The 11 studios of the MART’s Crumlin Gallery & Studios are based in Lower Crumlin road, nearby to the scenic Grand Canal. Featuring large spacious rooms with tall windows and high ceilings, these bright, airy spaces make an ideal working environment.
This former office space host a collection of large bright studios and some smaller studios. A comfortable and quiet space, these studios are home to a number of creatives and artists. The space includes two kitchenettes and serves as a tidy, tranquil working environment.
Across the canal is Dolphin’s barn, and this studio is also close to a number of residential areas: Rialto, Crumlin, Kimmage and Harold’s Cross. Only a short bus or Luas ride from the city centre. This building is home to a range of visual artists and creative professionals and is an ideal space for working in a calm, peaceful atmosphere.
Matthew Nevin is an Artist, Curator, and Co-Director of The MART Gallery & Studios Dublin and CIACLA – The Contemporary Irish Art Center Los Angeles. As a cultural producer he is devoted to providing artists with the support, guidance and resources they need to create and display art. His aim is to generate experiences that inspire curiosity while challenging perceptions and promoting the arts.
Through MART he supports over 150 studio members across eight buildings in Ireland’s largest studio network. Matthew works closely with artists at all stages of their career and has curated over 60 exhibitions in Ireland, UK, Central Europe, USA and Japan, leading projects on national, European and international projects for MART, CIACLA, PQ, IrelandWeek, EUCIA and Imagine Ireland.
Matthew is a passionate advocate for the arts, with a keen interest in sculpture, installation, experimental film and performance art. Through his own artwork, such as ‘The Core Project’, 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 spaces and projects that break down barriers and maintain an inclusive ethos.
Matthew completed a Degree in Film & TV and Scenography from University of Wales Aberystwyth and a Masters in Art in the Contemporary World from National College of Art & Design Dublin. He also works as a Film & Television Art Director and Designer in the UK, Ireland and the US and has previously worked for the BBC, MTV, RTE, TG4, Element Pictures and ITV.
Matthew 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.
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