MART Gallery & Studios is an artist-led arts organisation based in Dublin founded in 2007. Our mission is to be a leading advocate for the arts by providing sustainable creative art studios and to promote contemporary visual art through an engaging curatorial programme, to local and international audiences.
MART Directors Ciara Scanlan & Matthew Nevin have curated and supported hundreds of artists through previous exhibitions, events, festivals and art fairs across Ireland, UK, Europe, USA & Japan. In 2013 the pair transformed the old Rathmines Fire Station into two galleries as a new home for contemporary art in Ireland. MART supports artists working across all disciplines, while providing an emphasis to those working in sculpture, video, new media, installation and live art making practices, who break new ground, who test and stretch the material and immaterial, and who challenge conventions of ‘the norm’.
MART has recently launched a sister organisation CIACLA – The Contemporary Irish Arts Center in Los Angeles, which promotes Irish art to an American audience alongside local artists through a multidisciplinary arts programme in collaboration with local and international cultural partnerships.
MART is the largest supplier of artist studios and sustainable workspace for the creative community in Dublin. We support on average over 125 members in seven studio buildings! We do this by working with local landlords and authorities to refurbish spaces that can facilitate artists’ studios and workspaces for creatives. Through a range of studio spaces we cater to emerging and established practitioners working in all forms of creativity, who in turn provide a strong cultural and economic impact on the local and national creative economy.
Our programming is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Arts Office, Culture Ireland and Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.