The eight studios in MART’s Fire Station Gallery & Studios are bespoke visual art Studios based in the landmark Old Fire Station on the Rathmines Road. With large bright windows, high ceilings, exposed brickwork and creative patchwork from years of renovations it really is an inspiring place to work.
From the exterior, the large red doors are an eye-catching reminder of the history of the building and open to reveal the MART’s main gallery. Above this, located in the former Georgian home, are the MART’s very first studios. Featuring exposed brickwork, wooden floors, and the cosy, lived-in feel of a building with a long history, these studios are home to a range of visual artists, designers and photographers.
Located close to a range of cafes (Farmer Brown’s, 250 Square, Grove Road Cafe, Pot Bellied Pig, Starbucks), bars (Blackbird, The Bowery, Slattery’s, Mother Reilly’s), restaurants (Manifesto, Hey Donna, Umi), banks (Bank of Ireland, Permanent TSB, AIB), shops (Artmines art supplies, Fallon & Byrne) and amenities (library, gym, swimming pool). A few minutes walk from the Grand Canal & Portobello Harbour, a beautifully scenic stretch of the city that becomes a buzzing social hub in summer months.
The Fire Station is situated on Rathmines Main Street with bus routes 14, 15, 65, 83, 140, 142. Five minutes from Charlemont Luas stop. Twenty minutes walk from Dublin City Centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.