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HX Village Studios




MART HX Village Studios, 18a Greenmount Lane, Harold’s Cross, D12 C953


Our New Studios operate as 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.

Location

Harold’s Cross, a beautifully scenic stretch of the city that becomes a buzzing social hub in summer months. Located close to a range of cafes, bars and parks. Just a couple of minutes walk from Camden Street, and the city centre.

The Building

This is MART’s largest building, allowing the freedom to explore large and small scale projects. A Secure building with automated, monitored alarm system.

Transport

Lots of bus routes (9, 16, 16c, 49, 54a) and fifteen minutes walk from Dublin City Centre. Situated close to a Dublin bike station.

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Our Studio Members

Ali Waked | SC Walsh | Lisa McCormack  | Colette O’Connell | Eoin Heaney | Robert Campbell | Derek Fitzpatrick | Austin Hearne | Graeme Coughlan  | Simon Dennehy | Philip Hamilton | Simon Kingston | Jonathan Blayney | Cian Corcoran | Ben O’Connor | Aoife Noonan | Katarzyna Gajewska | Craig Starkie  | Laura Skehan | Gary Murphy | Marcus Cassidy | Julian King | Darragh Ashe Bowden | Sean Whelan Dempsey | Peadar JB | James Kelly | Mariana Madoleva | Sharon Green | Jason Minsky | Niamh Hannaford | Paula McGloin  | Jill O Reilly  | Keara Q | Freya Oatway | Oriel Lett | Stephen Maher | Diane Butler | Derval Tubridy | Eve O’Callaghan | James Moore | Miranda Blennerhassett | Gavan Duffy | Katie Foley | Lauren Tracey | Rubedor Studio | Hunt & Gather | Zoe Ní Riordáin | Vivienne Quinn | Georgina Diaz | Roisin Cunningham | Michelene Huggard | Joanna Hopkins | Scott O Sullivan | James Kelly | Roisin Cunningham | Julian King | Billy Dante | Eleanor Lawler | Lucy McKenna | Sarah Wilson | Angelica Santander

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Creative

Ali Waked

A social business experiment using the profits and market establishment from its productions to enable purposeful commerce of indigenous artisanship and heritage. Incausa partners with Indigenous cause initiatives developing non-profit trade posts and market placement. Using social entrepreneurship to reignite indigenous heritage, Incausa uplifts cultural values and builds sustainable opportunities.

Visual Artist

Niamh Hannaford

Niamh was born in 1987. She was 3.16 kg, 54 cm. She had a small tuft of curls on top of her head, which her mother dressed in a bow. In 2017 she weighs 70 kg and is 174 cm. Her hair is shoulder length and she still wears a bow. She uses her work to explore her inner fears with a playful curiosity. Still, she is constantly terrified. 

Visual Artist

Paula McGloin

Paula McGloin is a Dublin based illustrator and surface pattern Designer. Born in Sligo, she spent her childhood nearby woods, mountains and the sea. Her love of nature, vintage and bold vibrant detail is evident from her bright and eclectic illustrations. She finds inspiration scouring vintage flea markets, hiking in the woods or travelling to new places. Paula is a member of Illustrators Guild of Ireland and Association of Illustrators (UK). She studied Visual Communications at the National College of Art and Design, and later a Masters in Digital Media Technology at Dublin Institute of Technology. Paula worked for a number of years as a graphic designer before exploring her career as an illustrator. She currently lectures part-time at the Dublin Institute of Design in the Graphic Design and Fashion departments. Her work appears in books, editorial, retail design, fashion, fabrics and ceramics all across the globe. Clients include Kipling (EU), Camelot Fabrics (CA), Urban Outfitters (US), Marks & Spencers, Bewley’s Ireland, National Trust (NI), Royal Irish Academy, The Handmade Soap Company, GIll Books, Poetry Ireland and Little Island Books.
2016 – Shortlisted Irish Book Awards – RTE Radio 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listener’s Choice Award (All Through the Night)
2016 – Shortlisted Irish Book Awards- The Journal.ie Best Irish Published book of the Year (All Through the Night)
2018 – Shortlisted Irish Design Awards Publishing/Illustration (Day & Night: Rainforest)

Visual Artist

SC Walsh

SC Walsh is a painter and printmaker interested in creating strong compositions. Much of her work, while realist in essence may appear abstract/ semi-abstract.

Visual Artist

Derek Fitzpatrick

Derek Fitzpatrick is a Dublin-born artist and graduated from DIT with a Degree in Fine Art. He has showcased his work in a range of private and public collections including in Villa Tittoni in Milan, Office of Public Works, Dublin and various art centers and galleries around Ireland. Fitzpatrick’s work aims to provide insight into the human condition and what it means to be human and is highly imaginative and intuitive: The paintings do not aim to illustrate a specific reality rather they use the form of ‘landscape’ or ‘figure’ as a vehicle to allow for a looser more subjective exploration of the tactile quality of paint. They do not represent real spaces but rather the work could be seen as an attempt to give the sense of a psychological state. “I am interested in the mediums potential to portray feelings and my paintings sometimes include features which can be identified as belonging Fitzpatrick’s work takes the viewer beyond seeing nature and into an experience more felt then seen.

Visual Artist

Jason Minsky

I try to unravel and re-configures the familiar within my work. Playfully dislocating the functioning of events and taking a multi-disciplinary approach The context of the work is often central to its interpretation and during the last few years I have made a range of work exploring the conventions and rituals within and around sporting environments. I often employs humour as a strategy to unpick these rules. I have exhibited widely across the UK and Internationally in group and solo shows. Residencies include Berwick Gymnasium Residency, Leeds Rugby Residency, Cultural Olympiad project for London Olympics 2012. Winner of the inaugural Manchester Art Prize. Graduate of Manchester Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, London. Can make an ace cup of tea..

