MART Fire Station Gallery & Studios



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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.

Location

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.

The Building

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.

Transport 

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.

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Our Studio Members

Shane Berkery | Patricia O'Malley | Ciara King | Sinead Hollywoodnutt | Elise Missal | Sophie Murphy | Guida Riba Rovira | Seamus Bradley | Priscilla Robinson | Rudi Wolf | Emmet Doherty | Jane Frew | David Coonan

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Seamus Bradley

Seamus' work uses a number media, including lens media, electronics, live performance, software and sculptural installation. Issues surrounding the nature of chaos and the philosophy of Absurdism inform the work. aroomforimprovement.org 


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Shane Berkery

I am a painter based in Dublin and a graduate of NCAD. I am half Japanese, half Irish and I have lived in America, Japan and Ireland. My main objective in painting is to create an intense sense of presence in both the depicted figure within the painting, and the painting within the space it is displayed. In trying to achieve this I have several streams of work. The main one takes inspiration from old photographs that my Japanese grandparents took when they were my age. The other streams of work include figure studies and working from my own personal photographs. Check out my work at shaneberkery.com

 
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Priscilla Robinson

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. www.helpmehelpme.com 

Elise Missall

I am a mosaic artist 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.

Sophie Murphy

Sophie is the founding director of Taproot Art, a gallery and art advisory service. She hosts exhibitions in different settings throughout Europe representing contemporary visual artists from Ireland and abroad. taprootart.com

David Coonan

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. soundcloud.com/david-coonan




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Video Interviews with the Artists of Destroy These Walls




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.