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Ali Waked

Performance Artist

Angelica Santander

Visual Artist

Anthony D Kelly

Editor, journalist & author

Aoife Carrigy

Design

Attention Attire

Visual Artist

Barbara Healy

Artist

Bárbara Oliveira

Visual Artist

Ben Mc Cabe

Visual Artist

Billy Dante

Visual Artist

Bob Campbell

Visual Artist

Burnell McKenna

Designer

Capulet & Montague

Artist

Cian Hughes

Director

Ciara Scanlan

Visual Artist

Claire Prouvost

Visual Artist

Colleen Keough

Visual Artist

Conor Burke

Artist

Conor Nolan

Writer & curator

Dani Gill

Visual Artist

David Whelan

Visual Artist

Derval Tubridy

Operations & Finance Manager

Edward Sheehy

Visual Artist

Elaine Chapman

Filmmaker

Eoin Heaney

Milliner

Freya Oatway

Visual Artist

Gavan Duffy

Designer

Georgina Diaz

Artist

Georgina Kendall

Filmmaker

Grace Sexton

Visual Artist

Irene Uhlemann

Ceramic Artist

Jeanne Sheridan

Visual Artist

Jessica Checkley

Visual Artist

Jessie Rae White

Designer

Jodi Steel

Artist

Joey Doyle

Visual Artist

Katarzyna Gajewska

Curation & Performance Art Advisor

Katherine Nolan

Artist

Lily O’Shea

Visual Artist

Lily Walkington

Visual Artist

Lina Cekanaviciene

Visual Artist

Lisa Gealbhan

Visual Artist

Luke Reidy

Visual Artist

Marian Basta

Visual Artist

Mariana Madoleva

Visual Artist

Marina Karysheva

Visual Artist / Milliner

Mark Garvie

Director

Matthew Nevin

Visual Artist

Maura Culbert

Visual Artist

Naoise Sheridan

Visual Artist

Niamh Daniels

Visual Artist

Oleg Brazhnyk

Visual Artist

Oona Hyland

Visual Artist

Roisin Cunningham

Visual Artist

Rose McGowan

Musician

Ruth O’Mahony-Brady

Visual Artist

Sam Lambert

Visual Artist

Sarah Edmondson

Visual Artist

SC Walsh

Film Director & Cinematographer

Sean Clarke

Visual Artist

Shane Cluskey

Visual Artist

Terence Erraught

Visual Artist

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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.

Performance Artist

Angelica Santander

I am a Clown originally from Chile and living in Ireland since 2002. I studied Acting in Chile and I continue with my development as an artist in Ireland completing a Technical theatre course 2005 and a master’s degree in Theatre studies in 2009. The same year I started working as a clown and in 2013 I started my training in the Pochinko Method, “clown through mask”, with Sue Morrison. This training revolutionised my understanding of the art of clowning and brought my practice towards a higher artistic level, its main principle is:

If we ever face all directions of ourselves at once we could only laugh at the beauty of our own ridiculousness.

Following this principle, 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. I want to connect with an audience and bring my personal experience in the performance of universal themes.
Furthermore, utilising theatrical and clown techniques I want to investigate and develop the interconnection between theatre, clown and Circus arts. I believe that Circus arts are the forefront of contemporaneous performance arts and that the general public is thirsty for more.


My work is based on the ethos of hard work, commitment, respect, consistency, discipline, free expression and fun.

Visual Artist

Anthony D Kelly

Anthony D Kelly is a Writer, Visual Artist and Psychotherapist. He is currently based in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland. He works mainly with Collage and Poetry techniques to create hopeful, humorous and deeply satirical work. He has experience as a Gallery Administrator and Project Facilitator from his time at Basement Project Space, an artist-led initiative which was part of the cultural fabric of Cork City, Ireland (2009-2012). Anthony was selected as the Kolaj Institutes World Collage Day artist 2023. He has exhibited across Ireland, Europe and in the U.S.A. He has delivered workshops and lectures in Ireland, Brussels and Warsaw. His work has featured in many publications including ‘Empty Columns are a Place to Dream’ from Kasini House. He has work in the permanent collections of Mayo County Council, The Kolaj Institute, New Orleans, USA and The Henry Sheldon Museum, Vermont, USA. He has studied Arts Administration, Arts Participation and Global Development and Humanistic Psychotherapy. Anthony is greatly interested in the Arts as an effective method for seeking beyond the known to formulate the new. He is deeply interested in the creative interplay between literature and visual art, the quality of wonder, and their roles in promoting positive mental health.

