Over the Line Studios is a fine art and ceramic studios located in Ballyvolane on the North Ring Road, Cork City. Situated behind Glenline Interiors, in a purpose built professional workshop space, and is home to over 13 artists at any time. The studios facilitates a range of disciplines; from ceramics, pottery and sculpture to photography, painting and design.
How it began: In 2015, as artists Jennifer Ahern, Jean-Philippe Levillain and Andrew Whitelaw were graduating from Crawford College of Art and Design, they found a need in Cork for studios, particularly ones that catered for ceramics, in order to continue their art practices. That summer they were lucky enough to stumble across an empty furniture making workshop, a really large space with amazing light and lots of potential! After a lot of hard work and preparation, Over The Line Studios opened their doors in November 2015:
"The inspiration was to create a studios/collective that not only provides equipment and a workspace, but also an environment and community that supports and facilitates the exchange of skills and knowledge in the hope to create opportunities that further the professional development of the resident artists"
Behind the name: Over the Line has a few meanings, but what it captures the most is the multidisciplinary ethos of the studios, a place where art, craft and design can co-exist, with no distinct lines between them. A place where artists and designers at different stages of their career can get their work 'over the line' and a nod to our partners Glenline, for providing our home.
Since opening, Over the Line Studios has supported and launched a number of successful artists' careers and businesses and with the help of our residents, has created a supportive and creative community that continues on long after their time with us.
We are extremely grateful to the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council for their continued support