Visual Artist

Scott O’Sullivan

I am a painter from the East Cork. I work mainly with oil and encaustic wax. I often base my work from my own personal experiences, photography, travelling, staying put, people and places. My most recent work being a series of wax paintings loosely based from quick line drawings of people I met on the Camino de Santiago. A long hike I did, through Northern Spain.

Designer

Georgina Diaz

Specialized in Historical Costumes for the Television and Film Industry, Georgina Diaz is a Fashion & Textile Designer from the NCAD in Dublin. Passionately interested in all History related subjects and particularly in the fashionable garments as material culture of any given period of time.

Visual Artist

James Moore

My creative practice is essentially based on narratives that seek to explore or create meaning from experience. As such I am interested in histories, how language is used, modernism and the thoughtful application of post modernist ideas.

Visual Artist

Katarzyna Gajewska

Creating canvases laden with emotion and personal feelings is my necessity, obsession and addiction, never insatiable appetite. Believing in instinct over reason, I am starting over with every painting. The relation between value of colour and texture is my formula for expressing my vision. The effect of the feeling’s complexity is doubled by the works chaotic texture. Trying to contour human silhouette in bold structure on the surface, I am exploring the physical expression of the theme. The paintings give direct attention to their own physicality and because of that, the human form emanates with psychological structure, driving to insubstantial. Colour and texture are symbols. Oppressive through reconstruction becomes useful. Such is the mourning in Ginsberg’s Kaddish. Fact and fiction becomes blurred; Ginsberg is restoring memory of his mother through exposure, exasperation, desire to know. He is embracing her in the most direct way. I am shaping my work by fidgeting with direct and metaphorical. Draping dissonance between new and recycled; painting over new surfaces subsequently as in endless circle of life.

Visual Artist

James Kelly

My work comes from a desire to find methods to counteract an ever-growing sense of unease in the face of: the treatment of the land as a resource rather than a symbiotic companion; confusions between what is considered natural with our differing concepts of ‘nature’; and to fight a despondency resulting from current human interactions with one another, coming through the unfulfilling promises of communicative media. Relief is sought through forms of magical thinking and employing phenomenological perspectives. The making of charged objects, tools and sculptures, employing contrasting processes such as blacksmithing and electronics. These ‘tools’, being not only extensions of the body to facilitate certain tasks, but items charged with their maker’s intention, their seemingly inherent implied purpose, imbued with a force through a history of action recorded upon their surfaces. The creation of video works, which capture actions and performances echoing ritual, carried out against visions of human-effected landscapes, following an idea that indirect and seemingly absurd activity can allow for unconscious thought processing and lateral problem solving.

Visual Artist

Roisin Cunningham

Roisin Cunningham has a diverse practice of drawing, painting and print-making. She also uses photography, video and sound installation. She has exhibited in Templebar Galleries Dublin, Iontas-Yeats Memorial Building Sligo, Art Trail Cork, Dublin Fringe Festival, RDS Student Awards, Sculpture in Context Dublin and An Oireachtas County Hall Dun Laoghaire. She has exhibited in many group shows and her work is in collections in Ireland, England, France and Italy. She teaches drawing and painting. She is a skilled arts facilitator. 

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Julian King

My current artistic practice is based on the idea of “Digiconography”. Our current media environment is awash with the concept of the Celebrity personality. These figures who for the media consumer have no actual reality are akin to the Gods, Goddesses and mythical creatures of the ancient world. I take specific famous people who are abroad in the discourse and generate a network of associated ideas around them that pays homage to the collage style of the Surrealist movement. Formally my work would be “Maker Art”, as I use current technologies such as laser cutting and 3D printing to manifest digitally computer generated images.

What I believe in: Art as agency. Techno-democracy in place of technocracy. Technology as a tool – not a threat. Taking ownership of the means of reproduction. Hyperart for a Hyperreality.

Visual Artist

Derval Tubridy

My practice is process-based abstract painting that responds to liminal environments and contested epistemologies. Recent projects explore painting as a forensic practice (Solo Exhibition Adjacency, No Format Gallery 2017), and extreme geological environments (Lithosphere, current project). I publish critical writing (Samuel Beckett and the Language of Subjectivity CUP 2018), and participate in collaborative projects (Art Writing at the Royal Court Theatre 2014; The Joseph Boshier Collective, Standpoint Gallery Hoxton 2013; Land | Labour | Capital, Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2013), and am currently investigating neurodiversity in performance and practice through collaborations with Touretteshero and DYSPLA. I am a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Creative / Film

Rubedor Studio

Rubedor Studio is a creative start-up. Our activities include: design of eco-friendly products, creating media and audio-visual material, product photography, marketing and promotion of great craft beers, saving whales and a lot more!

Visual Artist

Gavan Duffy

I am a trained artist and designer living in Dublin. My work is primarily the result of a need to paint. Though acrylic is my favourite medium, I also work with oils, gouache, metallic leaf, ink and charcoal. My ultimate goal is to seek feeling, and be unafraid to share what I find. In recent years my work has been mainly commissioned by private clients.