Editor, journalist & author

Aoife Carrigy

Aoife is a food, drinks and travel writer and editor, wine columnist, co-author of cookbooks, curator and host of live drinks events, and post-grad researcher of the culture of Irish pubs.

Design

Attention Attire

Attention Attire creates limited edition, handmade outerwear and accessories from upcycled camping gear left behind at Ireland’s music festivals. Each piece is crafted with recycled materials that would otherwise end up in landfill. This isn’t fast fashion, this is forward thinking fashion.

Visual Artist

Barbara Healy

Barbara Healy is a Visual Artist and Art Director. She holds a degree in Fine Art Painting from NCAD and an MS.c in Creative Advertising from TUD. Her work explores the intersection between Environment and Capitalism. Barbara’s practice is multidisciplinary, she works primarily in Paint, Installation and Print.

Artist

Bárbara Oliveira

I’m a visual artist for animation and I’m focusing now on my journey of developing my own personal work. I love to explore mythology, iconology with a spice of science fiction and fantasy. I hope to be able to tell stories that aren’t necessarily bound by our modern historical development while exploring identity, relationships and socioeconomics.

Visual Artist

Ben Mc Cabe

Ben Mc Cabe is a graduate of the Dublin School of Architecture DIT, Lund University Sweden, the University of Ulster, the University of Wales and Trinity – St Davids. He has commenced a PhD in Leeds.
His practice is centred on architecture and art. He has been shortlisted for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, the Rome Prize, Bloom Award, Law into Art at UCD amongst others.
Ben has been a Research Fellow at CSC UH in urban design and food security, a Grad Fellow of the PFBC in urban sustainability and an architectural designer at Foster+Partners London. He has also been the Course Director for the British Academy of Garden Design. Ben is interested in the empty places of rural Ireland; landscapes, abandoned homes, neglected farms, forgotten myths and lore. Through drawing, paint or photography, these rural identities are translated into craft, painting, installation or sculpture; evoking a deep sense of place.
Ben’s drawings, paintings and designs have been exhibited all over the world. He believes that an ability to draw by hand is fundamental to all design and art practice.

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

Bob Campbell

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

Roberto Matta

Visual Artist

Burnell McKenna

I strive to inspire everyone to connect more deeply with nature through enchanting watercolour botanical paintings and experimental abstracts that are rooted in the innate human connection to nature, landscapes, seascapes and other natural elements.

Designer

Capulet & Montague

Capulet & Montague has gained a strong following among women who appreciate her acute boldness and purity of design; her work has gone on to feature in numerous magazines, editorial shoots and features partnered with pieces ranging from haute couture to established Irish designers.

Winner of the 2015 IFIA award for Irish Jewellery designer of the year.
Winner of the 2015 IFIA award in all categories for Innovation.
Winner of 2019 Irish made jewellery designer of the year.

Artist

Cian Hughes

Cian Hughes is a director and animator based in Dublin. He works in animation for television and in music video production. In his spare time he likes to paint and make experimental animation.

Director

Ciara Scanlan

Ciara Scanlan is an Artist and Curator based in Dublin. She holds a Masters in Art in the Digital World from NCAD Dublin and graduated from Crawford College of art in 2005 with a First class BA in Fine Art. In her Art practice she is interested in the ever-present force of the media and its ability to both unify and segregate society. Ciara works primarily through the medium of Video, performance, web based interventions. She is a founding Director of MART since 2007; a multidisciplinary arts organisation that is committed to the development and promotion of Contemporary Visual Arts.

Visual Artist

Claire Prouvost

Claire Prouvost is a French visual artist based in Dublin. Her colourful, bold and minimal style is inspired by the cubist art movement. She loves to diversify her practice and work on a variety of mediums, from digital illustration, acrylic painting to large-scale murals and street art. She likes to explore the complexity of relationships and human interactions, telling stories through colours, deconstructed figures, intuitive lines and expressive shapes. Her art is celebrating diversity, the female form and shared human experiences.

