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Fingal Arts Office Graduate Award Opportunity 2019

Fingal County Council Arts Office and MART are delighted to announce a Graduate Award to the support and professional development of recent graduates.

As part of an ongoing commitment to professional artists Fingal County Council’s Arts Office are offering a one-year Graduate Studio Award at MART with inclusion in the Award show in March 2020.

This residency will be offered to one graduate that meets the criteria outline below. The opportunity is part of a series of initiatives by Fingal Arts to promote and support the professional practice of emerging artists.  It will provide an ideal environment for the development of creative projects, development of a graduates practice and an opportunity to network with other artists.


Fingal County Council Graduate Award is based on an open submission for under and post graduate students graduating in 2019.  To apply for this award the graduate must live in, be originally from or have studied in Fingal and submit the following:

  1.  Personal Details.

Name of Applicant:

Contact Address:




  1. Supporting Information

Please provide a short biography of up to 700 words, this should include briefly your education.

  1. Current Practice

In more detail please tell us about the nature of your current practice, your ideas and how you are exploring and developing them through your work.  (no more than 1 page A4)

  1. Summary of Award Proposal

Please give a full description of how you propose to use the award opportunity at MART, describing how the opportunity will impact and effect your artistic practice and current research, what benefits do you anticipate the residency will bring to you professionally. (max 1 page A4)

  1. Supporting Visual Material

Please submit good quality visual examples of your work that demonstrate your arts practice to date.  All still and moving images should be clearly labelled with a brief description of the work.  Depending on the media used in your practice the following should be used as a guide:  Ten good quality still images, including detailed images or installation shots for installation work.

For further information please contact 01 890 6237 or email sarah.oneill@fingal.ie

The closing date for applications is 4pm Friday 26 Jul 2019

Please return all applications to:

Sarah O’Neill

Deputy Arts Officer

Fingal Arts Office

Fingal County Council

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Livestock: FOMO

Guest Curated by Katherine Nolan

MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6

This Livestock has been postponed. we will update this page and our social media with a new date later in the year

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Onwards - Studio Members' Exhibition 2019


MART Studio Members’ Exhibition 2019

Opens 16th May at 6pm

Runs to 27th June | 1pm -6pm Tuesday – Saturday

MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6


Alex de Roeck | Annie Gahan  | Billy Dante | Ciaran Meister | Colette O’Connell | Derek Fitzpatrick | Derval Tubridy | Elaine Chapman | Elise Missall | Fintan Wall | Frances Ruby Staunton | Gavan Duffy | Guida Ribé Rovira | James Moore  | Jane Frew | Joanna Hopkins | Julian King | Katarzyna Gajewska | Kate Hynes | Laura Skehan | Mariana Madoleva | Michael Bruce Weston | Michelene Huggard | Natasha Conway | Niamh Hannaford | Oriel Lett | Peadar Jolliffe-Byrne | Roisin Cunningham | SC Walsh | Scott O’Sullivan | Shane Berkery | Sinead Holly Woodnutt | Spencer Glover

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MART Gallery is delighted to present the 2019 studio members’ exhibition ‘Onwards’.

This exhibition showcases the work of 30 of our current studio members who are based across MART Studios including the Fire Station studios, Parker Hill Studios, Harold’s Cross Village Studios, Kilmainham and Crumlin Studios.

The choice to become an artist is based on a compelling desire to create. The development of an artist’s practice involves hard work, an unfaltering vision and a determined belief in one’s self. There is no clear career trajectory to follow or guaranteed path to success for an artist. It can seem like an onward struggle sometimes, but it is a labour of love.

We know that having a dedicated workspace is vital for enabling artists to create art. A studio also provides a place to showcase work to curators and buyers, and acts as a social space to meet other artists. Having a studio can also often professionalise an artist’s practice as it can signify a means of further developing their artistic careers.

A key part of MART’s mission is to support our entire community of members. Providing an opportunity to exhibit work publicly allows artists to raise individual profiles, widen their access to audiences and sell their work. The title of this exhibition – ‘Onwards’ – represents the artist’s journey; of progressing forward, looking towards the next project, the next challenge, the next step. This exhibition aims to champion the collective creative output of our members wherever their journey may take them.