Visual Artist

Peadar JB

Over the last few years I have been working predominantly with oil paint, though often other media and mediums are integrated into the work. The source material for my work varies from year to year and even work to work. I have previously used old family photographs together with found photos and photo slides. More recently however, I have moved away from representational imagery and more so internal reflections and thoughts that may amalgamate into text or symbolic imagery. With regards to subject matter, my previous work has explored topics including relationships, postcolonialism, existentialism and otherness. Using my own life experiences, I try create work which reflects a personal perspective of the world around me. Much of my work is heavily influenced by my childhood and teenage years growing up in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Having had the privilege to experience numerous cultures throughout the world, my work is very much interested in people. Relationships between each other and also the natural world we are part of.

Visual Artist

Billy Dante

Billy Dante’s work explores the mirrored effect of art as life and life as art, fascinated by the spectacle and theatricality of every aspect of our existence. The work creates a primitive/ritualistic environment in the modern world, highlighting and observing aspects of everyday life to the extent that they become bigger then life. Through the blending of different points of reference, Dante’s practice develops a unique language of expression, in this the viewer feels lost and found all at the same time. The viewer picks up on moments of recognition, but these moments are fleeting and quickly dissolve into the hum of experience. As one grapples for meaning, they are placed outside of their comfort zone and therefore become open to broadened thoughts. The work speaks for the importance of forgotten languages as forms of expression, sounds that have lost their meaning but carry power like a mantra or prayer. The meaninglessness reflects the uselessness of art, taking reference from Oscar Wilde’s, A Picture of Dorian Gray, (‘the only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely’). The work has an intensity that speaks for the empowerment of art, the ability to take simplicity (objects such as the telephone directory) and making them the source of profound feeling. Inspired by the great Irish literary figures Wilde, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, this work intends to stand for art’s ability not to reflect or define the human condition, but once this work is experienced the viewer knows less about life and more about existence.

Visual Artist

Katie Foley

After spending several years focusing on stage design, I am in the process of reacquainting myself with the visual arts. My preferred medium is paint, but I am exploring other media. I am a graduate of the New Orleans Centre for The Creative Art’s (Visual Arts) and the Lir Academy (MFA Stage Design).

Visual Artist

Sharon Greene

Sharon Greene is an Irish artist who creates multi-sensory environments. Using a variety of materials and unorthodox methods her work is always unexpected, playful and engaging.

Visual Artist

Lucy McKenna

Lucy McKenna’s work is concerned with the observation and constant structuring/ restructuring of information systems that attempt to explain the universe and our place in it. Through various mediums she traces different forms of data extraction, collection and communication developed by humans to understand existence; including methods of scientific experiment, technology, language, symbols, storytelling, intuitive belief, or myth. Using her visual art practice as a tool of information collection and data distillation, her works seek to unfold the information hidden in those spaces where the analytic and the intuitive concur. Her practice is a multidisciplinary one consisting of drawing, photography, film, installation, audio and sculptural works.

Visual Artist

Sarah Wilson

I am a Dublin based visual artist and a studio facilitator at KCAT Art Centre in Kilkenny. I completed my studies in Fine Art at Loughborough University, followed by a Fine Art Masters at the Glasgow School of Art. In my practice, I adopt a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on exploiting the physical properties of materials in order to tell narratives. I look to engage viewers through textures, distinct use of colour, precarious arrangements and subtle uses of text. I currently exhibit in Ireland as well as abroad including previous locations such as China, New York and Finland.

Clown / Director / Facilitator

Angelica Santander

I am a Clown, director and drama/circus facilitator, I research and develop the interconnection between theatre, clown and Circus arts. I am interested in the creation of original work that reveals the essence of our humanity in a genuine and abandoned way, creations that speak and deal with themes that are relevant to our times. Creations that transport the audience to a different world, a fantastic space that will change and transform both performers and audiences alike. My work is based on the ethos of hard work, commitment, respect, consistency, discipline, free expression and fun. Circus arts and theatre requires a group effort bringing us together regardless of our background. Each team member is equally important. Everyone has a place and everyone is considered. The cathartic power of its practice invites us to understand better our personal journey and express ourselves in a healthy and joyful way.

Filmmaker

Eoin Heaney

Eoin is an award winning filmmaker. He writes and directs projects together with writer / producer Nora Windeck. They are Highly Stimulating Productions.

Visual Artist

Peadar Jolliffe Byrne

My paintings explore relationships between shapes and colours. They depict scenes of personal experiences and thoughts. The work discusses social and environmental issues we as a species face and highlights the collective natural and cultural heritage shared between humanity and the world around us.

Visual Artist

Michelene Huggard

My work explores the idea of being both visible and invisible at the same time, and questioning what sense of reality this experience produces. Through the use of colour, form and layering, and using both figuration and abstraction, my paintings seek to reflect a tension between the seen and the unseen, between what is revealed and what is covered up.

Visual Artist

S.C. Walsh

S.C.Walsh is an emerging artist best known for industrial dockland scenes, strong in composition, and contradictive in use of material, redefining the use of soft watercolour to depict hard industrial subject matter.
SC Walsh is interested in the ordinary, crafting semi abstract compositions recurring themes depicted in the artist’s work are docks, boats, city streets, rooftops, heavy machinary.
Walsh studied Painting in Galway with the artists Loughlan Hoare, Geraldine Quinn and Hugh Mc Cormack, and Printmaking with Siobhan Piercy and Declan Holloway. The artists work is influenced by the Technical processes employed in the Fine Art Lithography process. The strong compositions in the Artists pieces are reminiscent of Snapshot Photography.
Walsh’s close focus on subjects result in a tension between the representational and abstract.

Visual Artist

Bob Campbell

“to find for each person those umbilical cords that put us in communication with other suns“ Roberto Matta

Visual Artist

Laura Skehan

Laura Skehan is a visual artist based in Dublin. Her practice is concerned with our dynamic relationship with the physical landscape and how this intervenes with the surrounding political and social environment. She works primarily in film, sculpture and painting. She has exhibited nationally and internationally.