Visual Artist

Colleen Keough

Colleen Keough is an Integrated Media Artist working across multiple disciplines and genres of expression. Her work explores poetic-feminisms and phenomena associated with identity, technology, voice, mythos, and the natural world. These investigations take shape as multimedia performances, 2D visual art, animations, video projections and installations, audio recordings, and digital art works. Colleen is an award winning artist and creative writer and has taught and mentored artists in higher education for over a decade. Her works have been exhibited and screened nationally and internationally.

Visual Artist

Conor Burke

My work is predominantly focused on exploring systemic themes, be they social, political, lingual, material or meta-physical, within which I seek to highlight social relations and the dialectical interactions that are the source of change within the world. A key theme that underpins much of my work is the concept of power and class and how that finds expression in the structures that we create as a society and how it is reflected in the built environment around us. l often make drawings and paintings of specific buildings with a certain social significance and then layer them with multiple perspectives, abstracting the image to an extent in order to give expression to a deeper social meaning such as class consciousness or our relation to nature or the likes. These more philosophical concerns act mainly as a point of embarkation but which also fuel the evolution of my work throughout the creative process.

My work is often based on certain vexations towards the systemic forces that dominate contemporary society, but rather than concentrating on the negative associations of this, I prefer to look at the positive potentiality for progressive change. My work up to this point has consciously excluded figurative representations of the human form, as I’m more concerned with expressing the structural nature of systemic oppression that exist, rather than the subjective or individualistic experiences that each of us go through. My work possesses a strong Marxian influence which often underpins the social expression that I am aiming to incorporate into the work. These concerns are more about my own subjective input, they act as the driving force that under pins my creative process. My work tends to look at the common threads that exist between our manufactured environment and that of the natural world and the symbiotic structures that exist within this relationship.

Aesthetic concerns play a significant role in how the work finds expression, these deeper social and philosophical concerns at a certain point give way to the simplicity of creating a visually pleasing image or structure. Aesthetics I feel It are important with regard to our collective need for order and symmetry in relation to making a connection with the viewer. Which in essence is actually a material reflection of these deeper systemic themes that I an attempting to address. My work often tends to start off with a simple image, design or text that appeals to me, and through a process of drawing or writing it evolves and incorporates various different elements throughout, I tend not to start off with a comprehensive plan but rather a loose outline and I just let the project evolve as I go, this method allows the work to take on a life of its own which can lead to sometimes unexpected and interesting results.

Artist

Conor Nolan

Conor Nolan is an illustrator currently based in Dublin. You can spot Conor’s work through its bold shapes and bright, limited colour palettes inspired by the aesthetics of different analog making techniques such as screen printing and collage. Conor’s work consists of a graphic depiction of a variety of characters and motifs, with interesting expressions, inky lines, and a distinct textured appearance.

Writer & curator

Dani Gill

Dani is a writer, curator and creative producer based in the west of Ireland. She was the Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature (2011-2016) and has also worked with Galway Theatre Festival, Ennis Bookclub Festival, Decadent Theatre Company, Words Ireland, County Councils, Arts Centres and venues nationwide.
In 2017 her debt poetry collection After Love was published by Salmon Poetry and went on to be made into a dance/theatre show that premiered at Galway International Arts Festival in 2021. Her next collection Lessons in Kindness will be published in Spring 2023. She also writes fiction and is currently under commission to write a theatre piece.
In 2022 she founded Match in the Dark, a writer support and advocacy platform.
She is also the Artistic Director of The Lighthouse Project, a site-specific collaborative process where artists respond to lighthouses and their environments around Ireland.

Visual Artist

David Whelan

Whelan’s work is uniquely his own, mixing humour and surrealism to make fun, colourful, funny artwork. Whelan originally studied Printmaking but has now branched out into a variety of different mediums, including creating comics, 3D artwork and digital art. Whelan uses a mixture of dreams, his own background and storytelling to influence and create his unique pieces of art.

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.

Operations & Finance Manager

Edward Sheehy

Edward is our Operations & Finance Manager. He knows all the buildings inside out and here to answer any of your questions on our wonderful portfolio of studios. He has a background in Animation and Illustration.

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.

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.

Milliner

Freya Oatway

Contemporary hat maker for girls and guys.

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.

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.

Artist

Georgina Kendall

Handmade to order, sustainable womenswear designer. Collections are fashion-forward, timeless and unique, using 100% natural fabrics. Every piece is handcrafted start to finish by Georgina and her sewing machine.

