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MART Studios: Providing a space to support the production and exhibition of visual art.
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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 nine 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:
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.
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.
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.
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190a Rathmines Rd Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6
The MART Fire Station Gallery & Studios are bespoke Visual Art Studios based in the old fire station in Rathmines. The building hosts 2 galleries & 8 studios in the oldest part of The MART – the Georgian home. With large bright windows, high ceilings, exposed brickwork and creative patchwork from years of renovations it really is an inspiring place to work.
Louise Brady is a Dublin based visual artist. She was selected as the fifth annual Graduate Resident at IMOCA, 2012-2013. Brady's recent work is centered on women’s role within film and gender dynamics. Through text based video installation she examines the paradoxical nature of cliche and the disintegration of romantic ideals.
Meadhbh is a performance-maker, writer and founding member of waterdonkey theatre company. At the moment, she’s into designing task-based performances in which what is at stake is the nature of reality. She believes that art will save our souls. She enjoys playing with (in alphabetical order): ambiguity, authenticity, comedy, dreams and questions?
I work with installation and sculpture using a variety of materials such as electrical currents, live sound, light, and kinetics. My approach embraces an experimental use of materials that disturb a pre-existing or familiar relationship to the object. Within my practice, I develop immersive installation as a means of connecting materially, physically and psychologically to a space, drawing on the physical and psychological relationship of the viewer to the environment and manipulating an immediate, involuntary response to the work. Check out www.margaretobrien.co.uk
Seamus' work uses a number media, including lens media, electronics, live performance, software and sculptural installation. Issues surrounding the nature of chaos and the philosophy of Absurdism inform the work. aroomforimprovement.org
190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Coach House Studios is located behind our Fire Station Gallery in Rathmines. It is home to one studio and the MART Team office.
34 Lennox Street, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 8
Lennox Street Gallery & Studios is home to our Lennox St Gallery & 6 visual art studios.
Marianne is a writer of personal essays, pop culture analyses and speculative fiction. Common themes in her work include gender, sex , body image, dating, fictional worlds and digital culture. She has a BA in Drama Studies and English Literature from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in Digital Publishing from Oxford Brookes University.
I am a scriptwriter and playwright and am developing original work with other Mart members.
Parker Hill House, Parker Hill, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Right in the heart of Rathmines The MART Parker Hill Gallery & Studios boasts 1 Gallery and 11 creative studios, providing a home for visual artists.
Steven Maybury is an Irish artist currently based in Dublin whose practice is primarily concerned with drawing. He is currently working towards a publication with his drawings supported by The Fingal County Council, an exhibition with The Drawing Works and future solo exhibitions in 2017. Steven is also involved in several creative projects, including The Mundi Project commissioned by Luciano Benetton. Steven’s work has been invited to present itself on The Drawing Suite, European drawing blog in 2015 and The Drawing Works, a blog and platform for drawing based in London in 2016. Since leaving art college in 2012, he has been awarded a number of artist bursaries, awards and residencies, and in 2013 took part in a European touring exhibition, ‘40-40-40’, which showcased new talent in Ireland’s state art collection. Solo and two-person shows include: ‘Jigsaws, Combs and Rulers’, Eight Gallery, Dublin (solo, 2014); ‘Groove Chronicles’, Market Studios, Dublin (solo, 2014); ‘Radical Line’, Pallas Projects, Dublin (solo, 2014); and with Claire McCluskey: ‘Synthesis I’, Eight Gallery, Dublin (2013), and ‘Synthesis II’, Tactic Gallery, Cork (2013). In 2014 he also was invited to present his drawings on The Drawing Suite, a blog for contemporary European drawing. Recent group exhibitions include: The RHA Annual, Dublin (2015 – invited); Glitch art fair, Rua Red (2015); ‘Re-ignite’, Customs House, Westport (2015); and ‘On Beauty’, Roscommon Arts Centre (2015); The Drawing Works, Camden Image gallery, London (2016) Anicca, The Library Project (solo, 2016); Dukkha, Platform Arts (solo, 2016)Visit stevenmaybury.com for more info.
65 Crumlin Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12
The MART Crumlin Gallery & Studios are based in lower Crumlin road, 11 high-ceiling Georgian studios providing a bright and clean working environment for visual artists.
An experimental composer and digital artist, Eric is currently developing mediums that will allow for the unearthing of otherwise hidden creative ideas. He is doing so through building alternative performance methods, platforms, environments and interfaces. His experimentation to date is culminating in the mediums of sound, visual art and video, drawing on these to articulate the user's vision and build on the output in real time to allow for full and dynamic exploration of often subconscious and evolving innovative expressions. A Dublin native, Eric has been active in music and performance from an early age and graduated with a BMus (Music) from University College Cork in 2015. While in Cork, Eric collaborated and performed with Cork Audio Visual Ensemble (CAVE), attending and performing at the International Computer Music Conference in Athens, Greece in 2014. Eric also directed and composed and performed for UCC’s New Music Ensemble. Eric's current work will form part of his final thesis submission for an MA in Digital Music and Media Composition. soundcloud.com/deckardofficial
76-77 Old Kilmainham Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
The MART Kilmainham Gallery & Studios are based in Old Kilmainham, minutes away from IMMA and NCAD. With 1 Gallery & 8 contemporary studios providing a comfy working environment for visual artists.
