MART Fire Station Gallery & Studios


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.

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.


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 | Jane Frew | David Coonan | Milena Matejko | Kathy Herbert


Visual Artist

Shane Berkery

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.

Writer and Performer

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. 

Visual Artist

Seamus Bradley

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

Elise Missall

 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.

Musician / Composer

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.

Visual Artist

Guida Ribé

Healing people’s hearts with creative expression

Visual Artist

Milena Matejko

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.

Visual Artist

Kathy Herbert

My studio is a place where I read and draw and generally plan my art activities. I design my projects loosely, and then they develop through the doing of the work itself. The work is often made out of doors, and then finished in the studio. Sculpture works are generally made in a sculpture facility such as Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

Mapping and documenting is a technique I use regularly and I have made a number of works this way such as the piece “Shifting Sands”. This approach is an essential methodology in my practice; one where I walk a certain distance over a number of days, noting what I see and where it is. Another such work is “Blanchardstown Walking” It is a study in observation. I call this work “Walking Books”.

Drawing and sculpture form the main of my work. The drawings are often large as in “Giant Drawing” (1.5m x 10m). My sculptures can be anything from stonecarving as in “All We’ve Got”, to ephemeral works involving other people, for example “Leaf Kites”. See website for images.

Visual Artist

Caroline O’Toole

I’m a part time artist with an interest in painting and mixed media. I’m primarily interested in perception, illusion and brain function.

Visual Artist, Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Mark McColgan

I work as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, I received a B.F.A from R.I.S.D and have worked for a variety of companies including RocaWare, EPIC Ireland, Vikings Television Show, Image Now, The Project arts centre and the R.S.C.I. I work in digital and traditional media, preferably mixing them together.
I love and hate pop culture.


Glitch Festival Dublin 2017

2 MAY – 10 JUNE

RUA RED Gallery, Tallaght

Curated by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan of MART.
Assistant curator: Deirdre Morrissey

Feat. David Beattie, Livestock, Cliona Harmey, Robin Price, David Lunney, Richard Forrest, Cathy Coughlan and Cécile Babiole.


Glitch Festival is celebrating its 6th year and has grown into Ireland’s foremost digital arts festival. We work to bring the best of digital arts practices to the fore. Glitch Festival brings leading media and technology artists, curators and artist groups together with audiences to draw out connections between art, culture and technology with the aim of fostering greater critical understanding and debate around artist’s interaction, investigation and intersection with technologies.

More Information.

Glitch 2017 Poster

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