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UNTIED – An Evening of Performance, Multi-media & Spoken Word

Date: Friday, November 30th
Time: 7 – 10pm
Venue: The Culture Box, Temple Bar

Temple Bar Cultural Trust’s youth group, SceneNotHerd, is holding an evening of multimedia, performance and spoken word.  The night is called “UNTIED” and will take place in the Culture Box, Temple Bar, Friday 30th November.

Submissions have been received from young people across the city, and 10 performers, are taking to the stage (and floorspace!) to do their thing!

A full list of performers taking part will be released next week and include solo artists, digital music, spoken word, projections, performance art and bands.

The night is free and is everyone is welcome! If you’re coming, let us know here: http://www.facebook.com/events/269781909791768/?fref=ts

Scene Not Herd invites you to come along to see and experience a unique mix of performance, multimedia and spoken word.

Email info@templebar.ie for more information.

 

Scene Not Herd’s Emma Carroll reviews Bon Iver’s gig at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

Next up from SceneNotHerd’s very own music blogger, Emma Carroll, a review of Bon Iver’s gig in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

This time last year, I was lucky enough to be sitting just a few rows from the Grand Canal Theatre stage, in total awe of my absolute favourite band.  I finished my review of that show with the lines: “I waited almost half a year for this concert and it was most definitely worth every second of the wait. Now I’m just waiting for them to come back again.”

Bon Iver have come a long way since their first gig here in Ireland – and even further from the sound of the For Emma album recorded by a lone Justin Vernon in an isolated cabin in the woods of Wisconsin. For Emma, Forever Ago captured the sound of a broken heart and failed attempt to ‘make it’ with former band, DeYarmond Edison, but also snared the hearts of many dedicated listeners, forming an almost cult-like following of devoted fans.

In 2009, Bon Iver played a sell out show in Tripod in Dublin as a three-piece semi-acoustic band. Before the show, the audience were asked to maintain silence, due to the delicate style of Vernon’s music.  This is a quite a contrast to the comments made before The Grand Canal Theatre show, when they joked that ‘anyone who came for a quiet gig tonight should leave.’  True to this statement , the night was anything but quiet. This time, the group of eight performers filled the stage; and from the initial haze and blur, introduced the show with with ‘Perth’. The sound they produce is a definite evolution from their first album; the multi-tracked reverberated vocals that made For Emma unique are now combined with layers of brass, strings and percussive instruments.

Last night, Bon Iver opened their show at the O2 with the same sound filling the whole theatre.  Moving through the night, there are contrasts between heavily instrumented tracks second album and stripped down versions of songs like ‘Beach Baby’ from the Blood Bank EP, accompanied by two violins.

Violinist Rob Moose (The National) is now touring with the group, along with original group members Mike Noyce, a former guitar student of Vernon’s, and Sean Carey, who returned to tour with Bon Iver after releasing a solo album.  The show also features three brass instrument players and another percussionist, Reggie Pace – my personal favourite! Not only did he beatbox during the cover of Björks’ Who is it?, and play the triangle (who doesn’t love the triangle player?!) and used some other unusual percussive techniques – the song Towers for example, held a steady rhythm, maintained by a constant click on muted trumpet keys, to create a train-track like effect.

It must be said though, that despite the crew of extraordinary musicians on tour with him, frontman Justin Vernon still captivated the audience and owned the stage. Moving effortlessly from his deep, gravelly voice to the eerie falsetto that he is so well known for. A definite highlight of the night was Re:Stacks, quiet and chillingly beautiful – alone on stage with support act The Staves, a trio of angelic voices that blended with perfectly Vernon’s, hitting notes that can only be described as spine tingling.

Far from predictable, Holocene, intricate and haunting, was followed by the loudest and most impressive song of the night – Blood Bank took the crowd by surprise as it emerged from a heavily textured intro that could have lead anywhere.  A true show stopper, Vernon ended the song on his knees, center stage – surrounded by heavy red lighting, intense percussion and distorted guitars.  From the moment Vernon picked up that guitar always used to play  Skinny Love, it was, of
course, was another favourite of the night; with heavy rhythm and the whole band singing harmonies over the lone guitar.

