About Our Studios



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Rathmines | Harolds Cross | Kilmainham | Crumlin | Blackpitts

MART Studios: Providing a space to support the production and exhibition of visual art.

Check Out our Available Studios Here.

Through MART Studios we pride ourselves on sustaining a community of studios that offer affordable, cooperative and professional environments for the development of all things cultural! We do this by working with local landlords and authorities to inhabit spaces that facilitate artists’ studios and workspaces for creatives. We cater to emerging and established practitioners with a range of studios and project spaces for all forms of creativity. We are the largest supplier of independent space for the arts, cultural and creative community in Ireland, now supporting 170 members in eight studio buildings across Dublin.  

Our members and studios have a strong impact on the local and national Creative Economy. Our studios have great transport links and neighbour some of Dublin’s best bars, cafés, restaurants & vintage shops.  At MART we redevelop buildings, work with local communities, attract and create jobs and improve localities through our main values:

  • Cultural Advocacy: We advocate for the arts and visual culture, promoting inspiration, education and freedom of expression. We develop creative platforms to support and challenge artists. We dedicate all of our activities to supporting creativity.
  • Community Building: We regenerate vacant and derelict buildings, allowing them to serve their locality. We create communities of artists allowing for opportunities of collaboration and support.
  • Sustainability: We operate as a self-supporting organisation and provide a safe studio environment allowing artists to concentrate on their work and sustain their practice in a dedicated space, free from worry.

All income generated by the organisation is invested back into our not-for-profit activities: creating platforms for artists through studios and exhibitions, building refurbishment, providing employment and encouraging the growth of artistic communities.

Key Statistics:

  • 50% Artists & 50% Creatives
  • 40% of our members work internationally
  • 60% of our members collaborate together
  • Main disciplines include: Visual Art, Illustration, Photography, Painting, Design, Creative Industries
  • 70% of our MART Studio Members believe having a studio has increased their growth and practice
  • Members use studios for: Creative Community | Collaboration | Professionalism | Raise Profile | Creative Working Environment | Push Boundaries | Peer Support | Less Isolation | Opportunity to Grow

Our Story:

MART was set up by artists for artists. It began in 2007 by Ciara Scanlan and Matthew Nevin as a way to create exhibition opportunities for emerging artists. MART seeks to create opportunities by providing creative platforms to support creatives from all stages of their careers to test new ground. As a curatorial partnership Ciara & Matthew have curated over 200 artists through 50 exhibitions across Ireland, UK, Europe, USA & Japan. In 2013 MART opened two art galleries in a converted old fire station in Rathmines, Dublin 6, and as of 2018 has become the largest provider of studios in Ireland.   

Public Opinion:

  • 70% believe MART has had large Dublin 6 & 8 cultural, social, economic growth in the past 5 years
  • 70% believe action should be taken to keep MART and similar organisations sustainable and open
  • 82% believe Studio Spaces like MART are vital in Dublin City
  • 80% believe MART’s Artistic Platforms rate 8/10

Solo & Shared:

MART is proud to provide a wide range of creative studios varying in sizes. We have small and large workshop spaces, contemporary studios and several large Georgian rooms with exposed brickwork and high ceilings. We cater to individuals, small groups and assist in pairing if you’re looking for a comrade to share with.

Benefits: 

  • No Bills.
  • Curator Visits.
  • Fire and burglar alarm, monitored 24hrs a day.
  • Superfast Broadband.
  • Parking where possible.
  • Monthly Members Group Critiques.
  • Regular Open Studio evenings.
  • Safe & Comfortable Space.
  • All Artists Featured on Website.
  • Free use of gallery space for personal use (documentation of work, photoshoots, rehearsals, etc) – max. four hours at a time up to twice a month (working hours only, subject to availability).
  • On The Radar For Exhibitions.
  • Access To Tools & Equipment.
  • Heart of Vibrant Creative Community.
  • Studio access from 7am to 11pm daily.
  • You can check out our Health & Safety Guidelines here.

As a Mart Member you’d have access to all of our COMMUNITY EVENTS. For example in 2017 that included BBQs, SMART TALKS (our series of industry talks with the VAI and Arts Council among others), Studio Crits and Opens Studio evenings

 To enquire about MART Studios, please email stephen@mart.ie.




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Kilmainham Gallery & Studios




76-77 Old Kilmainham, Kilmainham, Dublin 8


The nine studios of MART Kilmainham Gallery & Studios can be found in the calm surrounds of residential area old Kilmainham, a neighbourhood with a long history that is now on the doorstep of the Irish contemporary arts scene. The space is only a few minutes from walk from IMMA, and ten minutes from NCAD, with Kilmainham Gaol and St James’ Gate also located nearby. 

Transport

Bus routes 13, 40. Five minutes walk from James’ Luas stop, or ten minutes walk to Heuston Station. Twenty five minute walk from Dame street.

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Our Studio Members

Bridget Ryan | Kathy Herbert | tovivito | Julian King | Ruairi Heading | Andy Gaffney Fathers Of Western Thought | Ailbhe Murphy | Aoife Byrne | Joanna Hopkins | Jenny Keogh

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Tovivito

"tovivito" is a collaboration project between Toni Llorca & Vir Molina where they explore various audiovisual techniques inspired by their social concerns. Toni, inspired by his musical background uses K3 as his personal creative lab. Vir, is a freelance designer working essentially in interiors and events/ set design projects. She is also opening new creative landscapes with her own jewellery design & art collection.

Scott Leeson

I am a filmmaker, actor and theatremaker currently based in Dublin. I mainly like to create short, snappy pieces letting the visuals speak for themselves. Some of my past work has been with Dublin Youth Theatre on the show Rising along with various short films and music videos. scottleesonfilms.myportfolio.com

Kathy Herbert

Kathy Herbert is an artist with 30 years experience. Her work is mainly sculpture and drawings. The themes explored throughout her practice centre on the human connections and interactions with the Earth and how art can articulate that relationship. kathyherbert.ie


Joanna Hopkins

Joanna Hopkins is a visual artist working with video, installation, drawing and interactive art. She explores digital technology and psychology, experimenting with multiple mediums to create interactive video installations to explore digital society. She has exhibited across Ireland, UK, Europe, USA & Asia. She has been commissioned and funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Mayo County Council, Galway City Council and the SFI. Web: joannahopkins.com Twitter: @joannahopkins


Aoife Byrne

Aoife Byrne is a Student of Photography in DIT. She is currently working on a project focusing on artists, living, working and showcasing their work in Ireland. She is taking photographs of the artists with their work in studios, pubs or exhibitions, really anywhere the artists have their work. The photographs all are unique, as the artists choose the location and this makes all of shoots different. Lighting changes, the art changes and the person changes, this creates a different atmosphere though out the images. That is the reason she shoots portraits due to the spontaneity and capturing the one singular moment in time. A moment in time can never be recaptured as it is simply that a moment, it will never happen again in that exact way and should be treasured. It is not the photographs that are interesting it is the people that make the photographs happen. She has many other interests both in photography and many other fields.
Facebook @aoifesphotography