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Freya Oatway

Contemporary hat maker

Visual Artist

The Ljilja

The Ljilja is a visual artist born in Croatia. She made her first debut in 2006 and since then her art has been shown in group and solo shows. Her work range from installations and paintings to photography and performances.
The Ljilja is an ongoing photography / ritual project . “As an artist my main aim is making the subconscious conscious, and bringing it to the light. We live in an era where most of us are showing the best part of ourselves, the most beautiful parts (a wonderful Kingdom of Selfies), and I am showing those, hidden, dark, disturbing parts. By covering my face and hiding my identity, I become no one; and by becoming no one, I have become everyone. By disfiguring my face, covering my eyes I am allowing my Primordial Self to step out from the darkness. I am reconnecting all over again with my true Self.” – says the Ljilja.

In her work Ljilja is in a constant search for selfless, content and Ego free body. Body that becomes. Bursting body. A body in which human soul live in a complete freedom stripped from all false teachings. A body which is “breaking down areas hardened by perspective of the Ego”. Primal body. Her work can be described as a transformation through creativity and connecting all over with her primal “I”.

Visual Artist

Dorothy Maguire

Dorothy hails from Toronto Canada originally, and is now living and working in Dublin. She works in a variety of media with a large focus on oil painting, and the human figure. In her current projects, she tries to capture the complex connections between people and nature, mostly inspired by her work as an environmental scientist.

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MART Fire Station Gallery & Studios




190a Rathmines Rd Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6


The eight studios in MART’s Fire Station Gallery & Studios are bespoke visual art Studios based in the landmark Old Fire Station on the Rathmines Road. With large bright windows, high ceilings, exposed brickwork and creative patchwork from years of renovations it really is an inspiring place to work.

Location

Located close to a range of cafes (Farmer Brown’s, 250 Square, Grove Road Cafe, Pot Bellied Pig, Starbucks), bars (Blackbird, The Bowery, Slattery’s, Mother Reilly’s), restaurants (Manifesto, Hey Donna, Umi), banks (Bank of Ireland, Permanent TSB, AIB), shops (Artmines art supplies, Fallon & Byrne) and amenities (library, gym, swimming pool). A few minutes walk from the Grand Canal & Portobello Harbour, a beautifully scenic stretch of the city that becomes a buzzing social hub in summer months.

The Building

From the exterior, the large red doors are an eye-catching reminder of the history of the building and open to reveal the MART’s main gallery. Above this, located in the former Georgian home, are the MART’s very first studios. Featuring exposed brickwork, wooden floors, and the cosy, lived-in feel of a building with a long history, these studios are home to a range of visual artists, designers and photographers.

Transport 

The Fire Station is situated on bus routes 14, 15, 65, 83, 140, 142. Five minutes from Charlemont Luas stop. Twenty minutes walk from Dublin City Centre.

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Our Studio Members

Shane Berkery | Patricia O’Malley | Ciara King | Sinead Hollywoodnutt | Elise Missal | Guida Riba Rovira | Seamus Bradley | Priscilla Robinson | Rudi Wolf | Emmet Doherty | Jane Frew | David Coonan

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Visual Artist

Shane Berkery

In my paintings I primarily deal with the human figure. I currently have two distinct sources of imagery, one being old family photos from my Japanese side and the other, photos that I have taken myself. Despite the huge generational and geographical gap between the subjects, I am overcome by the sense of congruity in the human experience between the two. I draw on this and seek to create figures that are truly palpable and universally evoke a sense of ‘realness’.
I like to consider my work in terms of the totality of my oeuvre (including future paintings), rather than isolated complete pieces. I take this approach because I am determined to become utterly fluent in visual language and consider it my mission in painting to reach that point. Each piece is a study into the visual mechanisms that allows for that ‘realness’ to be translated into a two-dimensional image; the relationship between the various languages of paint (representation, abstraction, colour, composition and degree of completion) are carefully scrutinised and studied. From the purely representational figures in my photographic source material, I hope to extract the sensation of presence and distill that into viscerally ‘real’ beings on canvas.

Visual Artist

Priscilla Robinson

I make interactive, off-site work like “The Robinsons’ Sunday Roadshow Café” and the “help me! help me!” charity shop where I swapped 600+ my things for help. And I make shows like “KuddelMuddel”, which I performed in my flat, and “The Show about The Show” which starred my mother. 

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Seamus Bradley

Seamus Bradley works in a variety of media, currently focusing performing arts of storytelling, spoken word and music. Having exhibited installation and live art extensively in the past, his main project at the moment is the facilitation of performing artists through his involvement in the Circle Sessions non-profit.

Mosaic Artist

Elise Missall

 mosaic artist  I am a from Hamburg, Germany. I work with mixed materials, mainly upcycled ceramics and glass, but also assorted metals and stone. I have a strong interest in the broken, the discarded and unwanted, and take joy in collecting and assembling these materials into a new form. While I have mainly worked on usable items (mirrors, tables, bowls and plates), current exploration is leading me toward 3D mosaic, sculptures and installations.

Musician / Composer

David Coonan

As a composer I’ve written music for a wide variety of situations, including orchestral music, chamber ensembles, choral and vocal, and music for theatre and dance. In recent years I’ve worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra, RTE Contempo Quartet, and for the Abbey Theatre.