Unfortunately, the band have announced hiatus for the foreseeable future, which only made the evening more emotional.  With that in mind, the rendition of For Emma was the perfect end to show and to the tour, considering that For Emma, Forever Ago was where it all began.

All in all, the evening was breathtaking, to say the least. A perfect balance of old and new; soft acoustic songs and loud, intense performances. Bon Iver play music like it was meant to be – beautiful, experimental and passionate.

I thought I may have been over enthusiastic or just ridiculously biased in writing this review, because I do adore Bon Iver to the point that I teared up during Blood Bank last night, but to be honest, I don’t think I’m too far wrong in saying that this was an absolutely incredible show.  Upon arriving home, the entire Faceebook newsfeed was filled a consensus of exclamations and declarations of love for the band:

“Unreal! Best gig I’ve been to”
“Undying love for this band, what a night. Epic.”

scenenotherd@templebar.ie

Top 5 Things To Do In Temple Bar This Week | 12th – 18th November 2012

With over fifty cultural organisations, creative companies as well as unique shops and cafés, there is always for you something to do in Temple Bar. This week we dedicate our Top 5 Things To Do In Temple Bar to our fashionistas followers: find you perfect outfit in Temple Bar!

Designer Mart at Cow’s Lane
The Old City, Temple Bar
@TBCT

Designer Mart features 25 Irish and Irish-based designers of fashion, jewellery, furnishings, crafts and visual arts.  Since it’s rebranding from Temple Bar’s Fashion Market to Designer Mart in 2008, this outdoor market has become the ‘go-to’ source for those seeking a range of innovative and unique designs at affordable prices and some of Ireland’s most creative and exciting crafts people are part of this amazing outdoor market.

Shotsy
Unit 2, The Granary, Temple Lane South, Temple Bar
@shotsyvintage www.facebook.com/ShotsyVintage

Shotsy is a ladies and gents vintage clothes shop. Shotsy’s collection of  vintage clothing spans 5 decades, featuring beautiful pieces from the 40s to the 80s.  All of the pieces are hand selected to ensure that we offer top quality, beautiful vintage. In Shotsy they believe that “vintage is an ethical and fun alternative to mass-produced high street clothing.  The fashion industry has a far-reaching, negative impact on the environment and by choosing vintage you’re not only investing in a piece of history, you’re recycling.”

The Eager Beaver
17 Crown Alley, Temple Bar

Located just off Temple Bar Square, sell a wide variety of clothes for men and woman, including Parka jackets, 50′s/60′s style dresses, Levi jeans & levi cut off shorts, Leather jackets, Faux fur jackets. One of Dublin’s favourite eclectic clothes shop!

 


Lucy’s Lounge

11 Fownes Street, Temple Bar

Lucy’s Lounge has existed in one form or another for many years. It opened in its current location, the basement of 11 Fownes St in February 2009. A second hand and vintage clothes shop in the heart of Temple Bar. Once you see the bright pink and purple building on Fownes St, follow the stairs down to the basement where you’ll find a pic n mix of clothes, shoes, bric a brac and accessories!

 

Siopaella
@siopella / facebook.com/siopaella
9 Crow Street, Temple Bar

Siopaella, named after the Irish translation of “Ella’s Shop”,  is Ireland’s innovative new swap boutique and consignment store featuring brand new and gently used clothing and accessories. In Siopaella they consign, sell and swap both men’s and women’s fashion, and even source brand new one-off samples and collections from emerging Irish Designers.  The carefully curated inventory changes daily, so shopping with us is always a unique experience, with unexpected discoveries.

Fanci Schmancy Vintage
4 Upper Fownes St,Temple Bar

A great cry of “yes!” could be heard from fashionistas and vintage-lovers alike when FSV opened their doors in Temple Bar, Dublin. This little gem in the Emerald Isle packs everything from accessories like belts, bags and shoes to vintage dresses, blouses and knitwear. Most days you can go by and see”sale rail for €5″ and “buy 1, get 1 free”. So if it’s a fashionable party or a stroll through the streets then this shop can set you on your way to flawless vintage styling.