Filmmaker

Grace Sexton

Grace is an independent filmmaker and film producer from Dublin. She studied film studies n Sweden and subsequently obtained a degree in Film and TV Production. She is interested in ecological filmmaking and documentary.

Visual Artist

Irene Uhlemann

Primarily a painter Uhlemann also makes artists books. She frequently uses words as a springboard for ideas; the lyricism of poetry and the fluidity of paint and mark-marking complement each other.

Ceramic Artist

Jeanne Sheridan

I am originally from Galway and became heavily influenced by the landscapes and colours around me. My family and I moved to NEw Zealand 4 years ago and since my arrival I have loved indulging my curiosity in the natural landscape. New Zealand has a lot in common with Ireland with its ruggedness and vibrancy. I completed my diploma in ceramics through Otago polytechnic in Auckland studio potters and have been teaching local pottery classes for the past 2 years in Auckland. On my return to the emerald isles, The continued focus of my works will be an exploration of the world around us and the textural elements found in the natural environment.

Visual Artist

Jessica Checkley

I completed my studies in 3D design, model making and digital arts in 2019 and during my time there I learned to work with a wide variety of materials and tools. This combined with the skills and knowledge I’ve gained as a wax work technician and mold maker in bronze art has influenced the work I create today. My sculpture is intricate and detailed and I like to explore my practice by producing work in a variety of materials through experimentation. The context of my work is inspired by a lot of film, mythology and science fiction. I would describe my style as a mix of the surreal and the macabre that I hope both intrigues and fascinates people.

Visual Artist

Jessie Rae White

Jessie Rae White (she/they) is a Limerick based artist who specializes in painting, printing and collage based media. Their work often uses a base of pink, purple and blue and is generally rooted in feminism and queer experiences. She graduated with a degree in fine art painting from Limerick School of Art & Design, TUS in 2022. Since graduating, they have shown work in 126 Gallery, Lismore Castle The Mill, Sailors Home and more. Her acrylic paintings have a crude, in-your-face painting style that aims to have the viewer focus on the messages behind the piece.

Designer

Jodi Steel

Vibrant colours and funky accessories are the trademark look of Fine Wee Lass, a collection of handmade products from a Glaswegian girl living in the heart of Galway.

Artist

Joey Doyle

Joey Doyle is a Visual Artist from Dublin, Ireland who’s work ranges from colourful abstract pieces to more detailed, if not surrealist pieces and also a mixture of both styles. All hand painted onto mostly linen canvases, his style will evolve and rotate as inspiration does.

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.

Curation & Performance Art Advisor

Katherine Nolan

An artist, lecturer and curator specialising in gender and new media. With a particular focus on tensions between the experiential and the spectacular body, her research investigates gender, identity and desire in the context of digital cultures. Recent publications include Fear of Missing Out: Performance Art through the Lens of Participatory Digital Culture (2021) and Reading Queer Irish Performance across Live and Digital Practice (2021)

Artist

Lily O’Shea

Lily O’Shea (b. 1997) is an artist and writer based in Cork concerned with political questions surrounding the contemporary labourer. Lily’s work utilizes performance, sculpture, and text to expand on the materiality of precarity while foregrounding various anxieties endured by the modern-day worker. Recent work explores the issue of sustaining an art practice while experiencing burn out, the effects of hyper-productivity and its ability to drain one’s creative resources. Lily’s research draws from reality tv, mailing lists, fiction and unfinished artworks to explore potential strategies against burnout. Recent solo exhibition include: slow puncture, Sample-studios, curated by Ali O’Shea, Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Cork, 2021. Group exhibitions include; A Caring Matter, Dublin Art Book Fair 2022, curated by Rosie Lynch, 1 MART GALLERY & STUDIOS DAC – STUDIO MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, 2022; host/ghost, Rebound Arts Festival, group exhibition curated by Aoife Hayes and Glenn Dunlea, Cork, 2022; a passive house ii – collective burnout and changing time, presentation with Alison O’Shea at Rebel Reads, Cork 2021; Annual Awards Show, MART, Dublin 2021; a passive house, a publication initiated by Cork based curator Alison O’Shea, 2020; Rhetoric Degree Showcase, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, 2020; Villa the End, Berlin Gallery Weekend, Charlottenburg, Germany, 2019. Recent writing include; ‘Beyond Tokenism’, an interview with Dr. Eve Olney of Radical Institute featured in Genuinely Seeking publication edited by Rachel Botha, Bloomers, 2022; ‘foggy’ a text featured on The Paper website, The Paper, 2021; ‘Laggard’, a text featured on The Paper website, The Paper, 2021; ‘Collaborative Survival in Precarious Times’, a text featured in Hypertext (Issue 06), Bloomers, 2020.

