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No Grants Gallery hosts ‘Middleground’ exhibition by recent DIT graduates

No Grants Gallery, here in Temple Bar,  is set to host ‘Middleground’ a group show by recent graduates of DIT this December.

‘Middleground, presents a vista, firstly, in the traditions of art history.
It is also, defined as that place, where compromise has been made, where outcome has been neither reached nor denied.

One might say, it is the acceptance or recognition of limbo.  Means of this ambiguity, trust that, as Borges said: ‘We do not destroy by
human reasoning the faith that art requires of us.’

In doing so, we recognize each artist, as following their own agenda.

The exhibition runs December 1st – 22nd and is also part of First Thursdays Dublin. For more info visit middlegroundngg.blogspot.com

No Grants Gallery
12 East Essex Street,
Temple Bar,
Dublin 2

First Thursdays Dublin – taking place at a gallery near you this September!

Temple Bar Cultural Trust are delighted to bring you First Thursdays Dublin. 

On the First Thursday of every month a selection of galleries and creative spaces open their doors after hours offering you an extra chance to see art, culture and events between 6pm and 8pm.  This Thursday September 1st, we are thrilled to have the National Gallery of Ireland join us for First Thursdays Dublin with displays from the Yeats archive and Irish study collections.


Centre for Creative Practices
15 Pembroke Street, Lower Dublin 2
‘For The Birds’ – An Exhibition of painting and sculpture by Mairead Dunne.Mairead Dunne’s work captures a childlike dream world paralleled with an adult’s fairy tale. She uses haunting imagery in an attempt to connect with childhood nostalgia and escapism where dark forests, uncanny landscapes, strange birds andfigures all inspire the work. www.cfcp.ie

Cow’s Lane Designer Studio
West Essex Street, Old City, Temple Bar,Dublin 2.
Cow’s Lane Designer Studio is a treasure trove of handmade Irish art and design.This creative space is run by a group of independent artists who make by  hand much of what there is to offer. www.cowslanedesignerstudio.ie

Debbie Paul Studio and Gallery
1 Cows Lane, Old City, Dublin 8
Debbie Paul invites you to her combined gallery and studio space. Here you can gain insight into Paul’s work, her aesthetic, and her making process, furthering your understanding of Irish Contemporary Jewellery. www.debbiepaul.com

68  South Great Georges Street, Dublin2, Ireland
designist is a city centre design store, specialising in affordable Irish and international design. Stock is unique and varies from home-ware to furniture design, lighting and unique gift items. www.designist.ie

Fish-Bowl Gallery / Exchange Dublin
Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar,D.2
{In} Definateley by Majella Dowdican focuses on the notion of potentiality.Potentiality both in terms of the materials used, and also, in the sense of the anticipation that the artist creates using such materials. The work is simple yetabsurd. www.exchangedublin.ie

Gallery of Photography
Meeting House SquareTemple Bar, D.2
Noel Bowler | Making Space. Making Space is a timely exploration of the expansion and development of Islam in contemporary Ireland. Taken over  the course of three years, the exhibition records the adaptive reuse of spaces for thepurpose of prayer by diverse Muslim communities across Ireland.www.galleryofphotography.ie

Gallery Zozimus
56 Francis Street, Dublin 8
Gallery Zozimus presents a summer group show including new works and prints byMark O’Neill. www.galleryzozimus.ie

Graphic Studio Gallery
Through the Arch.Off Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Opening of Retrospective and New Works by artist Pamela Leonard. A renowned printmaker and watercolours, Pamela Leonard showcases a selection of her works spanning 20 years to date. Leonard is especially renowned for her exceptionallandscapes. Her works explore light and dark and focuses on capturing these elements in forests and glades. www.graphicstudiodublin.com

Jam Art Factory
64/65 Patrick Street, Dublin 8
Jam Art Factory, gallery and design shop on Patrick Street has a new range of work from Sarah Cunnigham, Karolina Grudniewska(karoArt ceramics), Rachel Platt, Antonia O’Mahony, Anna Doran, Laura Butler and work from Gerard Hegarty, Rob Crane, Mark Haybyrne & Paddy Duffy. www.jamartfactory.com

