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2020 Gallery Programme

For 2020, we’re delighted to bring another year of exhibitions tpo The MART Gallery Dublin. Between January and September we will be showcasing work from  Sharon Ramsey, Carrie Anne Chanon, Ella Bertilsson, Áine Phillips, Andrew Carson, Nevan Lehart, plus our annual MART Members’ Exhibition and a newly added Design Showcase.

We will also be joined by Adam Gibney, Francis Fay, Niamh Hannaford for a new series of artist workshops, and performance art platform Livestock will return to MART, with four Live Art events over the course of the year.

Across the year we will also host another series of SMART Talks, a weekly Life Drawing workshop, and recurring Open Studio days for a chance to see behind the scenes of the MART Studio Community.

MART’s 2020 programme is made possible with the generous support of the Arts Council Ireland and Dublin City Council.

Keep an eye on our website and newsletter for further updates throughout the year.


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MART Award Exhibition

Sharon Ramsey | Ella Bertilsson | Carrie Anne Channon

Curated by Dr. Katherine Nolan

Opening: 16 January @ 6pm

Runs to 20 February 2020

Open Tue – Sat: 1-6pm

In a feverish stillness, the intimate recesses of the domestic space become sites for history’s most intricate invasions. (Homi Bhaba,The World and the Home,1992)

‘HOME made HOME’ is an exhibition featuring works by Sharon Ramsey, Carrie Anne Channon and Ella Bertilisson. By Staging and disrupting ‘home’ as both a feeling and place through a series of encounters in the gallery space, this exhibition asks the viewer to navigate powerful evocations of our relationships to material, belonging and place. 

The works in this exhibition reference home turf, paths well trodden, no-man’s land, and the domestic home. , interior and exterior are confused and the psychological and social aspects of location and spaces are foregrounded. The artworks address intersecting yet dissonant concerns around generation, memory, belonging and alienation. Through disparate approaches, each of the artists interrogate a persistent yet elusive idealisation of home as a permanent, inhabitable place and state. 

Home is both a concrete place and a psychological space of physical comfort and emotional belonging. In the context of forced migration and the contestation of national borders, as well as the threat of climate crisis, home is a heightened concept. Brought together as a set of works, and framed by the concepts of home and making, the artworks speak to broader current preoccupations with threats to the homeland and the planet, through an exploration of the local. ‘HOME made HOME’ questions how the sensory, material and symbolic registers of the spaces we inhabit every day perform understandings of home. 

The artists in this exhibition – Sharon Ramsey, Carrie Anne Channon and Ella Bertilsson – are recipients of the MART Exhibition Award: selected from the Fingal Graduate Award, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design Fine Art graduates, and Fire Station Artists’ Studios day residents. The aim of the award is to provide a showcase and supported exhibition opportunity to emerging artists whose work is both engaging and experimental.

The exhibition is kindly supported by Fingal County Council, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork and Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS), Dublin, the Arts Council Ireland, The MART Gallery & Studios, and Dublin City Council.

About the Artists

SHARON RAMSEY is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in the field of sculpture and installation. Her practice has included working in video, audio, textiles, photography and text, and has often resulted in site and location responsive works. She uses a variety of materials from bitumen to feathers and glass to wood, collects found objects for installation and regularly uses discarded domestic items and construction materials as her mediums of choice. Her work invites questions regarding human activity, presence and the social effects of economic and political policy. She has recently completed an MFA in the National College of Art & Design having previously achieved a BA in the School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin. She is currently the recipient of the Fingal Graduate Award in Partnership with MART, 2019.