Visual Artist

Lily Walkington

Lily Walkington is an emerging ceramic artist. Somewhat new to the craft, Lily thrilled to have this opportunity and space to develop her artistic style and body of work, as well as connect with other creatives.

Visual Artist

Lina Cekanaviciene

My name is Lina Cekanaviciene, I am an independent artist originally from Lithuania but now reside in Galway, Ireland. I am a Doll-Maker. I use mixed techniques-oven baked/air drying clay, papier-mâché.

Visual Artist

Lisa Gealbhan

Born into a family of artists, Lisa’s work reflects a commitment to showcasing beauty within and around us, inspiring resilience in the face of life’s challenges. Her education in art and philology influences her creations, emphasising dreams and the tender nature of human empathy.  Lisa believes art has the power to prompt introspection and drive positive change, encouraging a collective pursuit of an empathetic world.

Visual Artist

Luke Reidy

Architectural structures and the impact they have on their surroundings are often perceived as works of art. I have always had a fascination with form and balance in architecture and in particular I love the simplicity I can evoke with this. Through screen-printing I rebuild structures using simple shapes, vibrant colours and overlapping transparent layers. My architectural structures are broken down into the simplest forms folding and unfolding, using depths and planes which orientate in space as the flat image becomes almost three dimensional. The introduction of organic curved shapes brings a new dimension which contrasts with my sharp architectural forms and the inspiration for these shapes was drawn from the coast where I grew up in Co.Clare.

My use of colour highlights the depth of these unique forms and gives them visual energy. My vision is to create work that is clean, crisp and confident, structures with strong visual impact and complement modern-day
interiors.

Visual Artist

Marian Basta

Marian Basta is an Egyptian artist based in Dublin, specializing in oil painting. She obtained her BFA degree in Graphic from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 2012.

She began her career in Egypt as a commercial graphic designer. In 2018, she relocated to Ireland, where she delved into the realms of oil and acrylic mediums. By 2020, she had cultivated a distinct and signature art style influenced by cubism, Coptic iconography, and ancient Egyptian art.

Basta’s art critically examines social and cultural perspectives, often drawing inspiration from diverse global cultures spanning various eras. A staunch advocate for individual empowerment, her subjects range from life passions and women’s freedom to music and architecture. Her creations mirror deeply familiar visual scenarios.

Characterized by vibrant and highly saturated colors, the stark contrast of her palette, and the rich textures from thick paint knives, her artwork is unmistakable. Basta strives to make her art resonate with viewers on a personal level, either evoking a sense of nostalgia or sparking emotions. She wishes for viewers to feel the comfort and recognition of seeing their own thoughts and feelings reflected in her visuals.

Visual Artist

Mariana Madoleva

My name is Mariana Madoleva. I am a self-taught artist. Five years ago I started painting pictures with watercolor and acrylic paints using different styles and techniques. My pictures are for the interior design and can be made to order.

Visual Artist

Marina Karysheva

Marina is a self developing artist, exploring different styles and mediums, who finds inspiration in the nature, people, and mystery of our world.

Visual Artist / Milliner

Mark Garvie

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

Director

Matthew Nevin

Matthew Nevin is a Cultural Producer with over 20 years of experience working in film, television and the arts throughout the US, Ireland, UK and Europe.  He is Co-Director of The MART Gallery & Studios Dublin where he oversees the running of over 100 artist studios and a Contemporary Art Gallery, and serves as Executive Director of CIACLA – The Contemporary Irish Art Center Los Angeles – a non profit which produces contemporary Irish cultural events in California. 

