Portobello Creative Hub

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Images with Thanks to Bernard O’Rourke

Application Form Below


MART is excited to announce a call for proposals from established creatives for the collaborative use of our POP UP creative hub at Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8 {running until end of 2018}.

This creative hub, led by MART, will have an active collaborative approach, providing a supportive platform and opportunity as a means of showcasing and promoting cultural cooperation. We actively use methods of pooling resources and creative exchange to resource art, develop and build artistic and civic communities.


MART’s Mission is to continually provide creative spaces for artists and creatives to engage, create, evolve, and collaborate. As we are a Not For Profit all our income is invested back into the organisation’s mission.


  • Established / Emerging Collectives, Organisations, Creatives, Artists, Entrepreneurs.
  • Gallery | Art | Studios | Workshops
  • Creatives | Designers | Storage | Photography | Film
  • Established Recurring Events | Markets | Cinema
  • We are looking for members to stay for at least 6 months.

Unfortunately we are not looking for late events, permanent food vendors, sport & leisure, mainstream commercial activities or big fit outs of the space. The space will be closed 11pm – 7am daily.


  • 400m2  
  • Big Warehouse | Great Natural Light | Own Entrance
  • Membership fee will be approx €3000 per month [unless subdivided]
  • Includes Mezzanine Office and Lock Up Office.
  • Superfast Broadband & further benefits that come with being a member of Dublin’s largest creative community.


Suitable applicants will be invited to meet with us to chat through your exciting ideas for the space.

Timeline: We are looking for the new members to take over the space from 20th March approx.

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Joe Ryan

My work and research interests revolve around Art, institutions and Social control, which could involve complex labyrinth structures and intertwining systems all interdependent on each other, I am also interested in architecture and the built environment where buildings invoke their own form of control and power, such as Jeremy Bentham’s theories of panopticons and Erving Coffman’s “total Institutions”.
As a multi disciplinary artist I work in a variety of mediums such as etching, film, painting projections, installation where the medium can be interchangeable and hybrid or where the concept of power dictates the medium in that which medium would be more aesthetic or visual.

Multi-disciplinary artist. Work methodologies include constructing and deconstructing mediums and splicing forms together often into large installations which ingulf and dominate a space. Lives and works between London and Dublin. Graduated with a distinction in M.A. Fine Art, printmaking from University of East London. Exhibited and held in collections and archives in U.K., Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, France, Dubai. Has had several solo shows in Ireland and the U.K. and exhibits regularly in Europe, U.S. and Canada. In 2014 selected for international juried print exhibitions in Spain, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Indonesia. Currently undertaking doctoral research in Fine Art at University of East London. Commissions include producing artworks for theatre, conferances, festivals, educational institutions, hospitals, and community spaces.