***If you’re looking for more info on what’s on in Temple Bar simply check out our events calendar at www.templebar.ie and follow us at @TBCT and on www.facebook.com/TempleBarCulturalTrust for the latest news from Temple Bar, Dublin’s Cultural Quarter.

Scene Not Herd’s Emma Carroll gives us another super music review. This time Ben Howard’s new Burgh Island EP.

Ben Howard’s new Burgh Island EP was written over the winter and spring earlier this year, in between touring and promotions.  This is his first release since the debut album, Every Kingdom. A limited edition, 1000 copies are being sold on vinyl – because Ben believes that vinyl feels more valuable and requires more care than CDs do these days.

I stayed up until midnight to download the songs, which were released on Hallowe’en.  There are only four tracks on this second offering, but any new Ben Howard is enough to brighten up the world for a little while.

When originally released, Every Kingdom only received a 4.0 rating in Q Magazine, and a 6 out of ten in The Observer.  A year later, after gathering a huge international following and some very due credit and recognition from the likes of BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge, the album is now in the running for the Mercury Prize album of the year award – and deservedly so.  His debut was quite a folky, but no doubt pop album; an addictive collection of songs with feel-good vibes.  Based around acoustic guitar, accompanied often just by drums and a cello, the songs are simply structured but with intricate instrumentation and the catchiest of melodies.

With a beachy feel that must come from Ben’s love of surfing and the sea, and lyrics like

Keep your head up;  Keep your heart strong”, the album played as the soundtrack to my entire summer.

With that in mind, it seems perfectly well calculated to have released these new tracks just in time for the colder months – because the Burgh Island EP sounds like winter.

Creating a heavier sound using layered bass and reverb – lots of reverb – the EP is quite experimental, but without losing touch with the sound and roots that were established in the first collection of songs.  With slightly darker vibes and lyrics, it is strangely refreshing to hear a different side to Howard, one that is not quite so filtered with sunshine and light hearted affections.

My favourite track would have to be the first, called Esmerelda. With a bass ostinato, a constant, punctuated drone and stripped back chorus.  With lines like “Black sea – the monster killed the melody you loved,”  there is a haunting feel to the song; different to most of anything you may have heard from Ben to date.  It builds in dynamic and aggression, to an echoing bridge before the close.  Completely diverse from the likes of Only Love on the last album, but equally enchanting in it’s own way.

Along with his incredible band, Ben will be playing in Dublin’s Olympia next month.  Having been blown away by the live show once already this year, it will be interesting to see if their tour has developed along with the new music.  I also wish them the very best of luck at the Mercury Prize Awards, which are taking place tonight, November 1st – it would be very much deserved and well-earned.  Up against the likes of Michael Kiwanuka and Lianne La Havas, it was said that Every Kingdom’s position on the shortlist was secured because of the fanbase that continues to grow after the album – a an album that seems to get people involved and wrapped up in it.  If you don’t know Ben Howard, you should; it seems he is only going from strength to strength, and this EP definitely lends hope for more in the future.

scenenotherd@templebar.ie

 

Scene Not Herd: Rebecca Young reviews Route 66 swing dance class

Where: The Turks Head, Parliament Street, Dublin.

Website: Route 66


Swing dancing has always fascinated me and I’ve always say, someday I’ll like to try it, then one day, I stumbled onto dublindy.com to find out there are walk-in classes for beginners, so of course I went to try it out!

To be honest, I was nervous going in as I watched the advanced dancers.  I can remember thinking of walking out actually, but I’m so glad I didn’t.

So the beginners class started, girls lined up on one side and boys on the other and we each queued up to get a partner.  Again my nerves started hitting in but there was no need, as soon as the music started playing and everyone started moving I forgot all about them.

