The MART Team

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. 

Co Director / Curator

Matthew Nevin

Matthew Nevin is an Irish visual artist, designer and curator. Matthew completed a Degree in Film & TV and Scenography from UWA in 2006 and a Masters in Art in the Contemporary World from NCAD in 2012. While working alongside Ciara Scanlan since 2007 he has grown MART to be one of Ireland’s largest visual art studio providers and a leading art gallery dedicated to fostering and promoting contemporary visual art. He has curated over 40 exhibitions of emerging and established artists locally in The MART Gallery Dublin and internationally across Europe, USA and Japan. Matthew also works as an Film & Television Art Director and Designer in the UK, Ireland and the US. He has previously worked for the BBC, MTV, RTE, TG4, Element Pictures and ITV.

Gallery Manager / Curator

Deirdre Morrissey

Deirdre has extensive experience as a curator working with artists led initiatives for the last 10 years. She received a BA In Fine Art from DIT and  MA Vis in Visual Art Practices from DLIADT. She was a co-founder and co-director of The Market Studios, Dublin from 2008 – 2014. As well as managing the exhibition programme at Market Studios she was also involved in many off site and independent projects and was awarded Dublin City Council’s Emerging Curator Award in 2011. Following the closure of The Market Studios she moved to Belfast where she was a co-director at Platform Arts and then Administrator at Creative Exchange Artists’ Studios.

Studio Manager

Stephen O’Rourke

Stephen is an Dublin based artist. After completing an MA in Art in the Digital World in NCAD, he went on to be involved in several studio spaces music spaces and creative businesses as in Dublin which now includes working for MART. When he is not found working in and out of the Mart Studios, he can be found working in his own Studio printing lino and lithographs. 

Operation 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.

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.


Ewa Pypno

Ewa has been working in MART since 2018. She has been running the gallery successfully giving the artists the chance to create and the public an opportunity to come and enjoy. Ewa is originally from Poland where she 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.

Marketing Manager

Bernard O’Rourke

Bernard is on a mission to make sure you and our local and international followers know everything MART is up to and has done! Leading campaigns our Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Newsletter and Website – Bernard has a BA in English and Philosophy from NUI Maynooth and a Masters in Journalism from DIT. His journalism has appeared in The Visual Artists News Sheet, The Irish Independent, Totally Dublin, GoldenPlec, HeadStuff, among other places.