A very worthy gig takes place in Mr Bradley’s in Cork city tonight: a fundraiser for Cork Community PrintShop and Art for Blind records to help them open a disused warehouse as a community print shop and general resource for artists, musicians and other community groups. Formerly operating as Print Cabal, the studio is expanding to become Cork Community PrintShop, a screen printing studio with membership options, workshops, training, and the same collaborations with artists that was started with Print Cabal. It will also provide a commercial screen printing service, printing T-shirts, merchandise, posters, and artwork for customers. Profits generated by the studio are invested in community arts programs, with marginalised and underfunded youth and community groups.

Dany from Art for Blind said: “Over the past six months we have been quietly working away on the project of finding a new, permanent, physical space for Art For Blind and all our related activities. Recently the opportunity arose for us to join forces with Cork Community PrintShop (formerly Print Cabal) to open a disused warehouse in Cork city centre as a community print shop and general resource for artists, musicians and other community groups. This is exciting news for us as it gives us a base to focus on Art For Blind more closely as we hurtle towards our 10th year(!) as well as giving us an opportunity to work with like minded people in the city on joint projects. Since moving to Cork the label has moved forward significantly, releasing 14 records in the two years we have been in Ireland. Should all of our plans for the coming months bare fruit next year is shaping up to be even busier, which will include seeing us work with our first Cork acts, that’s something we will be back to tell you about very soon! With regard to the space, we are currently in the midst of a fundraising drive to enable our move and to aid the renovation of the building.”

So as park of said fundraising drive, two exciting local producers are coming together to play Mr Bradley’s tonight. Ellll is Ellen King, who supported Vessel and Wife in the TDC recently and blew me away. Mvestle, meanwhile, deals with improvised noise. There will also be DJs til late. It costs €5 and should be a great night. The poster for the gig is after the jump. Here’s the Facebook event page.