Philip Stewart is a freelance composer who has contributed music and sound design to a broad spectrum of genres including theatre, dance, documentaries and short films. His work incorporates aural elements outside the scope of traditional musical composition using facets of Foley and field recording allowing considerations of tone, rhythm and cadence to be explored in the wider context of the work. At its heart his work strives to convey a cohesive sonic aesthetic where musical and non-musical elements are intrinsically linked, blurring the boundaries of our perceptual conventions.
Abalonia studied Costume Design at Inchicore College of Education. Since graduating in 2015, she has worked in both theatre and film, on productions such as 8 Women in Smock Alley Theatre and on BBC’s Ripper Street. Abalonia also works in styling; she has worked on TV ads and music videos, as well as working on artistic installations for events such as Offset. Alongside this, she is working on a personal project, designing costumes for a self-directed performance which will take place next year. This project is about showcasing her skills and demonstrating her personal style as a designer.
Eims O'Reilly is a writer who also works in the arts and theatre in Dublin city. At present her work explores personal narratives and revisionist memories by way of performance and multimedia art.
Kathy Herbert is an artist with 30 years experience. Her work is mainly sculpture and drawings. The themes explored throughout her practice centre on the human connections and interactions with the Earth and how art can articulate that relationship. kathyherbert.ie
46 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6
The MART House Gallery & Studios are based in Lower Rathmines in a large terraced building. It hosts one Gallery & 15 studios ranging from shared to solo occupancy for visual artists.
I’m an artist living in a Dublin, I have diploma in art education from UAOS (Academy of Arts in Osijek),Croatia, last project I was working on was how tv become foundation of personal and social life, changing the way we communicate, influencing our knowledge and free time and at the same time changing face of families by reconsidering social and individual values. The same new “pop culture” whose interests and needs are create by mass media are sending cultural codes and messages for future global consumer, in my intention to show influence and effects of “soul of 20th century”, as Senaldi describes television in his essay (M. Senaldi, Teleestetic), as trustworthy as possible, I reflected my own experience by observing myself and people in my life in unique atmosphere which this media creates. I’m working in different medias always depend on what I’m working on, but I prefer painting, I was exhibiting on several group exhibitions and I was awarded with two Osijek Academy Awards one was for multimedia and the second one was for painting (last project I was working on).
Argus House, Malpas Street, Blackpitts, Dublin 8
The 6 studios in MART's Malpas Street Gallery & Studios are based in a historic block providing a warm working environment for an array of multidisciplinary artists. It is host to 1 gallery & 6 studios.
GUM is a collective of Dublin based visual artists, established in 2013. Originating from printmaking, our members and skill set have evolved beyond print into sculpture, assemblage, video, performance, animation and paint, whilst maintaining the community ethos and sensibilities associated with printmaking. We have created an environment of analytical discussion and open debate about visual art. Through the sharing of ideas, methodologies and materials our work has diversified and developed, while maintaining distinctive qualities individual to each member. Our constant aim is to produce exciting and engaging art for both ourselves and the viewer. Striving to increase accessibility and engagement in the Visual Arts. We are: Aaron Burns, Aaron Smyth, Alex de Roeck, Aimee Gallagher, Ciara O'Brien, Ciaran Gallen, Clare Marie Ryan, Luke O'Meara, Sadbh O'Brien, Sofya Mikhaylova and Stephen Lau. Check out: gumcollective.com & facebook.com/gumcollective
Based mainly in Dublin, I work mainly in oil paint. Ideas about the personal and everyday are the basis of my work. The question of a critical process hinges upon taking the very familiar and transposing it into something special through a process of painting. “Start with what you know”. The constant, the comfortable, the familiar. This subject matter allows me to be grounded and emotionally attached while I explore the versatility, freedom and language of paint. Working from deliberately staged photographs and photos from family albums often the lack of information recorded can lead to a deeper consideration of the potential use of paint - the light, the build up of colour, the composition, the orderliness or untidiness may result in a kind of improvisation. Noël Carroll states “Paint does not determine how it will be used, but the purposes for which paint used determine the relevant features of the medium for the task at hand.” eileenosullivan.com
My practice involves drawing, architectural models and temporary experiential installations. These are psychological, disrupted, in-between spaces, which are activated by the viewer. They employ familiar kinetic architectural and engineering mechanisms from everyday life and repurpose them in a way to de-stabilise our preconceptions of space and how we move through it. Check out: elaineleader.com
My practice is concerned with the rhythm in relationships and the consequences of repeat patterns in both a societal and personal domain. It is informed by detailed analysis of data and research. Conceptually driven, my practice examines the essential component of maths and truth in aesthetics. It raises a narrative inquiry to social science concerns and is committed to an examination of the parallels between mathematics, economics, aesthetics and choreography and motivated by the questions raised. elvamulchrone.com
MART Creative Hub, Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8
The MART Creative Hub, Portobello operates 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.