There is a wonderful atmosphere at Route 66.  Everyone is a beginner so there is no one trying to impress anyone or judging – just lots of people having fun learning an amazing dance.

And this atmosphere was created by the fantastic dance instructors; Jamie Furler and Paola Bosello.  They’re both incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about dancing it rubs off on you!

One great thing about the class, is the fact that you can walk-in, so if you ever find yourself in temple bar with nothing to do I’d highly suggest dropping in for a lesson (only €8!)

I’d also highly suggest this class to anyone with an interest in swing, as I previously admitted I didn’t think I’d be good enough at all for this style of dancing, but the beginners class is at a much slower pace and with practice it gets easier and I can’t wait till next week!

Route 66 is on every Wednesday at the Turks head.  The style of swing is called “East Coast Swing”
There are also classes called the Hep Cat Club in the Twisted Pepper, also taught by Jamie Furler (€8) and this style of swing is called “lindyhop”.

scenenother@templebar.ie

 

Scene Not Herd: Emma Carroll is Mumford and Sons biggest fan! See what she thinks of the new album here.

So far, Mumford and Sons have been unable to do any wrong in my eyes.   I have listened to their first album, Sigh No More, a thousand times over, if not more.   I ranted about them for months after seeing them play in Galway last summer and am constantly singing along to them (badly) about the house and just about everywhere else; to the point that I am surprised my family and friends haven’t turned against banjos and casual three piece suits entirely.  I am fanatical to say the least and awaited the new album with eager anticipation – as did many other fans, with countdown timers and Mumford photos clogging up Tumblr dashboards and my Twitter feed for the past few weeks now.

People are always a little wary of new material from a favourite artist though – especially a band who have only released one great album.  This problem has actually got a name – Second Album Syndrome can be fatal to a band’s success, especially ones who explode from nothing to dizzying heights like Mumford and Sons did.  There is always that chance that they won’t be able to live up to that first high; that they will change direction or get a little over excited with experimentation and ruin the sound that won us over in the first place, worse still, maybe they’ll just run out of ideas – and who wants to hear a second album that has nothing new or exciting to set it apart from the debut?  The balance is weighted on a fine line and can result in a new climax or a crash-and-burn kind of situation. So once Babel was released, I held my breath and pressed play..

I was not disappointed.

The opening song has everything you would have hoped for in a new Mumford tune, with the same extreme dynamics, heavy beat, husky vocals, and breathtaking passion that set the band apart from an awful lot of the content in today’s pop charts.  The video for I Will Wait, Babel’s the debut single, is filmed at a live show in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, setting the scene for this record, which was recorded and produced by Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire), so as to echo the sound and feel of a heartfelt live performance.  The album as a whole has a much higher level of energy – it is probably louder and at times angrier than what we have heard before.  One of my favourite tracks, Broken Crown would be a prime example of this;  almost like an evolved version of Thistle and Weeds, perhaps with a touch more narcissism and spiteful edge.  That is not to say that there are not uplifting or enlightening moments to be found within this offering though, which is reassuring, as the life affirming lyrics heard in songs that came before, had so much to do with endearing the band to their wholeheartedly loyal fanbase over the past three years.  The same harmonies and layered instrumentation Mumford are famous for can be heard throughout the album, and the lyrics have same depth and poetic aesthetics that Sigh No More showcased – just as there were often Biblical references on the first album, even the name Babel was an indicator that the same morals and  questions of faith would be raised in the sequel.

Though similar to Sigh No More,this album is anything but monotonous; with tracks ranging from the celebratory, high tempo numbers that I am sure will create incredible scenes of roaring crowds and wild dancing at future gigs, to slow and gentle tracks like Ghosts That We Knew with profound lyrics and drop into an almost a capella ending that is sure to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.  It could be argued that the band have played it safe and simply produced more of the same again, without taking any drastic turns or risks.  Broken Crown features a blend of electric guitar and drums along with the usual folk instrumentation they are recognised for, so there are glimpses of change and development within the old and familiar sound.  Aside from a few small features like that, even hearing the intro to any one of these tracks, they are instantly recognisable as having that signature Mumford vibe about them.