Monster Truck Gallery & Studios
4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
So Long Roger Fenton…Negotiation and commitment in contemporary art1 September – 8th October 2011. Curated by Claire Feeley. Featuring:Roger Fenton | Bruno Serralongue | Chris Evans | Johannes Maier | David Lamelas | George Levantis | James Merrigan. www.monstertruck.ie

National Gallery of Ireland
Clare Street Entrance, Dublin 2
Experience Masterpieces from the Collection, a special presentation of some of the finest works in the Gallery’s European and Irish collections. For September as part of Archives Awareness month displays from the Yeats Archive and Irish study collections will also be on view. www.nationalgallery.ie

NGG – No Grants Gallery
The Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street Temple Bar, Dublin 2
BOXiD, Round III – A fundraising exhibition organised by Black Church Print Studio featuring anonymous, CD-sized works by more than 150 well-known and emerging Irish and International artists including James English, Brian Lalor, Pauline Bewick, Yoko Akino, Liam Belton, Abigail O’ Brien, Donald Teskey, Richard Gorman, Mark Garry, Comhghall Casey and more. www.print.ie / www.templebar.ie

Project Arts Centre
Gallery39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Notes on a Missing Oh – New work by Adrià Julià. Please join us for the opening of this exhibition, a new work which revisits the sites, areas and characters from a 20 year old screenplay known to be one of the biggest financial and cultural flops in the history of cinema. www.projectartscentre.ie / www.facebook.com/PACVisualArts

Science Gallery
Trinity College Dublin, Pearse Street, The Naughton Institute
15:07:11-23:09:11 - ‘ELEMENTS: THE BEAUTY OF CHEMISTRY’ Science Gallery’s summer exhibition explores the beauty of the elements, the design icon that is the periodic table and stirs up some reactions in the atomic kitchen.www.sciencegallery.com

The Doorway Gallery
24 South Frederick St, Dublin 2.
The Doorway Gallery presents a group show of all the gallery artists including Michael Flaherty, Graham Knuttel, Francis Boag, Christy Keeney, Jock Nichol, Geraldine O’Reilly, Joan Coen, Hugh Frazer, John Brennan and many more. www.thedoorwaygallery.com

The Icon Factory
Aston Place, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Icon Factory is an artist co-operative offering original artwork by Irish Artists. Outdoors, visit the Icon Walk gallery which presents information panels and original artwork journeying through Ireland’s history, culture, writers, musicians and playwrights. www.facebook.com/TheIcon-Factory

The Green Gallery
Top Floor, St Stephen’s Green Centre,Dublin 2
The Green Gallery makes available a broad range of contemporary art from both Irish and International artists. www.thegreengallery.ie

Foley Street, Dublin 1
On 1st September, the LAB hosts a special reception to mark the opening of two solo exhibitions of new work by Dublin based artists Ruth E. Lyons and Mark Garry. For more information visit www.thelab.ie

The Market Studios
Corner Halston Street & Mary’s Lane, Dublin 7
Studio Artists have curated a season of arts related films. The programme will be drawn from studio artists own work and other arts related productions. “The Market Screens” takes place each Thursday at 7pm and is a free event open to the public. Check www.themarketstudios.ie for more details

For more information on First Thursdays Dublin log on to templebar.ie/Event/First_Thursdays_Dublin
Watch out for another late night of culture on Friday Sept 23rd when Culture Night 2011 takes place. Log on to www.culturenight.ie for more info.


SNH: Lesley Goulding visted Solus Street Art Show and First Thursdays Dublin

SceneNotHerder Lesley Goulding came to the open night of the Solus Street Art show that had a hugely successful three week run in NGG / No Grants Gallery – one of the gallery spaces taking part in First Thursdays Dublin.




You’ll find on our SceneNotHerd homepage a heading saying Encounter Culture. So the first Thursday of this month, that’s exactly what I did by attending Solus’ first Solo Exhibition; Mis-Spent YouthAt NGG / The Culture Box in Temple Bar.