Painter / Visual Artist

Sinead HollyWoodnutt

As an artist and Art Therapist my work is in constant dialogue between these two practices, blurring the boundaries between what is art making and what is art therapy. The theme of the unconscious is ever present in my painting practice, using art based research to further understand the human experience. Most recently my work centres around the idea of womanhood.

Visual Artist

Guida Ribé

Healing people’s hearts with creative expression

Visual Artist

Milena Matejko

Milena Matejko is a freelance digital illustrator and painter with a background in fine art media. She works in digital drawing, currently specifying in portraiture and branding. Milena also creates abstract paintings inspired by nature, exploring themes of light, darkness and hope. In the past she has worked in interactive, multi-media installation such as The Public Diary.

Art Therapist

Fiona Mulrine

I am an Art therapist, and work within the field of psychotherapy and well-being. I also support this work with on-going creative projects and collaborations with other therapists and artists.

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Coach House Studios




190a Rathmines Rd Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6


The MART’s Coach House Studios are home to one studio and the MART team office. Located behind our Fire Station Gallery and Studios, this former outbuilding has been transformed into a cosy bespoke workplace.

Location

Located close to a range of cafes (Farmer Brown’s, 250 Square, Grove Road Cafe, Pot Bellied Pig, Starbucks), bars (Blackbird, The Bowery, Slattery’s, Mother Reilly’s), restaurants (Manifesto, Hey Donna, Umi), banks (Bank of Ireland, Permanent TSB, AIB), shops (Artmines art supplies, Fallon & Byrne) and amenities (library, gym, swimming pool). A few minutes walk from the Grand Canal & Portobello Harbour, a beautifully scenic stretch of the city that becomes a buzzing social hub in summer months.

The Building

This former Coach House acted as a stable and storage building for the Old Rathmines Fire Station during its time of operation. With studio space on the lower level and the MART’s team office located in the loft, this building is features exposed brickwork, wooden floors, and the cosy, lived-in feel of a building with a long history. 

Transport 

The Fire Station is situated on bus routes 14, 15, 65, 83, 140, 142. Five minutes from Charlemont Luas stop. Twenty minutes walk from Dublin City Centre.


Our Studio Members

Ceramics Artist

El Harrington

El Harrington is an artist and designer based in Dublin. She works in ceramics and digital and darkroom processes, capturing actions and processes of transformation, to explore human gesture, material legacy and objecthood.

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Lennox St Gallery & Studios




 

34 Lennox Street, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 8


The six studios in MART’s Lennox Street Gallery & Studios are bespoke visual art Studios based in the a small terraced building in a quiet, peaceful residential street in one of Dublin’s most beautiful neighbourhoods: Portobello. Upstairs you’ll find First Draft Coffee – a cafe space serving some of Dublin’s finest speciality coffee, while also providing a space for some of MART’s members to display their artwork to the cafes visitors. Below this is a number of studios housing artists, writers, designers, and creative professionals. 

Location

Located close to a range of cafes (First Draft Coffee, Wall & Keogh, Grove Road Cafe, Brother Hubbard South), bars (The Lower Deck, The Barge, The Bernard Shaw, Whelan’s), banks (AIB, Ulster Bank). Just a couple of minutes walk from Camden Street, and ten minutes walk from Stephen’s Green.

Transport 

The Lennox Street is situated on bus routes 14, 15, 65, 83, 140, 142. Five minutes from Harcourt Luas stop. Fifteen minutes walk from Dublin City Centre.

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Our Studio Members

First Draft Coffee | Ross Dungan | Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair | Esme McNamee | Matthew Smyth | Jack Gleeson | Eoghan Gahan-Mullen | Laura Kinsella | Louisa Jane | Mick Heffernan | David Kitt | Sean Corcoran

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Coffee Shop

First Draft Coffee

When First Draft Coffee’s cafe and training space was unexpectedly uprooted in early 2018, the local coffee community rallied together to find First Draft a new home. Those on the ground in Dublin will recognise the new Portobello spot as Love Supreme’s former residence, though Ger has already made his mark on the light and bright coffee shop with a haul of house plants and a freshly bronzed stock of Roasted Brown beans. It’s also the new home of First Draft’s recently launched recruitment agency: Ger and crew are on a mission to install quality people behind the bar across the Irish speciality coffee industry.

Scriptwriter

Ross Dungan

A writer for theatre, TV and film.

Musician & Producer

ROMY

Musician, singer, producer and composer with a penchant for vintage keyboards, organs and crusty old drum machines.

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Parker Hill Gallery & Studios




Parker Hill House, Parker Hill, Rathmines, Dublin 6


The eleven studios of MART Parker Hill Gallery & Studios are located right in the heart of Rathmines, just around the corner from our HQ in the Old Fire Station.

Location

Located close to a range of cafes (Farmer Brown’s, 250 Square, Grove Road Cafe, Pot Bellied Pig, Starbucks), bars (Blackbird, The Bowery, Slattery’s, Mother Reilly’s), restaurants (Manifesto, Hey Donna, Umi), banks (Bank of Ireland, Permanent TSB, AIB), shops (Artmines art supplies, Fallon & Byrne) and amenities (library, gym, swimming pool). A few minutes walk from the Grand Canal & Portobello Harbour, a beautifully scenic stretch of the city that becomes a buzzing social hub in summer months.

The Building

This former office space is subdivided into a number of individual and shared spaces by bespoke wooden walls. A comfortable and quiet space, these studios are home to a number of creative businesses and artists. The space includes a cosy kitchen and social area, and with only a small number of studio members it serves as a tidy, tranquil working environment.

Transport

Parker Hill is situated on bus routes 14, 15, 65, 83, 140, 142. Five minutes from Charlemont Luas stop. Twenty minutes walk from Dublin City Centre.

