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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

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

Performance Artist

Angelica Santander

Creative Group

Sing Along Social

Visual Artist

Sorcha O’Higgins

Visual Artist

Andrej Getman

Visual Artist

Irene Uhlemann

Visual Artist

The Ljilja

Visual Artist, Carpenter & Designer

Jason Kearney

Visual Artist

Allan Kinsella

Visual Artist

Atmos

Designer

Capulet & Montague

Visual Artist

Scott O’Sullivan

Visual Artist

Oleg Brazhnyk

Visual Artist

B Lucey

Visual Artist

Gareth Merrin

Visual Artist

Lily Walkington

Visual Artist

Tuqa Al-Sarraj

Performance Artist

Ciarán O’Keeffe

Editor, journalist & author

Aoife Carrigy

Visual Artist

Maria Atanackovic

Visual Artist

Claire Prouvost

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.

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.

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

My name is Andrej Getman, I am a visual artist/expressionist painter, originally born in Klaipeda, Lithuania. In 2005 I moved to Ireland, and I’m currently living and working in Dublin. In 2014 Ireland became my forever home when I was made an official Irish citizen. Since June 2020, I have studio in Mart Gallery & Studios in Harold’s Cross. 
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Fine Art – Painting, from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. I explore the themes of urbanisation, socio-political injustice & modern culture. 
My current research is based on targeted discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community in Ireland and across the world. Drawing on my own personal experience of homophobia and the international news of aggression and murders of LGBTQ+ people worldwide, I am collecting stories and visual resources which I translate into portraits of the victims and survivors within the LGBTQ+ communities.

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.

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, 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

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.

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.

Visual Artist

Scott O’Sullivan

Scott O’Sullivan is a Dublin-based visual artist. He works primarily with oil and encaustic wax and is usually found making paintings.

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

B Lucey

Sacred and spiritual beliefs influenced early abstraction; I have concerned myself with secular geometry – a set of views on what shapes the person. The theories that underpin my work are those of psychology: systemics, relational transaction and emotional transformation. Shame, disconnection, sadness and fear are masked by secondary emotional processes such as anxiety, which obstructs creativity. They can be transformed with acceptance and connection through the vulnerability of making, showing and consuming art when supported by the systems that make it possible to do so.
Picking through layers of darkness and levity, painted marks and basic shapes serve as relics and testimonies to emotional processes. I deliberate on what is opaque or translucent, solid or ephemeral, obscure or obscured, to create tokens of the emotional and systemic elements which drive and inhibit us.

Visual Artist

Gareth Merrin

Gary Merrin’s work explores Culture, Publishing and the Printed Image.
His output includes print, painting, animation and murals.
Recently, he has started an editions service (Transient Editions) to distribute artist’s work using a refurbished Risograph printer.

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

Tuqa Al-Sarraj

Tuqa Al Sarraj is a Dublin based multidisciplinary artist. In 2021 she received her BA in Fine Art media from the National College of Art and Design. Al Sarraj has also previously studied contemporary art at the International Academy of Art Palestine (IAAP), Ramallah. and was awarded We Only Want the Earth at A4 Sounds (2021) and the Fingal Residency award at Mart (2021).
Her practice combines mixed-media, found objects, collage, photography, video, performance and installation. More recently, she has been navigating themes of memory, loss, and exile through social dialogues and personal conversations.
Tuqa has exhibited as part of group exhibitions in Oslo, London, Ramallah, Creil, Dublin and Limerick.

Performance Artist

Ciarán O’Keeffe

Using physical presence and spoken word, my work explores questions of the self, hopefully in ways that surprise me. I’m particularly interested in that fine line between heavy and light. Though, ultimately, I think it all boils down to my inability to dance.

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.

Visual Artist

Maria Atanackovic

Maria Atanackovic is a visual artist, printmaker and surface designer working under the name Maluda. In her work, she plays with colour and reimagines form, exploring ideas relating to interdependence and belonging.

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.