Malpas Street Gallery & Studios



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2/3 Argus House, Malpas Street, Blackpitts, Dublin 8


The six studios in MART’s Malpas Street Gallery & Studios are based in a historic block on the edge of the Liberties, located close to NCAD, as well as a range of cafes (The Fumbally, Two Pups, Cathedral Cafe), bars (John Fallon’s, The Headline, Whelan’s, Against the Grain), and restaurants (Sova Vegan Butcher, Boojum, Konkan). This cosy former office space is now home to a range of artists and creative professionals working across a number of disciplines.

The Building

Situated on the upper floor of an office block, this building has windows on two sides for lots of light and great views of the Liberties skyline. A large shared kitchen and social space gives studio members the opportunity to get to know their neighbours.

Transport

The Malpas Street studio is situated on bus routes 49, 54a, or five minutes walk to 27, 56a, 77a, 150 and 151. Fifteen minutes walk from St Stephen’s Green Luas Stop.

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 Our Studio Members

Gum Collective | Patrick Cullivan | Daire Irwin | Sean Clarke | Owen Costello | Michael Bruce | Elma Fenton | Mags Harnett | Ellen Kirk | Emma Connell | Babydoll | Kevin Judge | Carmen Quigley

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Visual Artists

The Gum Collective

Film Director & Cinematographer

Sean Clarke

Sean Clarke is a Dublin based director and cinematographer. He works mainly in documentary and film.

Film Director & Cinematographer

Owen Costello

Visual Artist

Michael Bruce Weston

Architect/Artist interested in space in all its forms, mainly in the absurd and pathological/poetical aspects of it. I have worked with/in different media using low cost and recycled materials in different sizes and formats. Currently involved in architecture, working in 3 addiction centres and at times in a local prison in Dublin.

Designer

Elma Fenton

Creative external designer with flair & vision for edgy solutions

Stage Design

Molly O’Cathain

I am a Set and Costume designer based in Dublin (with Swedish roots) and a co-founder of MALAPROP. I work across theatre, dance, opera and the occasional film and music video. I like to collaborate on vibrant, expressionistic work, using colour, form and object as visual metaphor and dramaturgy, rather than (or as well as) as backdrop or decoration. I create detailed worlds which have a thoroughly developed material culture and consistent or decisively inconsistent attitude to the material.

Visual Artist

Mags Harnett

Torn between writing and painting I use text as image

Stage & Production Designer

Ellen Kirk

I am a Dublin based stage and production designer. My work spans theatre, music and film and often incorporates projections and live visual elements. Although working predominantly in theatre I increasingly work closely with a number of musicians developing and designing live shows and music videos. Artists I frequently work with include Kojaque, Soft Boy Records and Soda Blonde.

Candle Maker

Emma Connell

Melting together a love of candle burning and a passion for preserving the environment, Ochre embodies an ethical and eco-friendly approach to candle making. Each vessel is hand-poured in Dublin using 100% Eco Soy Wax mixed with a blend of essential oils providing you with a cleaner burn that is better for both you and the environment.

Vintage Boutique

Babydoll Vintage

Vintage Women’s wear boutique, selling a range of unique affordable pieces as well as one off designer pieces. Babydoll’s calling has always been to keep the love affair and mystery of vintage alive. We bring all our dolls beautiful gems weekly. Our pieces tell a story and are far from the every day run of the mill vintage you will find.

Visual Artist

Kevin Judge

Kevin Judge is an artist living and working in Dublin. He’s usually found making paintings.

Visual Artist

Carmen Quigley

A visual artist based in Dublin. Will draw on anything but prefers to do it on paper and pottery.




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Echo Chamber | EUCIDA 2017 EXHIBITION




Echo Chamber – EUCIDA 2017 Exhibition  

Featuring: Jeanne Briand, Adam Gibney, Fabien Leaustic, Helen Mac Mahon, Rasa SmitePaula Vitola.

Curated by Matthew Nevin of MART, Assistant Curator, Deirdre Morrissey.

Lūznava Manor Rēzeknes | Latvia: 9th June – 31st August 2017

RUA RED | Ireland: 16th June – 5th August 2017 

Gantner Multimedia Space | France: 24th June – 22nd July 2017

 

European Connections in Digital Arts / EUCIDA is a 3 year project funded by Creative Europe led by RUA RED Ireland in partnership Gantner Multimedia Space, France and Lūznava Manor Rēzeknes, Latvia. The Project aspires to work collaboratively while demonstrating innovation and high standards contributing to making the Digital Arts sector highly visible internationally.

“an echo chamber is a metaphorical description of a situation in which information, ideas, or beliefs are amplified or reinforced by transmission and repetition inside an “enclosed” system, where different or competing views are censored, disallowed, or otherwise underrepresented.”[link]

As a curatorial platform for creation of new work, Echo Chamber has encouraged the dialogue of art and technology as a means of sharing experience and creative practice. Exhibiting simultaneously across Ireland, Latvia and France it showcases six contemporary visual artists, two from each of the host countries, whose practice is rooted in various aspects of digital technology.

Its primary aim to create an accessible conversation and debate between the digital arts, technology, politics, culture and society in an accessible way to a European wide public. The three parallel exhibitions, which mirror each other, will analyse how culture, politics and socio-economical issues are bounced around, applauded, and never truly open within one’s own Echo Chamber; i.e colleagues, friends, families etc.

The exhibitions provide a platform for the artists to push conversation beyond the normal realms of an art audience or local groups, to a further international and trans European audience. By encouraging participating artists to explore and reinvent material, technologies and methodologies, Matthew Nevin, the curator, has worked alongside the artists to re/produce work that can provoke the limitations of the ‘Echo Chamber of the normal gallery environment, into producing powerful, informative and experimental new work to a wider audience.  

These artists, often working as the mirror for society, will create new dialogues that challenge conventional views on politics and culture; pushing for examination of our preconceived expectations of what is contemporary art and its relevance to the society we live in. The curator has encouraged the artists to be reactionary and politically engaged in their approach to their practice and tease out new radical ways of viewing and perceiving their art works through technology.

Helen Mac Mahon, who creates artwork through experimentation and investigation into the phenomena of light, movement, perception and space, has produced ‘Mirror Affect’ an interactive piece playing with the mirrored image using a combination of everyday objects and live digital technology.

Jeanne Briand forges links with new technology and craftsmanship to create beautiful sculptural pieces that reference fantasy and trans-aesthetics. Briand’s ‘Gamete Glass’ propose a new form of life, and the origin of the sounds they emit serves to raise questions in the viewer’s mind about the artifice or real existence of the animated forms.  

Fabien Leaustic creates sculptural work which while physical has an ephemeral aesthetic. Leaustic’s work ‘Hello World’ activated by the presence of the visitor disturbs our interpretation of our world, evoking an emotional response juggling a naive optimism and a dark poetic duality that defines us.  

Rasa Smite is an artist, network researcher and cultural innovator, working with science and emerging media technologies. Smite’s artwork ‘Talk to Me’ is a human-plant communication interface, through which people were asked to send encouraging messages via text & social media to the growing plants, “equipped” with web-cam, wi-fi and loudspeakers.

Adam Gibney’s artwork is generally realised through sculpture, installation, sound and video. ‘Conundrum 8: I am somewhere between we and they’ questions the political and personal use of pronouns. Playing a key role in the construction of the ‘self’ and the ‘other’, pronouns help toward the creation and division of societies. 

Paula Vitola works through media art & archeology, researching relationships between human and technology. Her work encompasses experimenting with technology and nature, programming and gadget-hacking.

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