Matthew has recently Produced and Directed the award winning feature length documentary What is Going to Happen Next?, which reaches into the minds of one person from every country in the world; winning several awards and screening at 21 international film festivals. Recently produced projects include the short films ‘Maggie’ and ‘180 Degrees’ both filmed during the covid-19 pandemic. As an Art Director & Designer for film and tv he has worked on hit shows, such as Luther, Eastenders, The Bill, The Amazing Race, working with CBS, BBC, ITV, Element Pictures, RTE, TG4 and MTV.

Matthew has produced over 60 exhibitions internationally, curating several large scale creative projects in Ireland, UK, Europe, USA and Japan; for MART, CIACLA, PQ, IrelandWeek, EUCIA and Imagine Ireland. Through his own artwork he has exhibited internationally and created artwork for leading brands such as Ralph Lauren.

Matthew is a passionate advocate for the arts, he looks to create conversation and dialogue about key world issues, directly connecting the audience with a relatable narrative. He has a particular interest in the creation of inclusive projects that actively break down social and economic barriers.

Matthew holds a degree in Film & TV & Scenography from the University of Wales Aberystwyth and a Masters in Art in the Contemporary World from National College of Art & Design Dublin. He has secured funding from Culture Ireland, Arts Council of Ireland, Kildare, Galway & Dublin City Councils, Visual Artists Ireland, IFA Germany, Alliance Francaise, David Manley Awards, JEC Fund, Dept of Foreign Affairs Ireland, Creative Ireland and received a commission from Ralph Lauren.

www.matthewnevin.comwww.mart.iewww.ciacla.com  – www.whatisgoingtohappennext.com 

Visual Artist

Maura Culbert

Hi, I did my degree in fine art many years ago. I paint using acrylic on board. The two subjects I like to paint are interior space and seascapes. Only recently l brought out a series of prints which are really great quality.

Visual Artist

Naoise Sheridan

My current practice uses large-scale painting, installation, and mural work featuring dense botanical environments and naturalistic creatures of the nude female figure to explore our origins as human beings in the hope of gaining a greater understanding of our place in this world as a species. Homo sapiens have long preferred to view themselves as entirely set apart from animals, as different from them as they are to plants and yet this is not the case. In reality we are just another, more heavily populated species of animal. On an even deeper level with our surroundings, we are all just different species of organisms. Creatures of the earth, all beings, including humans are not separate from nature, but rather a part of it. Our forgotten place as creatures in this world has cemented us into an imagined order of environmental ignorance that brings with it a wave of negative human impact so vast that it has brought our current status up to being the most destructive parasitic species the world has ever witnessed. Through my work I focus on these topics, expressing my own personal reflections of discomfort and confusion over being a member of this species that I both love and am disgusted by, while also considering the idea that even though it is largely forgotten in the modern mind, we all still hold a connection to this earth and all other organisms on it. An acknowledgement of this connection and a rekindled respect for the earth are of the upmost importance if we as a species want to reclaim our true selves and escape the cycle of extinction we have carved for ourselves and all those around us. Naoise Sheridan is an award-winning Irish artist based between Galway and Wicklow. Her practice is primarily focused on human-kind’s forgotten place on the earth as creatures of nature, producing large-scale botanical paintings, installations, sculptures and murals featuring naturalistic creatures of the nude female figure. She is Co-Director of the 126 Gallery, Galway and has organised & curated multiple exhibitions over the past number of years. She has been awarded funding by the Arts Council of Ireland and graduated with a BA(H) in Contemporary Art in 2020. Alongside her practice she also creates installations for Irish music festivals such as Electric Picnic and has launched the Bleached Jungles project, a community-inclusive mural project aiming to reintroduce elements of nature into urbanized spaces.

Visual Artist

Niamh Daniels

Niamh Daniels is an award-winning textile print designer and artist from Galway.
Since launching her business, Niamh has established a reputation for top quality, high-end accessories that are vibrant and distinctive. Her signature style are prints with a fine art approach, combining a strong use of colour, with her own drawing, painting and photography.
She is constantly inspired by the ever-changing landscape of the West of Ireland, its fauna, flora and dramatic skies.

Visual Artist

Oleg Brazhnyk

Oleg Brazhnyk is a self-taught, Dublin based artist working primarily in digital, acrylic and watercolour painting, with the most fascinating results coming from the collaboration of digital and physical mediums.

Visual Artist

Oona Hyland

Oona Hyland is a visual artist. She has over 25 years experience working as a professional artist. Currently she is shortlisted for the ON Paper International Print Prize and was recently elected to the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. Oona Hyland is currently studying for an MA in Art Research and Collaboration at IADT.