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Our Studio Members

Rob O Connor | Maria Johnston | Laura Seed | Fintan Wall | Deb Fanning | Steven Maybury | Alex Counihan | Spencer Glover | Allen Kiely | Chiara Benedetti | Annie Gahan | Ciaran Meister | Sam Kay | Sean Millar | H&G Creations Ltd | Jennifer Kiernan | Paula Brennan

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Visual Artist

Chiara Benedetti

Chiara Was born in 1991 in Modena, Italy. She started her art studies in her native city and when i was eighteen i studied Animation and Concept art in Florence for three years. When she was a child she was used to draw on her my little sketchbook or every paper she can find near her. In her studying years she participated in many workshops for animation and concept art. These workshops helped her discover what she really love to do and they have improved her skills.
Currently she is working as Concept Designer and color artist on a feature production for Hasbro in Boulder Media in Dublin.
In her free time she is an Illustrator for children’s books. She create the character “Woozy” who she is developing more towards the animation field.

Graphic Designer / Illustrator

Fintan Wall

Fintan is a graphic designer specialising mainly in print, but with a bit of web thrown in. Sometimes he creates posters, flyers, brochures, greeting cards, logos, websites, in fact, anything that involves making things look good for good people. Over the last 10 years he’s been doing this, he’s worked for some great people at home and abroad, including Children’s Books Ireland, Digicel BVI, Aiken Promotions, Epic The Irish Emigration Museum LG Electronics and Entertainment Architects and is now a graphic design gun-for-hire.

Visual Artist

Maria Johnston

Maria Johnston is visionary artist from Dublin. Although working mainly in oils on canvas, Maria uses a wide range of materials in her creations. Her paintings have been described as “other-worldly”, drawing her inspiration from avid interests in nature, science, cosmology, astrology, spirituality, among the varied list of inspirations.

Event Design

H&G Creations LTD

At H&G we believe that the human experience is a powerful thing, from concept creation to production and
attention to astonishing detail, we excel at transforming spaces and building unique experiences from the ground up. Our creative team has extensive experience in innovative conceptual design, visual communication, curation, styling, interiors, wedding planning, event planning & customer service. Every individual is unique, through our attentive consultations and research processes we work closely with our clients to convey and achieve their objectives in a meaningful way. Get in touch and let us help you bring your vision to life….

Visual Artist / Filmmaker / Music Producer

Ciarán Meister

Ciarán Meister is an artist, illustrator, filmmaker, and music producer based in Dublin. After graduating with a degree in Fine Art from NCAD in 2011, Ciarán moved to New York where he worked making music, documentary and promotional videos. His most notable achievement to date as a filmmaker is the music video for Exile, Vilify by The National. Ciarán produces music under the alias of Mangetout and also runs a small Irish label called Mines Clarence releasing small run physical releases.

Photography

Aerial

Aerial.ie is Ireland’s leading drone company. We specialize in large outdoor events and risk accessed flights in sensitive locations. Such is Aerial’s reputation we were asked by Dublin Airport to conducted the first (and so far only) legal drone flight at Dublin Airport. This happened with approval from all stakeholders. Dublin’s main runway was active throughout Aerial operation.
Aerial.ie was founded in 2014 by photographers Rob O’Connor of Rocshot Photography and Tony Kinlan of
Kinlan Photography. They wanted to bring their 25 years of commercial photography experience to the skies. With clients ranging from SME’s to PLC’s, including Citi Bank, JP Morgan, Novartis, Diageo, Bacardí and Universal Pictures.

Design

Jennifer Kiernan

Scribble & Stone is a contemporary fine and fashion jewellery label by Irish designer Jenny Kiernan. The name signifies the fact that every design begins with a drawing, a “scribble” and the “stone” refers to gemstones which are an important component in many of our pieces.
We love mixing lots of different materials so with this range you’ll find leather, metal (both precious and plated), gemstones, Italian cut glass, rubber and even laser cut perspex! Contrast is a key theme seen by mixing shiny against matte textures or soft drapey textiles with hard geometric lines.
We work with a network of high quality suppliers both in Ireland and abroad who manufacture the components used in the range. We then finish the pieces by hand in our Dublin Design studio which ensures we have complete control over the quality of our products. Generally speaking we have two ongoing collections at Scribble & Stone. The first is ‘S&S Minimals’ which is a beautiful delicate collection in durable precious metals. These pieces are classic designs which will have longevity – designed for everyday wear and will last years. They are based around simple geometric shapes and architectural forms and designed to be layered and stacked. Then we have the more fashion ‘S&S Statement’ collection which includes interesting materials such as laser-cut perspex, fringing, diamante and leather and are more experimental and fashion-forward in nature. Scribble & Stone products can be purchased from Select stockists nationwide.

Graphic Designer

Frances Johnston

Frances is a graphic designer and lettering artist based in Dublin. She spent the first 2 years of her career working as a designer/lettering artist in Vancouver, Canada before moving back to Ireland in October 2018. She works on everything from branding design projects to hand-lettering to digital lettering design.
http://francesjohnston.work/

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Crumlin Gallery & Studios




65 Crumlin Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12


The 11 studios of the MART’s Crumlin Gallery & Studios are based in Lower Crumlin road, nearby to the scenic Grand Canal. Featuring large spacious rooms with tall windows and high ceilings, these bright, airy spaces make an ideal working environment. 

Location

Across the canal is Dolphin’s barn, and this studio is also close to a number of residential areas: Rialto, Crumlin, Kimmage and Harold’s Cross. Only a short bus or Luas ride from the city centre. This building is home to a range of visual artists and creative professionals and is an ideal space for working in a calm, peaceful atmosphere.

