The MART Team
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.
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.
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.
MART Advisory Board
Declan brings expertise in policy analysis, waste management and policy implementation. He has worked on research projects with various stakeholders across industry, government and education in the area of climate change. In this role, Declan has responsibility for promoting and coordinating prevention activities nationally and throughout the Eastern Midlands Region. Through participation in a range of projects and initiatives he helps to realise the objectives and targets of the Waste Management Plan for a Circular Economy.
Jenny Minniti- Shippey
Jennifer Minniti- Shippey is the Director of Development for CIACLA, Editor at Calypso Editions, and Director of the Coyote Creek Writer’s Residency. She served as the Managing Editor of Poetry International literary journal and the Director of Poetic Youth programs in San Diego from 2009-2019. She is the author of 2018 San Diego Book Award finalist, After the Tour, from Calypso Editions; Done Dating DJs, winner of the 2009 Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition, presented by the Munster Literature Centre; and Earth’s Horses & Boys, from Finishing Line Press. Her writing has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Salamander, Spillway, Cider Press Review, Tar River Poetry, and others.
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)
Lorcan has extensive experience in the Property and Finance industry.