The MART Team

Co Director / Curator

Matthew Nevin

Matthew Nevin is an Artist, Curator, and Co-Director of The MART Gallery & Studios Dublin and Contemporary Irish Art Center Los Angeles (CIACLA). As a cultural producer he is devoted to providing artists with the support, guidance and resources they need to create and display art. His aim is to generate experiences that inspire curiosity while challenging perceptions and promoting the arts.

Through MART he supports over 150 studio members across eight buildings in Ireland’s largest studio network. Matthew works closely with artists at all stages of their career and has curated over 60 exhibitions in Ireland, UK, Central Europe, USA and Japan, leading projects on national, European and international projects for MART, CIACLA, PQ, IrelandWeek, EUCIA and Imagine Ireland.

Matthew is a passionate advocate for the arts, with a keen interest in sculpture, installation, experimental film and performance art. Through his own artwork, such as ‘The Core Project’, he looks to create conversation and dialogue about key world issues, directly connecting the audience with a relatable narrative. He has a particular interest in the creation of spaces and projects that break down barriers and maintain an inclusive ethos.

Matthew completed a Degree in Film & TV and Scenography from University of Wales Aberystwyth and a Masters in Art in the Contemporary World from National College of Art & Design Dublin. He also works as a Film & Television Art Director and Designer in the UK, Ireland and the US and has previously worked for the BBC, MTV, RTE, TG4, Element Pictures and ITV.

Matthew has secured funding from Culture Ireland, Arts Council of Ireland, Kildare, Galway & Dublin City Councils, Visual Artists Ireland, IFA Germany, Alliance Francaise, David Manley Awards, JEC Fund, Dept of Foreign Affairs Ireland, Creative Ireland and received a commission from Ralph Lauren.

Co Director / Curator

Ciara Scanlan

Ciara Scanlan is an Artist and Curator based in Dublin. She holds a Masters in Art in the Digital World from NCAD Dublin and graduated from Crawford College of art in 2005 with a First class BA in Fine Art. In her Art practice she is interested in the ever-present force of the media and its ability to both unify and segregate society. Ciara works primarily through the medium of Video, performance, web based interventions. She is a founding Director of MART since 2007; a multidisciplinary arts organisation that is committed to the development and promotion of Contemporary Visual Arts. 

Office Manager

Gay Murphy

Gay has experience working in Community Theatre projects and was Co founder of Bualadh Bos Productions a theatre/event company which operated from 2000/2008. Gay is also an experienced Administrator, P.A. and Manager having worked in the corporate and retail sectors. But she is happiest working in the Arts and is therefore very pleased to have joined the Mart Team.

Marketing Manager

Bernard O’Rourke

Bernard O’Rourke is the marketing manager for MART Gallery & Studios and the Contemporary Irish Arts Center Los Angeles (CIACLA). Specialising in new media and digital marketing, Bernard has coordinated global marketing campaigns promoting the contemporary arts to Irish and international audiences. As a journalist, he has written for The Visual Artists News Sheet, The Irish Independent, Magill, Totally Dublin, GoldenPlec, and HeadStuff. His fiction has appeared in The Tangerine, Spelk, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, The Honest Ulsterman, The Bohemyth, and Wordlegs. His work has also been shortlisted for the Ó Bhéal Poetry Film Prize and the Doolin Writers’ Weekend Video Poetry Prize.

Bernard has a BA in English and Philosophy from Maynooth University and a MA in Journalism from Technological University Dublin.

Operations & Finance Manager

Edward Sheehy

Edward is our studio master, he knows all the buildings inside out and here to answer any of your questions on our wonderful portfolio of studios. He has a background in Animation and Illustration.


Ewa Pypno

Ewa received a MA in Art History in University of Wroclaw. Since 2008 she has been based in Dublin where she has worked on several projects including digitisation and indexing of XIX century books in Trinity College Dublin. Prior to her work in MART Ewa worked in Ranelagh Arts Center where she was responsible for organising and facilitating exhibitions and also undertaking administrative tasks.

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