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HX Village Studios
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HX Village Studios

Our New Studios operate as an active collaborative approach, providing a supportive platform and opportunity as a means of showcasing and promoting cultural cooperation. We actively use methods of pooling resources and creative exchange to resource art, develop and build artistic and civic communities.

About the studios

The Building

This is MART’s largest building, allowing the freedom to explore large and small scale projects. A secure building with a collection of small, medium and large studios hosting over 60 members.

Location

Harold’s Cross, a beautifully scenic stretch of the city that becomes a buzzing social hub in summer months. Located close to a range of cafes, bars and parks. Just a couple of minutes walk from Camden Street, and the city centre.

Transport

Lots of bus routes (9, 16, 16c, 49, 54a) and fifteen minutes walk from Dublin City Centre. Situated close to a Dublin bike station.

Location

Members

Director

Matthew Nevin

Creative

Ali Waked

Visual Artist

SC Walsh

Filmmaker

Eoin Heaney

Visual Artist

Bob Campbell

Visual Artist

Katarzyna Gajewska

Visual Artist

Julian King

Visual Artist

Mariana Madoleva

Milliner

Freya Oatway

Visual Artist

Derval Tubridy

Visual Artist

Gavan Duffy

Designer

Georgina Diaz

Visual Artist

Roisin Cunningham

Visual Artist

Billy Dante

Visual Artist

Sarah Wilson

Clown / Director / Facilitator

Angelica Santander

Product Developer

Julia Doherty

Creative Group

Sing Along Social

Visual Artist

Sorcha O’Higgins

Visual Artist

Andrej Getman

Visual Artist

Stephen Burke

Visual Artist

Irene Uhlemann

Accessories Designer & Maker

Ali Lowndes

Visual Artist

The Ljilja

Visual Artist

Rachel Clarke

Visual Artist, Carpenter & Designer

Jason Kearney

Visual Artist

Allan Kinsella

Visual Artist

Lana May Fleming

Visual Artist

Atmos

Director

Matthew Nevin

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.

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.

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.

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.

Visual Artist

Bob Campbell

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

Roberto Matta

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.

Visual Artist

Julian King

My current artistic practice is based on the idea of “Digiconography”. Our current media environment is awash with the concept of the Celebrity personality. These figures who for the media consumer have no actual reality are akin to the Gods, Goddesses and mythical creatures of the ancient world. I take specific famous people who are abroad in the discourse and generate a network of associated ideas around them that pays homage to the collage style of the Surrealist movement. Formally my work would be “Maker Art”, as I use current technologies such as laser cutting and 3D printing to manifest digitally computer generated images.

What I believe in: Art as agency. Techno-democracy in place of technocracy. Technology as a tool – not a threat. Taking ownership of the means of reproduction. Hyperart for a Hyperreality.

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.

Milliner

Freya Oatway

Contemporary hat maker for girls and guys.

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.

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.

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

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

Sarah Wilson

I am a Dublin based visual artist and a studio facilitator at KCAT Art Centre in Kilkenny. I completed my studies in Fine Art at Loughborough University, followed by a Fine Art Masters at the Glasgow School of Art. In my practice, I adopt a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on exploiting the physical properties of materials in order to tell narratives. I look to engage viewers through textures, distinct use of colour, precarious arrangements and subtle uses of text. I currently exhibit in Ireland as well as abroad including previous locations such as China, New York and Finland.

Clown / Director / Facilitator

Angelica Santander

I am a Clown, director and drama/circus facilitator, I research and develop the interconnection between theatre, clown and Circus arts. 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. Creations that transport the audience to a different world, a fantastic space that will change and transform both performers and audiences alike. My work is based on the ethos of hard work, commitment, respect, consistency, discipline, free expression and fun. Circus arts and theatre requires a group effort bringing us together regardless of our background. Each team member is equally important. Everyone has a place and everyone is considered. The cathartic power of its practice invites us to understand better our personal journey and express ourselves in a healthy and joyful way.

Product Developer

Julia Doherty

Julia is a Product Developer working at the intersection of textiles and technology. Her expertise in product development comes from her back round of garment and textile design development, product development and production management across the UK, China, and Ireland. Her work is primarily focused around understanding the inherent relationships between product performance technology and human experience and how this can be translated into better design for better futures.

Creative Group

Sing Along Social

The Sing Along Social hosts singing parties for people who can’t sing. Run by The Craic Mechanics, this chaotic choir of craic has pops up at private parties and festivals nationwide (and internationally too), and at their Dublin residencies in The Sugar Club and MVP. Our studio space at Mart is where we brainstorm and make ridiculous props to help bring our favourite cheesy pop songs to life. Think giant pink signs with hand-painted lyrics and custom made disco ball tiaras.

