The independent Dublin art scene is buzzing at the moment. Taking advantage of these recessionary times, artists are exploiting a surplus of empty buildings and transforming them into creative spaces for gallery exhibitions, live performances and gigs.
Next to the well known venue of Vicar Street and within staggering distance of the Guinness Brewery this temporary space has popped up in a huge vacant warehouse. It is a collective from the nearby National College of Art and Design (NCAD), which combines a studio and an exhibition space.
LA CATEDRAL STUDIOS
Named after a venue in Buenos Aires, la Catedral Studios is located a few minutes away from Basic Space and NCAD, adding to the creative vibes in the area. It comprises studios and The Back Loft, a bright multidisciplinary space, billed as an“unconventional artists playground”. The space is used for art exhibitions, live art events, theatre plays, rehearsals, gigs and various other functions.
THE BERNARD SHAW
This is a pub that is committed to supporting art in Dublin. It has a small space for hosting various rotating art exhibitions, is famous for its outdoor wall murals, hoardings and even the smoking area is used by well known street artists to display their work.
THE WORKMANS CLUB
This new venue has been recently renovated and welcomes all types of weird and wonderful creative expression and performance. There is everything from contemporary electronic art to photography exhibitions on offer.
Located above a Chinese supermarket in Smithfield Square, the name is a nod to the rapid development of apartment blocks that appeared during Dublin’s boomtime (not so very long ago!). There are 17 resident artists who curate and take part in an ever changing list of exhibitions.
Exchange Dublin is a new collective arts centre in Temple Bar run entirely by young volunteers; it hosts discussions, gigs, visual arts and performances. Most projects originate from the autonomous “Exchange Groups” that use the space as a hub for their activity. These groups form the Exchange Dublin Collective who programme and coordinate events in the centre. All work is on an unpaid voluntary basis.
Image courtesy of La Catedral Studios