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. 


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.


Our Studio Members

Bridget Ryan | Julia Doherty | tovivito | Ruairi Heading | Andy Gaffney | Scott Leeson | Aoife Byrne | Joanna Hopkins | Paul Rosser | Michael Mangan | Jenny Keogh


Product Developer

Julia Doherty

Julia is a Product Developer working at the intersection of textiles and technology. Her expertise in product development comes from her back round of garment and textile design development, product development and production management across the UK, China, and Ireland. Her work is primarily focused around understanding the inherent relationships between product performance technology and human experience and how this can be translated into better design for better futures.

Filmmaker / Actor

Scott Leeson

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.




Aoife Byrne

Aoife Byrne is an artist currently based in Dublin. She works with multiple mediums including photography, painting and three dimensional work.

Visual Artist

Joanna Hopkins

Through video, installation and interactive work, I explore how the advancement of digital technology affects the way we are developing and changing as a society. My practice is influenced by psychology, exploring the inner workings of the brain and the idea of empathy. I experiment with video and lens-based media as an interactive platform to question how society views itself in this digital world. My practice intends to make the viewer uneasy, uncomfortable participants in an artwork. Through this process I question the possibilities of subverting a viewer’s sense of perception and reality, and how this affects the way we see ourselves. My current research is focused on exploring the idea of memory, how it can be altered, adapted and evolve based on environment and circumstances. If we as sentient beings are the sum of our own subjective memories, how is this reflected in an increasingly documented world?

Visual Artist / Filmmaker

Jenny Keogh

Jenny Keogh is a visual artist and independent filmmaker. Alongside her personal film work based in documentary and Irish language and culture, she also produces short promo-films for Creative, Artisan and
Small Independent Businesses.

Visual Artist

Paul Rosser

My work records and documents the structures and patterns of human Interaction with our environment by isolating the three tonal frequencies of Anthrophoney sound. Anthrophoney is the sound of manmade or physical interaction within a soundscape. Isolating its three key tonal frequencies the work makes the viewer aware of the sounds they make when present within a space but not often heard in isolation. These sounds are most prevalent when we interact with public space making the viewer’s participation and aural experience or lack thereof central to the work. Space is an instrument played in time by those who inhabit it, a collective experience of sound, time and interaction, framing the sound and orientation of the work differently each time.


all shimmers here - Ali Kirby and Cliodhna Timoney

all shimmers here

 The MART Gallery, Rathmines

27 October – 12 November, 2016

Ali Kirby and Cliodhna Timoney will both present new work in this upcoming two person exhibition selected through the Fire Station Artist’s Studios Residency Award 2016.

Kirby’s sculptural interventions will respond directly to the architecture transforming the physical space of the front gallery with large scale works that draw our attention to colour, scale and presence, while Timoney will exhibit a family of objects manifested through a process of trial and error. These objects relate to the encounter between the manufactured and the handmade and the interaction between body and material. This family will materialize as an installation in MART’s back gallery. This exhibition will be accompanied by a text by Lucy Elvis.

Ali Kirby (b. Dublin, Ireland) graduated in 2014 with first class honours in Fine Art from LSAD, specialising in Sculpture & Combined Media. Kirby is the recipient of the Fire Station Artist’s Studios Sculpture Workshop Award & Bursary 2016 and the RHA Studio Residency Award 2015. Recent exhibitions include Describing Architecture – Memory and Place (2015) City Assembly House, Dublin, the 185th RHA Annual Exhibition (2015) Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Periodical Review #4 (2015) Ormston House, Limerick, Periodical Review #4 (2014) Pallas ProjectsDublin, Essays for the House of Memory (2014) Ormston House, Limerick, Single Channel (2013) Chartier Arts Venue, Connecticut, USA, Undertow (2012) the LAB, Dublin and Undertow (2011) Ormston House, Limerick.

Cliodhna Timoney (b.1993) is a visual artist currently based between Donegal and Dublin. Since graduating from IADT Visual Arts Practice with a first class honours in 2015, Timoney joined the Board of Directors of 126 Artist Run Gallery and subsequently was awarded the Fire Station Artist’s Studios Sculpture Award 2016. Recent exhibitions include ‘Very Good Waves Now’ Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2016), ‘A Knowing Nature’, The Dock, Leitrim (2016), ‘IADT Graduate Exhibition’, Dublin (2015) ‘The Beholder’s Share, IMMA, Dublin (2015),’Have a nice Life’,Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Helsinki (2014) and ‘ An Awkward Encounter, Galleria FAFA,Helsinki (2014).

This Exhibition was kindly supported by Fire Station Artist Studios Dublin and MART Gallery Rathmines.

all shimmers here MART