But hey, if it ain’t broke, why fix it?  With 600,000 albums sold within the first week of release, they are obviously doing something right.  There is a certain universality about Mumford and Sons that means they appeal to everyone from the “hipster”-type teens on Tumblr, to pop fanatics to my own mother, who actually purchased the CD, so I didn’t have to (Thank you Mammy:D).  There is a stir in the music industry and pop culture at the moment though, amidst all the Nicki Minaj and Nicky Romero types, who I have a little less than good faith in.  Mumford and Sons are certainly leading way now that they have found their niche, and many upcoming bands are following in their footsteps, bringing back good old fashioned folk music and all the values and fashion statements that go with it.  Woodland scenes, folklore traditions and banjo solos are cool now.  Think “Brave”, the Disney movie that actually features Babels’ closing track, Not With Haste, on its soundtrack; think of bands like Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men that are taking over radio airtime these days; think worn out leather boots, pocket-watch necklaces being sold in every Topshop and New Look store across the country and the fact that the term “nu-folk” is in existence now.

This album is a success.  It may not be a million miles from Sigh No More in terms of style or content, but it does have a sense of development to it – as if the music has “grown up” a little bit.  It holds true to all the things that made the world stop and listen to Mumford and Sons in the first place, and will undoubtedly make for some incredible tour dates.  I am currently the ecstatic owner of a pair of tickets to the December show in the O2, which I would definitely recommend, along with Babel, to anyone and everyone who appreciates a good banjo solo, and even to those of you who are not yet convinced.  Fans will not be let down and haters will just have to sit and wait for the hype to die down a little again, because it doesn’t look like the band are going to disappear anytime soon – and I for one, am very glad of that fact.

scenenotherd@templebar.ie

“UNTIED – An Evening of Performance, Multi-media & Spoken Word”

Date: Friday, November 30th

Time: 7 – 10pm

Venue: The Culture Box, Temple Bar

Scene Not Herd are holding an evening of multimedia, performance and spoken word in the Culture Box on Friday 30th November.  They are calling out to 15- 25 year olds to be a part of “UNTIED” and perform on the night. If you are a performer, musician, speak poetry, sing or would like to see your visual art or photography projected, download the submission form here and be part of UNTIED.

Our Scene Not Herders will decide who to meet from the submission forms received and whittle it down to 10 acts to perform on 30th November.

Deadline date for all submissions is Friday 9th November.

For more information, contact us in Temple Bar Cultural Trust at info@templebar.ie

Top 5 Things To Do In Temple Bar This Week | 22nd – 28th October 2012

With over fifty cultural organisations, creative companies and unique shops and cafés, there is always something to do in Temple Bar!

This week our Top 5 is dedicated to the visual art and photography lovers: check out the great exhibition in Gallery of Photography, National Photographic Archive,  Monster Truck Gallery, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and Graphic Studio Gallery.

Gallery of Photography
www.galleryofphotography.ie
“Still” by Patrick Hogan

Gallery of Photography is delighted to premiere ‘Still’ by Patrick Hogan – winner of the Gallery of Photography’s Artist’s Award for 2012, Ireland’s leading award for contemporary photography.Patrick Hogan’s partly autobiographical photographs present an intimate view of his everyday encounters and surroundings in a remote area of County Tipperary where he has lived for the past two years. His compelling portraits, dense still lives, brooding interiors and pensive landscapes convey a sense of uncertain anticipation and quiet foreboding. Though modest and focused in geographical scope, Hogan’s powerful images explore expansive existential themes of love, fragility, decay and loss.