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. 

Visual Artist

Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan is a Cork based Visual Artist and a member of The Backwater Artists Network & Visual Artists Ireland. Her paintings are included in both State and Corporate Collections in Ireland and private collections worldwide.A Fine Art graduate from The Crawford College of Art and Design, Rose has kept her passion and commitment to painting while also enjoying a career in Interior Architecture. Her surroundings have always greatly affected her work. Living in many different locations – her paintings contrast vast space in landscape to crowded night cities. Her paintings are a diary of emotion and change.

Musician

Ruth O’Mahony-Brady

Ruth is a musician, producer and composer. She has recorded and toured with a number of artists around the
world as a pianist, keyboardist and vocalist. Performing under the moniker ROMY, her solo project explores music
that seeks to combine her beginnings as a classical pianist with her love of vintage synths, organs and electronics.

Visual Artist

Sam Lambert

I’m Sam, and I work in the film industry as a Scenic Artist. I graduated from IADT with a BA (Hons) in Modelmaking for Film and Media in 2010. Away from the film set, I like to oil paint, and to work in 3d through plaster casting, and sculpting with clay.

Visual Artist

Sarah Edmondson

Sarah is a research-based, multidisciplinary artist. She is interested in the evolution of knowledge and the impact photography and cinema have on our understanding of the universe.

Visual Artist

SC 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.

Film Director & Cinematographer

Sean Clarke

Sean Clarke is a Dublin based director and cinematographer. He works mainly in documentary and film.

Visual Artist

Shane Cluskey

Shane Cluskey is an illustrator from Galway. He aims to tell a story in his pictures using dynamic composition with bold and deliberate use of colour, drawing your attention exactly where it needs to go. After completing a residency in the School of Visual Arts, New York he moved to London for 4 years, working as an illustrator. Did further education with the Illustration Academy in Kansas City and now resides in his hometown. His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration and has worked with such clients as The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Atheneum books / Simon & Schuster, O’Brien Press, Vinyl Moon Records, Rare Bird Lit, Totally Dublin and The Dublin Enquirer.

Photo credit: Boyd Challenger

Visual Artist

Terence Erraught

Terence Erraught is an artist, educator and project manager. His artistic practice encompasses a combination of traditional mediums such as painting, drawing and sculpture with digital modes of dissemination, primarily through digital video installations. He has lead creative projects across a diverse range of ages and environments including children, adults, the elderly and participants with learning disabilities with a focus on confidence building, ownership and opportunity.

Education includes:  Masters Degree in Visual Arts Practices (2011), B.A. (Hons.) Degree in Fine Art (2007) and a (Level 9) Special Purpose Award in Training and Education (2015).

National and internationally exhibitions include Los Angeles, Japan, England and Ireland.

Awards include: New Project Award (Irish Arts Council 2012), Fingal Arts Bursary (Fingal County Council 2015), Travel and Training Award (Irish Arts Council 2014).

Residencies include: NIDA Art Colony, Lithuania (2015), Market Studios Curatorial Award (2012).

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”.

Podcast

The Shift

The Shift is a podcast network that only creates podcasts that we think are that wee bit special. Home to Be Grand, I Don’t Know Her, Promenade and Sound in Space. If you have an idea for a show we would like to have a chat with you over a cup of tea.

Join MART’s Membership

With over 150 Members, MART is one of Irelands largest and longest running Artist led arts organisations. Join our community to gain development supports and benefits to assist your professional artistic career. MART began in 2007 and has supported its members and hundreds of artists through national and international exhibitions, art fairs, projects, talks, workshops, professional development opportunities and since 2013 has become one of Irelands largest of studio workspace providers.

MART Gallery & Studios offers four distinctive memberships, each tailored to support the professional development of artists at different stages of their career. Whether you’re seeking to connect with fellow artists, looking for professional development opportunities, in need of a dedicated studio space, or aiming to showcase your work at our annual visual arts exhibition, we have a membership to suit your needs.