To coincide with the opening of Onwards, we will also be hosting an Open Studio in our Fire Station studios above our gallery on Thursday 16 May. Our lovely members will be opening their doors to their spaces to allow visitors to see what goes on in our creative spaces.

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Galvanise | James L Hayes

Solo Exhibition by James L Hayes

Runs 18th July – 5th September 2019

Opening Reception Thursday 18th July at 6pm – The MART Gallery Rathmines,

About the Artist

James L Hayes is an Irish contemporary visual artist whose current work and research practice reinvests a modernist sculptural language. Recent projects use methods of artistic production as a means by which to interrogate the boundaries between artist, artisan and art object in order to draw out the often-incongruous relationships between finished art objects, and the industrial aspects of the processes that produce these revered objects.

This research-based practice has an art historical agenda, referencing key creative influences such as the celebrated Welsh artist Barry Flanagan.

Broader research interests range from contemporary interpretations of sculptural legacies, to site-specific interventionist works that draw from traces of significant pasts and histories.

Previous works have drawn on diverse subjects such as industrial archaeology, other environmental concerns and social and economic conflicts. Hayes predominantly sculptural practice also encompasses multi- disciplinary and sensory-based sculptural installations. He exhibits his works nationally and internationally whilst also developing large-scale public art commissions and site-specific projects.

He has been awarded numerous awards and grants to support his practice and he also invests heavily in the University educational sector and work across the UK & US higher education system frequently taking part in visiting lecturing series and international cross collegial projects and events. Hayes is a graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design, De Montfort University Leicester and the University of London. He is the principal lecturer in Sculpture at the Crawford College of Art in Cork, Ireland.


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A Negative Infinity | Richard Forrest

Solo Exhibition by Richard Forrest

Runs 26th September to 21st November 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday 26th September at 6pm – The MART Gallery Rathmines


About the Artist:

Working across sculpture, new media, and installation, my practice is characterised by a spirit of experimentation into phenomenology, analysing human perception and technology’s role in altering our perceptual and cognitive experiences. The physical mechanisms of experience are of keen interest to me, for example, with the eye and optics, I am interested in how light is converted into electrical signals. Further, my work is influenced by the flaws that occur in such systems; perceptual flaws that affect human experience, causing misdirections by the brain(e.g. hallucinations). I seek an expanded understanding of objects in an age of virtual acceleration. In exploring our learned and visual understanding of form, material and space, I counterpoint tangible materials with virtual 3D graphic software such as Blender, to construct installations that question simulacrum and authenticity. My research is heavily influenced by contemporary notions of representation. These influences range from John Carmack, a Texas based games programmer, aerospace and virtual reality engineer, to podcast channels such as Radiolab. My most recent work was shown at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, in March ’17, as part of the exhibition Futures. The roots of this work lie with the ancient Greek  philosophers and mathematicians who sought out truth, and looked for it within the rules and logic of language. The work takes logic as its point of departure – its journey as a shape-shifting entity from ancient Greece into the computer languages we use today. This  link – between the logic found in Greek dialectics and its contemporary form observed in computing systems – is explored through the creation of an immersive video piece depicting a virtual environment, and manipulated plaster-cast sculptures placed on geometric plinths positioned within the gallery space.  Since completing my BA honors degree in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork, Ireland in 2011, I maintained a committed studio-based practice, supported by a number of awards. I have presented solo exhibitions and participated in several group shows.



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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


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

Rescheduled date: Thursday 9 May – ‘Women in Film and TV’ – Led by Vanessa Gildea. – BOOK HERE


Previous SMART Talks


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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2019 Dublin Exhibition Programme

2019 will be a busy year of exhibitions at The MART Gallery Dublin with exhibitions featuring Richard Forrest, James L Hayes, Jane Fogarty, plus awardees Emma McKeagney (Fire Station Artists’ Studios Sculpture Award) and Eanna Heavey & Sarah Diviney (MART CIT Crawford Graduate Award) and an exhibition featuring work from MART Studio members.

In addition to our exhibitions we will also host a fresh series of SMART Talks throughout the year, with presentations from artists, creatives, and funding & support bodies.

This exhibition programme is made possible with the generous support of the Arts Council.