Transport

The Crumlin studios are situated on bus routes 17, 27, 56a, 77a, 151. Ten minutes walk from Suir Road Luas Stop.

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 Our Studio Members

The Dublin Inqurier | Cormac Dillon | Horhay Ruiz | Merce Canadell | Jennifer Kavanagh | Leah Canning | Kate McDaid | Alice Brady | Caroline Power | Sonia O’Dwyer | Barbara Cermak | Paola Invernizzi | Aoife Caffrey | Elaine Chapman | Vanessa Power | Georgina Diaz | Daisy Gaffney

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Visual Artist

Elaine Chapman

As an autistic person who has newly reconnected with art, I wish to use my art as a way to help others, from all walks of life, to connect with art as well. I wish to use my art as a way to show how autistic people connect with the world, and all its creatures, in many beautiful and unique ways. I will do this through exploring the world around me and using its many vibrant colours in my works.
As part of my work I like to explore connections, whether it is connections with colour, plants, animals, or the people around me. My ‘special interest’ as an autistic person, has always been animals, their rather unique characters, and how they in particular experience the joy of the world. I feel that, in many cases, autistic people see the world in such a way, but are often overwhelmed by social pressures and modernity.
Animals, and the quiet places in nature are what allow us to reconnect to the world, and it is these connections, and why we should all engage with them, that I wish to explore.

Street Artist

Shane Ha

I’m a creative designer and mainly paint murals around the country for a range of clients and communities. I enjoy adapting my painting style between graffiti characters through to photorealist portraits and signwriting, depending on the brief that I’m working on.

Media

The Dublin Inquirer

Dublin Inquirer is an member-supported newspaper with original stories about the city.

Language / Technology Consultant

Laura Casanellas

I help companies start using automatic translation technology (MT); from learning the essential concepts to choosing the right technology, training their staff and language teams, developing an MT program and deploying it into their existing workflow environment.

Photographer

Rudy Jakma

I am a part-time photographer, tourist guide and (final year) mature student. And an “AOP” as well.

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Kilmainham Gallery & Studios




76-77 Old Kilmainham, Kilmainham, Dublin 8


The nine studios of MART Kilmainham Gallery & Studios can be found in the calm surrounds of residential area old Kilmainham, a neighbourhood with a long history that is now on the doorstep of the Irish contemporary arts scene. The space is only a few minutes from walk from IMMA, and ten minutes from NCAD, with Kilmainham Gaol and St James’ Gate also located nearby. 

Transport

Bus routes 13, 40. Five minutes walk from James’ Luas stop, or ten minutes walk to Heuston Station. Twenty five minute walk from Dame street.

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Our Studio Members

Bridget Ryan | Julia Doherty | tovivito | Ruairi Heading | Andy Gaffney | Scott Leeson | Aoife Byrne | Joanna Hopkins | Paul Rosser | Michael Mangan | Jenny Keogh

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Product Developer

Julia Doherty

Julia is a Product Developer working at the intersection of textiles and technology. Her expertise in product development comes from her back round of garment and textile design development, product development and production management across the UK, China, and Ireland. Her work is primarily focused around understanding the inherent relationships between product performance technology and human experience and how this can be translated into better design for better futures.

Filmmaker / Actor

Scott Leeson

Visual Artist

Kathy Herbert

My studio is a place where I read and draw and generally plan my art activities. I design my projects loosely, and then they develop through the doing of the work itself. The work is often made out of doors, and then finished in the studio. Sculpture works are generally made in a sculpture facility such as Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

Methodology
Mapping and documenting is a technique I use regularly and I have made a number of works this way such as the piece “Shifting Sands”. This approach is an essential methodology in my practice; one where I walk a certain distance over a number of days, noting what I see and where it is. Another such work is “Blanchardstown Walking” It is a study in observation. I call this work “Walking Books”.

Drawing and sculpture form the main of my work. The drawings are often large as in “Giant Drawing” (1.5m x 10m). My sculptures can be anything from stonecarving as in “All We’ve Got”, to ephemeral works involving other people, for example “Leaf Kites”. See website for images.

Designers

Tovivito

Photographer

Aoife Byrne

Aoife Byrne is an artist currently based in Dublin. She works with multiple mediums including photography, painting and three dimensional work.

Visual Artist

Joanna Hopkins

Through video, installation and interactive work, I explore how the advancement of digital technology affects the way we are developing and changing as a society. My practice is influenced by psychology, exploring the inner workings of the brain and the idea of empathy. I experiment with video and lens-based media as an interactive platform to question how society views itself in this digital world. My practice intends to make the viewer uneasy, uncomfortable participants in an artwork. Through this process I question the possibilities of subverting a viewer’s sense of perception and reality, and how this affects the way we see ourselves. My current research is focused on exploring the idea of memory, how it can be altered, adapted and evolve based on environment and circumstances. If we as sentient beings are the sum of our own subjective memories, how is this reflected in an increasingly documented world?

Visual Artist / Filmmaker

Jenny Keogh

Jenny Keogh is a visual artist and independent filmmaker. Alongside her personal film work based in documentary and Irish language and culture, she also produces short promo-films for Creative, Artisan and
Small Independent Businesses.

