190a Rathmines Rd Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6
The eight studios in MART’s Fire Station Gallery & Studios are bespoke visual art Studios based in the landmark Old Fire Station on the Rathmines Road. With large bright windows, high ceilings, exposed brickwork and creative patchwork from years of renovations it really is an inspiring place to work.
Located close to a range of cafes (Farmer Brown’s, 250 Square, Grove Road Cafe, Pot Bellied Pig, Starbucks), bars (Blackbird, The Bowery, Slattery’s, Mother Reilly’s), restaurants (Manifesto, Hey Donna, Umi), banks (Bank of Ireland, Permanent TSB, AIB), shops (Artmines art supplies, Fallon & Byrne) and amenities (library, gym, swimming pool). A few minutes walk from the Grand Canal & Portobello Harbour, a beautifully scenic stretch of the city that becomes a buzzing social hub in summer months.
From the exterior, the large red doors are an eye-catching reminder of the history of the building and open to reveal the MART’s main gallery. Above this, located in the former Georgian home, are the MART’s very first studios. Featuring exposed brickwork, wooden floors, and the cosy, lived-in feel of a building with a long history, these studios are home to a range of visual artists, designers and photographers.
The Fire Station is situated on bus routes 14, 15, 65, 83, 140, 142. Five minutes from Charlemont Luas stop. Twenty minutes walk from Dublin City Centre.
Our Studio Members
Shane Berkery | Patricia O’Malley | Ciara King | Sinead Hollywoodnutt | Elise Missal | Guida Riba Rovira | Seamus Bradley | Priscilla Robinson | Rudi Wolf | Emmet Doherty | Jane Frew | David Coonan
In my paintings I primarily deal with the human figure. I currently have two distinct sources of imagery, one being old family photos from my Japanese side and the other, photos that I have taken myself. Despite the huge generational and geographical gap between the subjects, I am overcome by the sense of congruity in the human experience between the two. I draw on this and seek to create figures that are truly palpable and universally evoke a sense of ‘realness’.
I like to consider my work in terms of the totality of my oeuvre (including future paintings), rather than isolated complete pieces. I take this approach because I am determined to become utterly fluent in visual language and consider it my mission in painting to reach that point. Each piece is a study into the visual mechanisms that allows for that ‘realness’ to be translated into a two-dimensional image; the relationship between the various languages of paint (representation, abstraction, colour, composition and degree of completion) are carefully scrutinised and studied. From the purely representational figures in my photographic source material, I hope to extract the sensation of presence and distill that into viscerally ‘real’ beings on canvas.
I make interactive, off-site work like “The Robinsons’ Sunday Roadshow Café” and the “help me! help me!” charity shop where I swapped 600+ my things for help. And I make shows like “KuddelMuddel”, which I performed in my flat, and “The Show about The Show” which starred my mother.
Seamus Bradley works in a variety of media, currently focusing performing arts of storytelling, spoken word and music. Having exhibited installation and live art extensively in the past, his main project at the moment is the facilitation of performing artists through his involvement in the Circle Sessions non-profit.
mosaic artist I am a from Hamburg, Germany. I work with mixed materials, mainly upcycled ceramics and glass, but also assorted metals and stone. I have a strong interest in the broken, the discarded and unwanted, and take joy in collecting and assembling these materials into a new form. While I have mainly worked on usable items (mirrors, tables, bowls and plates), current exploration is leading me toward 3D mosaic, sculptures and installations.
As a composer I’ve written music for a wide variety of situations, including orchestral music, chamber ensembles, choral and vocal, and music for theatre and dance. In recent years I’ve worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra, RTE Contempo Quartet, and for the Abbey Theatre.
As an artist and Art Therapist my work is in constant dialogue between these two practices, blurring the boundaries between what is art making and what is art therapy. The theme of the unconscious is ever present in my painting practice, using art based research to further understand the human experience. Most recently my work centres around the idea of womanhood.
Healing people’s hearts with creative expression
Milena Matejko is a freelance digital illustrator and painter with a background in fine art media. She works in digital drawing, currently specifying in portraiture and branding. Milena also creates abstract paintings inspired by nature, exploring themes of light, darkness and hope. In the past she has worked in interactive, multi-media installation such as The Public Diary.
I am an Art therapist, and work within the field of psychotherapy and well-being. I also support this work with on-going creative projects and collaborations with other therapists and artists.
As part of our 2017 programme – Destroy These Walls – MART filmed interviews with some of the participating artists.
They discussed their process, the effect of the exhibitions on our gallery space, and their response to our programme.