National Photographic Archive
www.nli.ie / @NLIreland
“Taking Stock: the National Photographic Archive from 1998″

Taking Stock opens at the National Photographic Archive (NPA) in Temple Bar, Dublin on 5 October 2012. This exhibition is the NPA’s first retrospective and is all about what and how the NPA has exhibited since we opened in 1998. In those 14 years, NAPA has displayed some 3,000 prints, using a variety of presentations. Taking Stock re-presents just 68 of these original copy prints, as hung in their original frames. This exhibition reflects the amazing richness of the National Photographic Archive’s collections, which range in date from the beginnings of photography in 1839, to the present. The photos capture almost every imaginable topic. As well as viewing photographs from the National  Library of Ireland’s photographic collections, visitors can also see examples of NPA curatorial and preservation activities and plans for future projects.

Monster Truck Gallery
www.monstertruck.ie / @MonstertruckGS
“The Line Between” , group exhibition by Antony Clarkson, Sabina Mac Mahon , Shiro Masuyama , and Hilary Wilder.

Monster Truck Gallery, in partnership with The Wexford Arts Center and Cow House Studios will host The Line Between, a group exhibition by artists Antony Clarkson (UK), Sabina Mac Mahon (Ireland), Shiro Masuyama (Japan), and Hilary Wilder (USA).  From September to November 2011, the artists participated in the Cow House Studios Artist in Residence Programme.  During their ten week stay, they worked together in an environment which facilitated both individual research and interdisciplinary interaction. Immersed in the rural farming landscape, they shared the large, adaptable studio allowing them to become acquainted with and challenged by one another’s practices.Although the artists explore very different subject matter, a thread linking their practices is the reference to the overlaps or slippages that can occur between various subjects and art forms. These slippages and overlaps are exemplified through the mediums and materials employed by the artists as often the work is not what appears to be on first viewing it.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
www.templebargallery.com / @TBGandS
“Root” by Bea MacMahon

The centrepiece of this exhibition is a moving imagework, shot at Het Twiske, an untouched Dutch polder landscape near Amsterdam. McMahon’s use of this landscape, with its lack of clear boundaries between water and land, is a reflection of her curiosity about the surface of things.McMahon’s interest in mathematics, Pythagorean theory, Greek myth, and boundaries such as skin and water are also manifested in the work. Ideas about transfer across boundaries in turn evoke the concept of the metaphor; the word metaphor coming from the greek meta-”over, across” + pherein “to carry, bear”. McMahon has described the work as ‘an examination of the light interchange at the surface of things – I like to think of the site of the boundary of a body as a soft crossing or thoughtful crossing.’

Graphic Studio Gallery
www.graphicstudiodublin.com
“New Works by Visiting Artists”

This years visiting artists exhibition welcomes back Irish artists Gwen O’Dowd and Donald Teskey and Scottish artist Barbara Rae, who will showcase new prints alongside Limerick born painter Michael Canning and American artist Ethan Murrow. Our highly skilled printmakers, Robert Russell, Sharon Lee, Kath Van Uytrecht and Niamh Flanagan all worked with the above artists to create beautiful editions of lithographs, carborundum prints, etchings and monoprints. It proves to be a really different and interesting exhibition, showcasing Ethan Murrow’s photo-realist black and white lithographs, Barbara Rae’s highly colourful abstract landscapes, Gwen O’Dowd’s wonderful monoprints of birds, Michael Canning’s delicate floral etchings and Donald Teskey’s monoprints of bustling Pariasian scenes.

***If you want more information on the events that are taking place in Temple Bar visit www.templebar.ie and follow us online:
@TBCT
www.facebook.com/TempleBarCulturalTrust

Irish Sign language Celebrities Photography Exhibition at No Grants Gallery.

“Signs of life” Exhibition features 26 Irish celebrities having a go at Ireland’s third language.

After a whirlwind tour of Ireland that began in Dublin a year ago and which has already taken in counties Monaghan, Mayo, Kildare and Limerick, a star-studded photography exhibition based on Irish Sign Language (ISL) has made a welcome return to Dublin’s Temple Bar.

