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Welcome to UCD Parity Studios.


Our mission is to facilitate collaborative projects and inspiring partnerships between artists and other researchers working across the traditional boundaries of their knowledge disciplines.


Developed as part of a collaborative partnership between artist Emer O Boyle and Professor of Astronomy Lorraine Hanlon, UCD Parity Studios began as an art and science initiative in 2012. By providing a dynamic model of interdisciplinarity at University, the programme is now university wide with residencies in Colleges including Arts and Humanities, Business, Engineering and Architecture, Science and Social Sciences and Law. There are three interrelated strands to the programme – the artists in residence programme, elective modules, and a public engagement programme of talks, exhibitions and performances. The success of this programme is dependent on the artists, academics, researchers and students who get involved in mutually inspiring exchanges of questions, ideas, knowledge and approaches to research and communication.


The studios based in UCD School of Physics have been converted from classroom laboratories and provide space for up to  seven artists each year. The artists are given access to UCD researchers, campus facilities and an artist's fee.


The genisis of UCD Parity Studios is the UCD Art in Science programme which continues at the core of the programme.

Collaboration is a key component in modern scientific and artistic practices. UCD Art In Science offers a collaborative module of exchange to students of Fine Art at NCAD and students of UCD Science, which explores the studio/laboratory relationship and how points of shared interest might be articulated through contemporary art practices. Their work together culminates each year in an art exhibition open to the public.


Here and  through  our social media accounts you can find regular notifications on our programme of events, open calls and insights into the work of our participating artists.

Emer is co-founder and Director of UCD Art In Science. An MA graduate of Fine Art Sculpture, National College of Art and Design, she holds a BA in Art and Design Education and another BA in Fine Art Painting.


Emer O Boyle

Lorraine is co-founder of UCD Art in Science and Professor of Astronomy at UCD.

Lorraine Hanlon


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