MART is an arts organisation founded in 2007 by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan. With the help of a skilled team, our mission is to provide creative art studios and promote contemporary art through an engaging curatorial programme to local and international audiences.
Gallery & Curation
Nevin & Scanlan have curated hundreds of artists through previous exhibitions, events, festivals and art fairs across Ireland, UK, Europe, USA & Japan. In 2012 the pair embarked on a 16 month journey to transform the old Rathmines Fire Station, launching two galleries in 2013 as a new home for contemporary art in Ireland. MART primarily supports sculpture, video, new media, installation and performance, art making practices that break new ground, that test and stretch the material and immaterial, and challenge conventions of ‘the norm’.
We are an artist-led, self-sustaining organisation for the development and promotion of contemporary art. We firmly believe in the self-determining artist and art organisation, as a vital societal and cultural catalyst.
We practice facilitative and collaborative methods of curation and art production, led by and for the artist, and their practice.
We develop creative platforms to support and challenge artists and as a means of promoting cultural leadership.
We support contemporary art through public engagement, while providing opportunities for artists through local and international exhibitions
We use methods of pooling resources, problem-solving, exchange and cooperation to resource art, develop and build artistic and civic communities.
We advocate for contemporary art, and the artist, through engagement with civic bodies, political representatives, public funding bodies, local and national businesses, national and international cultural bodies and institutions.
We seeks to create opportunities in which practitioners are encouraged to take risks and move beyond traditional models of exhibition and art-making.