Exchange of Ideas

Shandon Studios are about providing more than just physical space to work in, because artists need to be around a community of some sort in order to thrive. Exchange of ideas, collaboration and diversity of disciplines allows cross- fertilisation of ideas and results in innovative projects which enhance both individual artists practice and enrich the community  

Art serves as a language of its own, enabling individuals and communities to express their unique experiences, values, and perspectives. Collaboration among diverse artists & diciplines underpin essential platforms for challenging stereotypes, reclaiming narratives, and exploring the complexities of cultural identity.
Through artistic interpretations, cultural symbols, and creative expressions, artists navigate the intersections of tradition and modernity, challenging preconceived notions and inviting dialogue within the community

Kim Ling Morris 

 Creating tales of things and other places

Starting life in the UK, Kim-Ling Morris has lived in Africa and South-East Asia then in Europe as an adult before settling in Cork, Ireland. Although a Biochemical Engineer for nearly 20 years, Morris developed her art practice in parallel. She began with sculpture in Leamington Spa, UK, continuing at the École Duperré, Paris, France, also exhibiting in France. She has gained her Fine Art Textiles Special Purpose Award at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork, Ireland, where she has exhibited nationally. In 2011, Kim-Ling Morris became one of three co-founding directors of Sample-Studios where she now retains the role of financial manager. She is a member and Treasurer of the Cork Textiles Network and is on the board of the Design and Craft Council of Ireland.​

Abstract mixed media and recycle artist.

Mick O Shea

 Mick O’Shea lives and works in Cork city and is a member and director of the Cork Artists Collective and The Guesthouse and has been instrumental in establishing a vibrant and growing sound art scene in Cork city. He has exhibited in UK, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Tasmania, USA, China and Japan. He studied instrument physics in C.I.T. and works as an instrument technician in UCC.

All of his works spring from his essential experience in drawing. His medium includes sculpture, drawing, sound and cooking.

In 2003 O’Shea and fellow artist Stephen Brandes and Irene Murphy set up the collaborative practice, The Domestic Godless which, through performative cooking events, explores culinary activity as art practice and tests assumptions about the cultural traditions of food in challenging and often irreverent and absurdist ways.

Sound Artist 

Mary P O Connor

Mary P O Connor studied at the Crawford College of Art Cork and the Royal College of Art London. She has exhibited widely in Europe and the USA and her work is held in many private and public collections. She has received numerous awards both for Art & Photography including from GPA ( Guinness Peat Aviation), Elizabeth T Greenshields, Madame Tussauds, RHA ( Royal Hibernian Academy) & RA ( Royal Academy)

Mary is represented by Treadwells Gallery in Vienna & Berlin and Pyms Gallery in London. Marys work has always been concerned with social and political themes and pushing her audience to react. In 2007 she became a Buddhist nun and her work has gradually become more reflective, concerned more with inner emotions, change making and sense of place within the broader human family. Her spiritual practice feeds into her artistic practice & visa versa

Painter / Photographer / Artistic Director

Xeropulse Media /Shannon Bowman

Photographer, videographer, audio engineer, and composer

My aesthetic is inspired by indie horror, and analog technology

Multi media artist / Composer / Sound Lab Director

Billy Foley 

Billy Foley b1961 studied at the Crawford College of Art and Design 1980-1985. Based in Cork City, Foley has exhibited regularly in Ireland over the past ten years and has had several major exhibitions in the Netherlands and Belgium. He is a studio holder and director of the Cork Artists Collective and founder project manager of The Guest House Shandon. Foley has been a part-time Art facilitator with Cork Prison since 1994. Current exhibitions and projects include: RHA, Ashford Gallery, Dublin, 2013.

Field of vision: Lewis Glucksman Gallery, 2011. Qua Art – Qua Science. The University Of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands 2008. Fenton Gallery Cork and Galerie Beeld & Aambeeld, Netherlands. 2000-2013

He has received awards and funding from The Arts Council of Ireland and The Department of Foreign Affairs Cultural Relations Committee and The Cork City Council. His work is represented in many private and public collections including, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Bank of Ireland, Arts Council Of Ireland, and the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork. 


Bunker Studio / Sound Lab

A recording studio with an ethos of warmth in sound and environment led by John Dwyer of Bunker Vinyl and Xeropulse Media

New and vintage equipment will be available to use under the supervision of our resident engineer.

Creating a space for bands to record that 1st demo or album, fostering talent in a professional recording enviroment with mentoring from a core group of sound designers and electronic musicians.

Sound Artist / Sound Engineer

Jess Sweetnam

In the realm where arts and passion meet, Jess, a director, takes her lofty seat.

From hotels to choirs, a vibrant blend, Life’s symphony through her efforts extend.

In forties’ grace, she dons the leader’s role, Crafting visions that illuminate the soul.

A life coach’s touch, a guiding hand, Transforming concepts into art so grand. 

With customer service as her learned art, She weaves connections from each loving heart.

In volunteer work and the choir’s embrace, Jess molds a community with boundless grace.

Through notes and colors, her canvas unfolds, A sonnet of a life where love enfolds.

-AI generated poem 

Creator / Managing Director / Diversity Director

Jason Butler

I am a painter and singer song writer. I am a Crawford graduate with a BA in Fine Art. I am currently in my final year for a BA in Popular Music.

I have been interested in music since early childhood and I began making songs and pictures in my early teens. My understanding of art increased through my studies and I began to use the methods discovered by artists in the 20th century  allowing me to delve deep into my subconscious and imagination thus creating new ideas and exciting explorations.

I paint Colourful Abstractions based on Music, Fashion, Mysteries and the Figure. I have held a number of public exhibitions in places such St. Peter’s North Main Street and UCC and I aim for a big exhibition once or twice a year.

Painter / Musician / Composer 

Inma Pavon

Inma Pavon is a Spanish multidisciplinary artist, choreographer, and a dance and art facilitator based in Cork. She holds a BA (Physical Education for Primary School, Granada), a MA (Contemporary Dance Performance, UL) and a MPhil (Creative Dance/Art Practice, UCC). She is a dance member at the International Dance Council UNESCO and a Contemporary Affiliate Dance Teacher Member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (UK). She is the director of InmaPavonDanceCo (adults Contemporary Dance classes/workshops) and a lecturer with id+Project and Theatre Studies at UCC. She was the ‘Creative Dance Artist in Residence’ with The Rory Gallagher Music Library Cork in 2023. She was commissioned a new piece by the Glucksman Gallery UCC, Art Movements, which has been included in the UCC Arts Collection

Artist / Choreographer /  Dance and Art Facilitator

A.N. Other 

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Artist / Musician / Multi Disciplinary Practice

About Shandon Street

Tradition is one way to sum up the uniqueness of Shandon Street. Despite being a physical street, one can stroll down (or clamber up !), the thoroughfare holds a special part in the hearts of all Corkonians. The legacy of by-gone days is rich. The street was established by the Anglo-Normans as a thoroughfare to give access to North Gate Drawbridge and was originally known as Mallow Lane.

Shandon Street locals identify with the special old qualities of the street. Different architectural styles such reflect not only the street’s long history but also Cork’s past –

Extract from Cllr Kieran McCarthy’s website about Cork City …. 

The Dragon of Shandon

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” 

  • Charles Bukowski