“Signs of life” is organised by the Irish Deaf society and features photos of 26 Irish celebrities, including footballer Robbie Keane, novelist Roddy Doyle, cook Rachel Allen, TV presenter Eamonn Holmes, musician Andrea Corr and Limerick celebrity Emma O Driscoll. These photos, snapped by Deaf photographer Johnny Corcoran, provide a glimpse of the beauty of ISL through the eyes of the celebrities, who each sign a letter of the ISL alphabet. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage public awareness and appreciation of one of only two unique lrish languages. ISL is the native language of the Irish Deaf Community and is used everyday by more than 40,000 people. The show has also made a huge impact on the IDS’s ongoing campaign to have ISL officially recognised as a language in Ireland.

Commenting on the exhibition, Kevin Mulqueen, Chairperson of the Irish Deaf Society said: “This exhibition has been a huge success since it was first shown in Temple Bar this time last year, so it gives me great pleasure to see it return to Dublin by popular demand.

“We want to raise awareness about ISL, which many people are amazed to find has its own linguistic structure — just the same as any other language.  Despite its status as one of the most widely-used languages in this country, ISL is not officially recognised by the government, meaning that Deaf people struggle to access basic services in what might be their first language.

To coincide with ‘Sencity Dublin – Sense Away’, taking place in the Wood Quay venue, Friday 19th October, Signs of Life exhibition will stay open until 8pm tomorrow.  ‘Sencity Dublin’ is a live music event, created and celebrated by people with and without hearing abilities and is a part of Innovation Dublin this year.  For more information on Sencity visit www.innovationdublin.ie

Signs of Life Exhibition continues in Temple Bar Cultural Trust’s NGG (The Culture Box) until  24 October.

 

Top 5 Things To Do In Temple Bar This Week | 15th – 21st October 2012

We are back with our weekly Top 5 and today we recommend the best of the West End of Temple Bar!

The Old City is located between Parliament Street and Fishamble Street. This pedestrianised area of the cultural quarter has plenty to offer. You can find great places to eat, shop and relax, and some of the finest galleries and cultural organisations in Dublin are based in the area. Make sure to come down for visit, and don’t forget the Designer Mart at Cow’s Lane is on every Saturday from 10am to 5pm!

Olivier Cornet Gallery
Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar
@OC_Gallery

Olivier Cornet Gallery opened in the Wooden Building in 2012. It is open every day (except Mondays) for you to enjoy some of the finest art in the very heart of Temple Bar. The current exhibition features a group show called “4X4″ featuring artists David Begley, Mark Doherty, Yanny Petters and Martha Quinn. This exhibition allows the viewer to dig deeper into the worlds of these artists and their creative lifeforce, their statements and what lies beneath.

Exchange Dublin
Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar
@exchangedublin

Exchange Dublin is a collective arts centre in Temple Bar, run entirely by young people and holding discussions, gigs, visual arts and performance. Most projects originate from the autonomous “Exchange Groups” that use the space as a hub for their activity. Representatives from these groups form the general Exchange Dublin Collective that programmes and coordinates events in the space. All work is voluntary and no one is paid!

Cow’s Lane Designer Studio
West Essex Street, Temple Bar
@THECLDS

Cow’s Lane Studio is a collaboration between several Dublin based designers and artists who met through Designer Mart at Cow’s Lane. Everything is handmade and the shop is run by the artists who make the work which means every day you can speak and deal directly with the person who made the piece you like! The Designer Studio features handmade hats, jewellery, accessories, sculpture, women’s and children’s clothing, visual imagery and men’s t-shirts.

The Gutter Bookshop
Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar
@gutterbookshop

The Gutter Bookshop is an independent bookshop that sells all kinds of books, including some great children’s books, as well as gifts and stationery. They aim to provide you with something just a little bit different than you’ll find in the big chain bookshops. The Gutter Bookshop also offer a monthly programme of literary events – visit www.gutterbookshop.com to find out more.

Designer Mart @ Cow’s Lane
West Essex Street + Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar
@TBCT

Designer Mart takes place every Saturday from 10am – 5pm on Cow’s Lane, the heart of the Old City of Temple Bar. This outdoor market showcases the very best of handmade craft & design produced by Irish and Ireland-based artists. Please visit http://www.templebar.ie/Market/Designer_Mart for the full list of traders!