ‘open door’ policy: if the door is open, you can come in, talk with the artist and see their work in progress. WAS offers a vibrant all-year-round programme of exhibitions, workshops, events, art happenings and artist’s talks from artists both emerging and established, as well as our popular poetry & music nights hosting a number of top profile Irish and international poets.


We look forward to welcoming you all, old friends and new, to our marvellous premises on Main St. – under the awning!

Our mission is: 

to promote art and creativity as a viable way of life, by providing a bright, dynamic space for art to grow naturally and for our local community to connect with and experience it.


We are passionate about art and we believe that “Art evolves around a need”. We believe that “need” to be very personal and individual. 

We believe that art is the way to live and we want to inspire others to believe that everything can be learnt through art and play… it’s obvious, folks!

Through our work, we want to:

  1. create a vibrant, open space for working artists and the community to connect with each other
  2. foster free expression and experimentation through short term artist studio space
  3. showcase the work of fellow artists and support their development through beautifully curated, imaginative exhibitions
  4. increase our community’s access and participation to the arts via our programme of events and workshops for families, schools and community groups
  5. inspire children and young people to learn through art and play
  6. promote our local area and encourage cultural collaborations and exchange through our residency programme


WAS Team!