Visual Artist

Sorcha O’Higgins

Sorcha O’Higgins is a collage artist and freelance writer. With a background in architecture and urban art, she works almost exclusively with existing analogue material to create both abstract and figurative work. She is drawn to bold colours, patterns and contrasting elements, which she then compositionally curates to construct playful, direct and sometimes brazen artworks. Her style ranges from geometric and architectural to fluid and harmonious, and recent work has focused on using the medium of collage to examine gendered imagery. She has done bespoke commissions for hotels, theatre productions, magazine covers, album artwork and brand identities, as well as commercial prints and personal work. She runs corporate and group workshops, and intends this year to expand her practice into artscape installations for spaces, brands and events.

Visual Artist

Andrej Getman

I am a Dublin based artist of Lithuanian heritage and my paintings focus on colour or the absence of colour in everyday life. I primarily work using oils on canvas and mixed media, and my inspiration comes from my surroundings and travels. My most recent work has focused on an empty apartment building in my area which could and should have been utilized to reduce Ireland’s homelessness crisis. Empty buildings that are ‘Hidden in plain site’ evoke a mix of emotions that I try to convey in my paintings.

Visual Artist

Stephen Burke

Stephen’s work encourages the viewer to have a greater spatial awareness when traversing through cities by the creation of artworks that highlight the margins of our built environment. He is interested in the social fabric of cities and how architecture attempts to bring order to these spaces. To capture this concept, Stephen produces photographic documentations of public transportation systems, which regularly feature stained mosaics, architectural peculiarities and sprayed construction markings found in stations. Within the studio, he then translates these documentations into a series of paintings and sculptures. The use of tiles and their grid structures within his work underscores the systems implemented through architecture and speaks of the materiality of the cityscape. These system are juxtaposed through mark-making and staining methodologies using pollutants, emulsion, adhesives, and spray paints, which accumulate on the surface of the works to obscure the grids and call attention to human intervention. Thereafter, the composition is stripped back using removal chemicals, an angle grinder and various other manipulations. The resulting back and forth relationship references the sociological tension between order and disorder, while simultaneously implying notions of degeneration. These ideologies are reflected in our cities and their constant state of both construction and deconstruction.

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.

Accessories Designer & Maker

Ali Lowndes

A Little Idea is created by Ali. A Designer & Maker based in Dublin . Ali creates laser cut acrylic jewellery, buttons, teacup jewellery, handmade greeting cards & retro headbands & hair accessories. Her designs are inspired by decades past, full of colour, lightweight and fun to wear.

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”.

Visual Artist

Rachel Clarke

Rachel is a contemporary Irish Artist specialising in painted works. Her work is largely concerned with the human condition, human experience and empathy. “I’m drawn to figurative and gestural forms that are subtly expressive. I’m interested in creating atmosphere and empathy, the amalgamation of person and space through my own visual language. Where language fails to construe emotion, brushwork and colour facilitate feeling.”

Visual Artist, Carpenter & Designer

Jason Kearney

Jason Kearney is a multidisciplinary artist based in Dublin. His current practice focuses on the therapeutic mechanisms at play in the process of art-making. Subsequent to completing an Art Therapy course in 2016, his aim shifted from a digital output towards a more tactile approach. Leaning towards expressionism, his paintings and drawings seek to speak when words fail. In constant dialogue with the medium, Kearney wrestles with the themes of vulnerability, loss and isolation; all under the auspice of seeking to re-frame psychological narratives at play.

In the past his practice dealt primarily with social and economic issues with the use of image and text through the medium of photography. From that he progressed to a body of work based on digital collage, one of which, an album cover for IMLE, got nominated for Best Album Art at the 2018 Gradaim Cheoil NÓS.

Jasons commercial output as a carpenter focuses on bespoke units, structural productions that fuse the skills of woodwork with visual art.

Visual Artist

Allan Kinsella

My work is concerned primarily with urban and suburban architecture and the liminal spaces between the developed environments and the natural landscape. My intention is to highlight particular icons of everyday life, with a focus on the architecture of urban transit against a backdrop of a subdued suburbia. Using the vocabulary of landscape painting, the works attempt to explore an urge we have to romanticize our surroundings, despite their apparent banality.

Visual Artist

Lana May Fleming

Lana May Fleming is a visual artist with a focus on installation, video, sculptural and performative practices. Lana is a recent graduate of Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology’s BA Art programme where she received a first class honours. In her work scenarios are created drawing a blurred line of familiarity in re-imaginations of the mundane and fantastical. To eat is to feel satisfied, to hunger is to seek satisfaction. This starving of desires often culminates in the personification of food. Her work animates symbolic chimearas of food products and productised women. Bodily forms transgress from clay to screen; as both the objects and the body are performed their separation becomes blurred, mirrored in food grooming and beauty grooming alike, we are grown to be appealing.

Currently Lana is a co-curator of cruxx.project a platform created by graduates of IADT which will host both physical and digital airings of work otherwise unseen due to Covid-19.

Visual Artist

Atmos

Atmos is a visual artist based in Dublin, focusing primarily on the abstract form developed upon by his practice in letter-based art pieces, both in the studio and exterior Murals.