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Membership

MART Membership Overview:

  • Digital Membership: Our entry-level membership provides access to Monthly Online Meet Ups, Artist Profile Promotion, Invitation to events and more. This low-cost membership is an excellent way to become part of the MART community and gain valuable insights from your peers.
  • Professional Development Membership: Going a step further, this membership includes all the benefits of the Digital Membership, along with inclusion in MART’s annual visual arts members exhibition, one to one mentoring, workshops, and a host of professional development opportunities. It is ideal for artists seeking to broaden their skills and networks.
  • Studios Membership: This membership is for artists seeking a dedicated workspace. As a Studios Member, you’ll have your own studio in one of MART’s buildings, available in various sizes and locations and includes all of our Professional Development Membership benefits. This membership puts the essential resources for creating art at your fingertips.
  • Associated Artist Exhibition Membership: As an artist, showcasing your work is paramount. This membership offers the opportunity to have a solo exhibition where you will receive a curatorial mentorship, installation support from a technician, and promotion of your exhibition on MART’s website and social media platforms. This membership is an excellent opportunity for exposure and professional growth.

About us

MART Gallery & Studios is an artist-led arts organisation based in Dublin founded in 2007 by Ciara Scanlan, Chloe Freaks and Matthew Nevin. Our mission is to be a leading advocate for the arts by providing sustainable creative art studios and to promote contemporary visual art through an engaging curatorial programme, to local and international audiences. 

Gallery

MART Directors Ciara Scanlan & Matthew Nevin have curated and supported hundreds of artists through previous exhibitions, events, festivals and art fairs across Ireland, UK, Europe, USA & Japan.  MART Gallery & Studios has a rich history of supporting and promoting the arts, and its artistic program is a reflection of this commitment. In 2013, the MART Directors transformed the old Rathmines Fire Station into two galleries, creating a new home for contemporary art in Ireland. MART’s galleries provide a space for artists to showcase their work and engage with local and international audiences. The organization supports artists working across all disciplines, with a particular emphasis on those working in sculpture, video, new media, installation, and live art-making practices.

Studios

MART Studios is one of the leading providers of sustainable workspace for the creative community in Dublin and Galway. With seven studio buildings and over 150 members, we offer a range of studios and project spaces to support emerging and established artists working in all forms of creativity. By working with local landlords and authorities, we transform spaces into vibrant and inspiring places for artists to work and create. We are dedicated to cultural advocacy, community building, and sustainability. Our studios provide a professional and affordable environment for artists to concentrate on their work, and our organization operates on a self-sustaining model. MART Studios is the largest supplier of independent space for the arts and cultural community in Ireland, and we have a strong impact on the local and national creative economy.

Ethos
  • Support for the Arts and Visual Culture: MART Gallery & Studios is a leading arts advocate providing support and creative platforms for the arts.
  • Artist Wellbeing: MART Gallery & Studios is committed to supporting and promoting the wellbeing of its artists, staff, and audience.
  • Sustainability: MART Gallery & Studios provides sustainable, affordable, and safe studios to artists.
  • Boosting the Creative Economy: MART Gallery & Studios ensures its activities improve the creative economy and cultural capital of its localities.
  • Community Building: MART Gallery & Studios regenerates vacant and derelict buildings to serve the local community and create opportunities for collaboration and support among artists.
  • Strong Cultural and Economic Impact: MART Gallery & Studios members and studios have a strong impact on the local and national creative economy.
  • Artist-Focused: MART Gallery & Studios was founded by artists, for artists, and seeks to create opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers.
Objectives
  • Cultural Advocacy: To raise awareness and support for the arts and visual culture, promoting inspiration, education, and freedom of expression. 
  • Community Building: To refurbish underutilised buildings and provide space to foster artistic communities who collaborate and engage with each other and their localities. 
  • Sustainability: To operate as a self-sustaining organisation and provide a safe studio environment that allows artists to concentrate on their work and maintain their practice in a dedicated space. 
  • Curation: To adopt facilitative and collaborative methods of curation and art production, led by and for the artist and their practice. The aim is to create opportunities for practitioners to take risks and move beyond traditional models of exhibition and art-making. 
  • Platforms: To develop innovative platforms to support and challenge artists, fostering cultural leadership. 
  • Public Engagement: To provide artists with opportunities through local and international exhibitions, and engage with a diverse range of audiences through in-person events and online.
  • Partnerships: MART collaborates with creative partners, civic bodies, political representatives, public funding bodies, local and national businesses, national and international cultural bodies and institutions.
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