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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

Please note that MART Gallery is currently closed to the public. We hope to reopen and continue our 2020 programme as soon as it is safe to do so.

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

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

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

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

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


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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

Please note that MART Gallery is closed to the public until further notice.

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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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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