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Until It's Time For You to Go

Until It’s Time For You To Go 

Andrew Carson 

Curated by Ciara Scanlan

Opening 26 August 2020 

Open Wed-Sat – 1-6pm

Runs to 18 September 2020 

MART Gallery is delighted to present Until It’s Time For You To Go – a new solo exhibition from artist Andrew Carson

‘I never wanted to build a “body of work,” but to preserve these, our bodies, breathing and unaccounted for, inside the work. Take it or leave it. The body, I mean.’

 – Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous


This body of work explores moments of intimacy and connection between queer bodies. Through drawing, sound and text this exhibition unfolds intimate acts and feelings of closeness in casual circumstances, an impermissible situation within the current social restrictions.

A series of digitally rendered drawings of the hands of five male casual sexual partners, reference Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. An iconic image embedded in, and inextricable from, definitions of communion, creation and humanity. The drawings reveal the limits of the process of their technological creation through glitches and malfunctions. Hypothetically capable of rendering the “perfect” drawing, the outputs convey a mimicry of human capability for error. The simulacra of bodily creation through digital methods references the disjointed nature of the sexual encounters that began the work, reducing the intimate act to a meaningless transactional reproduction.

These drawings unite with the sound playing in the gallery space. To create a symphony of lovers past, the artist asked these five dalliances for their DNA samples that he then processed to create music extracted from their individual genetic code. The music you hear is a codified expression of the individuals’ genetic code. DNA markers are assigned specific notes before being algorithmically harmonised. The music is the song of the disembodied body, separated from its original context, imbued with its own agency.

About the Artist

At the core of Andrew Carson’s practice is the exploration of the body and interpersonal interactions through the mediums of digital technology. Examining social structures, systems, and methods of communication, he is interested in the use and effects of digital devices and social media as the modern ubiquitous means of contact.

Influenced by Transhumanist thought, questions that continuously arise for Carson include; how do we reconcile virtual and physical realities, and can we overcome the psychological distances inherent in digital interaction? 

Carson’s work is installation based, often as a response to, and in conversation with, specified spaces. He works in a variety of media, including digital sound and image, print, and paper.

Andrew Carson is based in Dublin, recently finished an MFA in NCAD in 2019, having graduated from DIT with a BA Fine Art in 2010. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions extensively around Ireland, the UK, Greece, Italy, Spain, Poland and Japan. His work is featured in private and the OPW state collections.

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Buttered Up | Áine Phillips

Buttered Up 

Solo Exhibition by Áine Phillips, with performance collaborations by Helena Walsh, Rachel Fallon and Ella Bertilsson

Curated by Matthew Nevin

Ropening on 8 July 2020

Runs until 25 July 2020

Gallery opens Wednesday – Saturday | 1-6 PM

Buttered Up is a solo exhibition from Áine Phillips at MART Gallery, Dublin. This exhibition explores wider themes behind the artist’s award-winning short film of the same name. This film has been shown in festivals, galleries and screenings all over Ireland, Europe and America. 

Buttered Up tells the story of a performance artist who embarks on an improbable journey to explore a visceral underworld of domesticity. She uses a practical method of escapology, quantities of butter and a complete suspension of disbelief to undergo an unusual metamorphosis. The protagonist evades entrapment … or is the domestic frame itself a means of escape?

Themes of displacement and transformation are explored with humour in the short film, which will be screened in MART’s Gallery 2.

Meanwhile in Gallery 1, Phillips will expand on these themes with simultaneous live performances on the opening night by Áine Phillips, Rachel Fallon, Helena Walsh and Ella Bertilsson.

For the duration of the show, residues from the performances will exist as sculptural installations alongside a suite of watercolours derived from live performances by the artist over the last ten years. These images explore the female body and its relationship to the domestic frame, with allusions to violence, containment and emancipation.

About the Artist

Áine Phillips is one of Ireland’s leading performance artists. She has presented multi-media performance works internationally since the late ‘80s and creates work for diverse contexts; public art commissions and communities, the street, club events, theatres and gallery/museum exhibitions. Her work has been shown across five continents, in places such as Tokyo, Ljubljana, New York, Uganda, Brisbane, giving talks on her work at Tate Britain and IMMA. She curates performance art events in Ireland and the UK. Áine Phillips is the Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art and lectures at the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance NUI Galway. She is the editor of Performance Art in Ireland: A History, published by the Live Art Development Agency and Intellect Books UK in 2015. Áine’s film Buttered Up won third Jury Prize at the Hamburg KLAPPE AUF Film Festival 2019.

This exhibition is kindly supported by Arts Council Ireland, Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council. 


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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

Video interview with the artists 

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 Bertilsson. 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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Livestock 2020

An Update from LIVESTOCK:

Dear Performance Art Community and Allies

We send our deepest condolences to all of you who have lost friends and family throughout this pandemic, and our mutual support in getting through this challenging time together safely and sanely.

It is with some sadness that we announce the rescheduling of Livestock’s current programme of events at MART. We hope to move our events into the Autumn. We had hoped the current situation would improve and we would be able to hold events in May but the government decision regarding restrictions on gatherings makes this impossible at the moment.

We are also looking at alternative ways to bring performance art to you in the months ahead.
Big thank you to MART, as always, for accommodating us!

Updates to follow.

Stay healthy,

Katherine and Francis (Livestock)

To stay in touch with all of Livestock’s activities and forthcoming open calls, follow us on FacebookInstagram, or check out our website.

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2020 Gallery Programme

Our 2020 programme began in in January with ‘HOME made HOME’, MART’s annual exhibition award show featuring Sharon Ramsey, Carrie Anne Chanon, and Ella Bertilsson.

This was followed by ‘Buttered Up’ by Áine Phillips, which was forced to close after less than a week due to the COVID-19 lockdown. This had a knock on effect of causing us to reschedule our programme of exhibitions for the year.

We are delighted to say we are reopening our Gallery with the return of ‘Buttered Up’ by Áine Phillips on Wednesday, 8 July.

This exhibition will kick off a newly amended programme of exhibitions running in MART between July and September, in line with Government recommendations for public spaces.

The latest iteration of our annual Studio Members Group exhibition will follow Buttered Up at the end of July, and after that a new solo exhibition from Andrew Carson opens in August.

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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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

Please note that the 2020 SMART Talk programme will resume when it is safe for MART Gallery to reopen to the public.


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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