MART @ Unit 4


MART hosted a series of artists and curators at Unit 4 on James Joyce St, Dublin from Wednesday 6 February 2013 – Friday 3 May 2013



Terence Erraught,  Joan Healy and Catherine Barragy

Iterative is a project by Catherine Barragry, Terence Erraught and Joan Healy. Using the space as territory, the three artists present a continuously shifting array of sculptural, media and performative works. Each artist assumes the role of author for one week while the other two artists respond to their process. By the fourth week clear authorship breaks down as the three artists attempt a mash-up of material and content; creating alternative forms by using each other’s practices as raw material. The artists identify risk-taking as a catalyst in this process.

The Non Zero Sum Art Games 

7 – 23 March

George Gyzis, Orlando Franco, São Trindade, Maria Tzanakou

To coincide with MART’s Lisbon & Athens Exhibitions we will be hosting a portugese and greek artist [George Gyzis, Orlando Franco, São Trindade, Maria Tzanakou] in Unit 4 as part of Culture Ireland’s “Culture Connects International Programme” marking Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


 25 April  – 1 May

Tristan Hutchinson

Terroir is an intended look at the transformation of community as reflected by the marks and traces upon the land that remain after various processes of industry and migration. Whilst geographically-rooted in specific landscapes, an intended ambiguity running through the work feeds into notions of fictive anonymity, exploring multi-locality, personal and shared experiences, and folkloristic interpretations of ‘landscape’.

Just In Time

9 – 25 May

Curated by Aoife Flynn

Featuring Adam Gibney, Richard Forest, Gerry Erraught

“The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.” Walter Benjamin Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence is a policy of planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time. The term is divided into two categories: obsolescence of desirability vs. obsolescence of function. This kind of planning has its origins in ‘Just-in-time’ production, where stream-lined methods of production and communication meant manufacturing changes could be made on the fly and products could be made and adjusted when they were needed. Lower manufacturing costs meant products could be sold cheaper and to a wider customer base thus increasing competition. In turn, to ensure that customers needed to continue buying their product, manufacturers began to introduce variations in their products and construct them with in-built life spans. This project will gather together three artists whose work is centred around the use of technology, its possibilities and problems. Turning their enquiries towards outdated, obsolete technologies they will endeavour to create something new and potentially useful out of that which is doomed to become waste. Through this process we will seek to question our society’s perpetual consumption and propose alternatives uses for the spiraling series of technological advances in our contemporary existence.




Cultural Dialogues 

In a fluid model, visiting International artists interact with Irish-based artists during the residency. During this time artists are encouraged to develop their ideas through peer exchange and collaboration. This is an exciting opportunity for both long and short term residencies that provides artists with time space and support to think, take-risks and develop their practice. MART is offers this unique professional development opportunity to support the production of Contemporary Art though cultural exchange and dialogue.

The Residency Space

Newly converted stables situated in the heart of Rathmines, and alongside the iconic MART Firestation Gallery and Studios. Residents will be able to benefit from the central location and MART’s established reputation in the Dublin art scene, and internationally. The workspace is 6×6 meters, with large double barn doors, and access to kitchen area.  In this residency three contemporary artists will work alongside each other in an environment of dialogue and support.

Residents 2016

Liing Heany (IRL) Andy Morris (IRL) Roisin McNamee (IRL)

Josh Gibbs (UK) Edwina Bracken (UK) Lauren Pray (US)

William Cravis (US) Maria Pinto (PT) John Moran (US)

Auður Lóa Guðnadóttir (ISL) Luis Hilario Tovar Bonilla (MEX)

Residents 2015

David Yu (CAN)  Eilidh Wilson (UK) Francesco Snote (ITA)