Visual Artist

Paul Rosser

My work records and documents the structures and patterns of human Interaction with our environment by isolating the three tonal frequencies of Anthrophoney sound. Anthrophoney is the sound of manmade or physical interaction within a soundscape. Isolating its three key tonal frequencies the work makes the viewer aware of the sounds they make when present within a space but not often heard in isolation. These sounds are most prevalent when we interact with public space making the viewer’s participation and aural experience or lack thereof central to the work. Space is an instrument played in time by those who inhabit it, a collective experience of sound, time and interaction, framing the sound and orientation of the work differently each time.

Visual Artist

Fran Fitzgerald

To develop my creative skills in different areas of artistic craft work, while exploring and discovering the aspects that I would like to focus on long term.

Visual Artist / Milliner

Mark Garvie

Mark Garvie is a milliner creating bespoke hats and headwear for events, photoshoots and theatre.

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Malpas Street Gallery & Studios




 

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 | Cara Sturgess| Cara Holmes | Aoife Raleigh | Michael Bruce | Elma Fenton | Milo Denison | Phaedra Vlahos

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Visual Artists

The Gum Collective

Visual Artist

Phaedra Vlahos

Oil and pastel artist depicting magical moonlight scenes, of people, animals and astral plains.

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

Film Editor & Director

Cara Holmes

Film editor and sometimes director. Documentary, experimental and films that make a difference.

Photographer

Milo Denison

Milo is the owner of D Studios Photography. D Studios offers professional portrait photography for families, headshots, couples, and more. The studio also offers video production services for business promotions and events.

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.

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About Our Studios




Rathmines | Harold’s Cross | Kilmainham | Crumlin | Blackpitts

MART Studios: Providing a space to support the production and exhibition of visual art.

Check Out our Available Studios Here.

Through MART Studios we pride ourselves on sustaining a community of studios that offer affordable, cooperative and professional environments for the development of all things cultural! We do this by working with local landlords and authorities to inhabit spaces that facilitate artists’ studios and workspaces for creatives. We cater to emerging and established practitioners with a range of studios and project spaces for all forms of creativity. We are the largest supplier of independent space for the arts, cultural and creative community in Ireland, now supporting 170 members in eight studio buildings across Dublin.  

Our members and studios have a strong impact on the local and national Creative Economy. Our studios have great transport links and neighbour some of Dublin’s best bars, cafés, restaurants & vintage shops.  At MART we redevelop buildings, work with local communities, attract and create jobs and improve localities through our main values:

 

  • Cultural Advocacy: We advocate for the arts and visual culture, promoting inspiration, education and freedom of expression. We develop creative platforms to support and challenge artists. We dedicate all of our activities to supporting creativity.
  • Community Building: We regenerate vacant and derelict buildings, allowing them to serve their locality. We create communities of artists allowing for opportunities of collaboration and support.
  • Sustainability: We operate as a self-supporting organisation and provide a safe studio environment allowing artists to concentrate on their work and sustain their practice in a dedicated space, free from worry.

 

All income generated by the organisation is invested back into our not-for-profit activities: creating platforms for artists through studios and exhibitions, building refurbishment, providing employment and encouraging the growth of artistic communities.

 

Key Statistics:

  • 50% Artists & 50% Creatives
  • 40% of our members work internationally
  • 60% of our members collaborate together
  • Main disciplines include: Visual Art, Illustration, Photography, Painting, Design, Creative Industries
  • 70% of our MART Studio Members believe having a studio has increased their growth and practice
  • Members use studios for: Creative Community | Collaboration | Professionalism | Raise Profile | Creative Working Environment | Push Boundaries | Peer Support | Less Isolation | Opportunity to Grow

 

Our Story:

MART was set up by artists for artists. It began in 2007 by Ciara Scanlan and Matthew Nevin as a way to create exhibition opportunities for emerging artists. MART seeks to create opportunities by providing creative platforms to support creatives from all stages of their careers to test new ground. As a curatorial partnership Ciara & Matthew have curated over 200 artists through 50 exhibitions across Ireland, UK, Europe, USA & Japan. In 2013 MART opened two art galleries in a converted old fire station in Rathmines, Dublin 6, and as of 2018 has become the largest provider of studios in Ireland.   

 

Public Opinion:

  • 70% believe MART has had large Dublin 6 & 8 cultural, social, economic growth in the past 5 years
  • 70% believe action should be taken to keep MART and similar organisations sustainable and open
  • 82% believe Studio Spaces like MART are vital in Dublin City
  • 80% believe MART’s Artistic Platforms rate 8/10

 

Solo & Shared:

MART is proud to provide a wide range of creative studios varying in sizes. We have small and large workshop spaces, contemporary studios and several large Georgian rooms with exposed brickwork and high ceilings. We cater to individuals, small groups and assist in pairing if you’re looking for a comrade to share with.

 

Benefits: 

  • No Bills.
  • Curator Visits.
  • Fire and burglar alarm, monitored 24hrs a day.
  • Superfast Broadband.
  • Parking where possible.
  • Monthly Members Group Critiques.
  • Regular Open Studio evenings.
  • Safe & Comfortable Space.
  • All Artists Featured on Website.
  • Free use of gallery space for personal use (documentation of work, photoshoots, rehearsals, etc) – max. four hours at a time up to twice a month (working hours only, subject to availability).
  • On The Radar For Exhibitions.
  • Access To Tools & Equipment.
  • Heart of Vibrant Creative Community.
  • Studio access from 7am to 11pm daily.
  • You can check out our Health & Safety Guidelines here.

 

As a Mart Member you’d have access to all of our COMMUNITY EVENTS. For example in 2017 that included BBQs, SMART TALKS (our series of industry talks with the VAI and Arts Council among others), Studio Crits and Opens Studio evenings

 To enquire about MART Studios, please email stephen@mart.ie.