Ella Bertilsson (b.1982, Umeå, Sweden) is currently a studio member at Rua Red (2019-2020). Recent Peripheries OPEN at Gorey School of Art (2019), THE ART FACTORY, Phase 1 at the Complex (2019) and OPW Ireland State Collection (2019). Bertilsson received FSAS Digital Bursary Award (2019) and undertook a Peer Residency at the RHA (2018-2019). Recent exhibitions: ‘Beyond the Sandy Suburbs’, Pallas Projects/Studios (2018), ‘Carrier of Memories’, Dráiocht Inagural Commision (2018), ‘11.9 km Northwest of the City Centre’, Hobusepea Gallery, Estonia (2018) and ‘The Waiting Room’, Artbox, (2017). Selected residencies: Psssquared, Belfast, (2019), Nordic Artist’s Centre (NKD), Norway (2018), Dráiocht Incubate Residency (2017), Process Residency, Artbox (2017) and SIM; The Association of Icelandic Artists, Iceland (2016, 2011). Bertilsson received Culture Ireland Funding (2018) and Nordic Point Mobility Funding (2016). She is a current member of artist collective Child Naming Ceremony; their inaugural event HOST was performed at TBG+S (2019), they were part of ARRANGEMENTS conceived and produced by James Merrigan at Pallas Projects/Studios (2019).

Originally from Newbridge, Kildare, artist and printmaker Carrie-Anne Channon graduated from The Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork Institute of Technology , Cork, Ireland. Studying a BA in Fine Art and Design, Carrie-Anne was primarily based within the printmaking workshop where she excelled within screen printing. Currently based in Limerick Printmakers, Limerick City Carrie-Anne is further exploring her study into the ‘Millennial Condition” a concept which she visually interprets through large formatted printmaking.

The work employs the use of expanded print installation by completely taking over blank space with large screen prints. The installation of the prints and its use of pattern and colour is used to echo a visual energy within the space and submerge the viewer into the art itself. The work is characterised by use of bright colour with strong ironic humoured text.  Carrie-Anne’s work is a response to the online reactions of millennials towards current social issues as well as the absurdist humour placed around them. Using repetitive pattern and bright colours, she brings light to social issues by creating relatable content. During exhibitions Carrie-Anne remains within the space listening to the audiences’ response and reaction to her work, which is imperative to further fuelling her concept research and aiding the creation of new prints and on-going works.

Following her exhibition at Mart galleries Carrie-Anne hopes to further her studies in Visual Communications alongside fine art. Her work will be exhibited in New York, USA late 2020 and at the Vila Benzi, Italy as part of the WorldWide Print Projects.

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SMART Talks is a new series of professional development presentations and workshops, providing a platform for artists and the creative community to engage with a curated selection of creative agencies, councils, artistic supports, professional creative practices, and funding providers. There will also be a space for wider discussions of issues such as arts & mental health, wellbeing, diversity and accessibility in the arts.

By providing these talks in The MART Gallery, Dublin – alongside our gallery programme and studio network – we hope to foster an environment where creativity can flourish as a professional career, where new practices can establish themselves, and where artists and creatives have the space to engage critically with contemporary issues.

To stay informed of future talks, keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or sign up to our monthly newsletter.

Upcoming  SMART Talks

Our 2020 SMART Talks Programme schedule is coming soon!


Previous SMART Talks


Friday 3 May & Saturday 4 May – ‘How to survive as an artist and maker in Ireland today.’ – Led by 4D Space.

Thursday 9 May – ‘Women in Film and TV’ – Led by Vanessa Gildea.

Wednesday 6 February 2019 – Caroline Ryan, Education and Outreach Officer at the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland will discuss available supports for designers, artists and craftspeople.

Thursday 7 February 2019 – Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), and Emma Eager, Project Co-ordinator of artsandhealth.ie, the national website for arts and health, will talk about arts and health practice in Ireland.


Thursday 3rd May 2018   – Information session with Local Enterprise Office.

Tuesday 10th July 2018 – Visual Artists Ireland Help Desk.

Thursday 2nd August 2018 – Arts Council Funding with Aoife Tunney of the Arts Council of Ireland.

Wednesday 29th August 2018- Presentation from Jenny Walton of Culture Ireland

Saturday 15th Sept 2018 – ‘Ad Infinitum’ – Led by Róisín Power Hackett & Ruth Kerr 

10th Nov 2018 – ‘Cultural Engagement in the Age of Trump’ – led by Dan O’Neill and Fiona Kenny


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