Buy a little piece of my MART now honey!
We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings in 2007 with a small exhibition in an old cottage in Galway’s Arts Festival.
In 2016 we reached our third birthday for our gallery & studios the old Fire Station in the heart of Rathmines. We spent a good year and half during 2012/13 bringing the building back to life. After more than 20 years lying dormant and decaying, we are proud the Fire Station is now an important focal point for Rathmines, Dublin and contemporary art in Ireland.
BUT there’s still a lot more work to be done…can YOU help?
Your support will see us continue much-needed renovation works in the Fire Station, ensuring this historic building’s sustainability into the future. As a supporter you will become an important stakeholder in the development and promotion of challenging contemporary art from Dublin, Ireland and beyond.
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HISTORY OF 190A
190A Rathmines Road has been a key player in the aesthetic of Rathmines Village since the 1830s, originally built as a late Georgian Town House, the current front and rear extensions were added in the late 1800s. For nearly 70 years between 1913 and into the 1980s, the extended house was home to Rathmines Fire Station. When the fire officers moved out, various community facilities made use of the space, including Rathmines Public Library. From 1993 for about 20 years 190A went through the bluest of blue periods, with the building laying dormant and decaying…..
In 2012, Ciara Scanlan and Matthew Nevin negotiated a new lease on the former Fire Station and spent the following 18 months bringing it back to life. In September 2013, they swung open the big red doors and since they have cared for the building like it was their own child! In 2015 alone Mart welcomed 13,565 gallery visitors, hosted 27 Exhibitions and 18 Events, including 4 art experiments and 3 theatre performances.