In retrospect I live a fair bit of a journey from town, being from Skerries, and so I do find it hard to enjoy all that is on offer with the First Thursdays Dublin taking place largely in the city centre. But I must say, with all that is on offer you do feel drawn to spend the whole night in town.  With nothing to do, and no one to accompany me I decided to attend the exhibition by my lonesome. But not to fear, when I arrived on East Essex Street I felt far from alone since the place was buzzing with music and chatter of Dubliners and tourists alike.

With tourists in mind, as I waited soaking up some late afternoon rays for the exhibition doors to open, I watched as a group of tourists, American no doubt, gasped and whispered as they stared wide eyed at the front of the Culture Box. The CSI tape seemed to do its job of getting attention.

Solus, for those of you who may not have heard of him, is an Irish street artist. You may have seen his work around Dublin for instance in Hanover Quay, if not, I hope you got yourself to the Culture Box in Temple Bar and, if not, check out his facebook page.

As you can tell, Solus’ work is bright fun and extremely witty.  The majority of his work is done with stencils, although there was  some of the installation pieces inside and outside of the exhibition like the CSI tape.  There was more inside draped geniusly around the room.   Once or twice throughout the night I did actually step on one of these by accident – I feel so bad for not even noticing it till then, but then it was on the floor. Solus work seemed to hold a strong pop culture influence to it, I felt like I was brought back in time to the colourful 70’s.

The little time I did spend at the exhibition due to train times, was brilliant without a doubt. I loved the childish atmosphere that enveloped the exhibition between the memorable lines in his work to the classic mix of sweets and beer around the room.  Also, kudos to the ‘in house DJ’ I loved the set he played throughout the night.  By the time I had to leave the NGG, I no longer felt as if I’d attended alone but with the other countless walk-ins and people that kept the room at a healthy level of feeling packed.


Although I’m still not quite sure what It all means and, the time I spent at it was memorable. During the night I got to exchange emails with the man behind it all. I asked him several questions, hoping to learn more about him and how he started and what he thought of the changes in the world of Street Art.

1. So Solus when did you start doing street art?

Hey, I started about 4 years ago – it immediately became more than a hobby! When I wasn’t making stencils and painting i was thinking about ideas or looking through pics.

2. What are your influences?

There are too many influences to mention each one, but I am strongly influenced by vintage art, pop art, old traditional tattoo designs as well as fellow Irish and international street artists.

3. Do you have any future plans?

I plan to keep painting as much as i can – whatever else happens is a bonus.

4. You took part in Kings of Concrete in Dublin recently, how did you find the whole experience?

I loved it – I was delighted to be asked to paint there. I was real busy getting ready for the Mis-Spent Youth show. So I couldn’t give too much time to preparing for Kings of Concrete. But it worked out ok and I enjoyed the whole experience. It’s a great event and is really well organized.

5. Street Art is being featured in galleries and even getting their own exhibitions like yours! Is this changing the game with street art?

No not at all. Street art is just as important as any other art in my opinion and it belongs in galleries. It also gets a whole new audience interested in art. It’s not changing the game. I can’t wait to go painting again, that’s the most important part for me.

Solus Street Art show is now finished at No Grants Gallery. In the meantime, you can follow Solus on twitter @solusstreetart

The next First Thursdays Dublin will take place on Thursday September 1st in galleries and cultural spaces across Dublin city. For more info on First Thursdays Dublin, click here>



First Thursdays Dublin – Thursday July 7th

Inspired by First Thursdays carried out in London, First Thursdays Dublin is the name given to cultural spaces opening their doors after hours and offering an extra chance to see art, culture and events in a number of venues between 6 – 8pm on the first Thursday of every month across Dublin City. Join us on Thursday July 7th across Dublin as we explore another evening of late night culture!

The following 17 cultural organisations are participating in the next First Thursdays Dublin on Thursday July 7th. Log on to Google Maps to view the venues here>

BLOCK T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square, Dublin 1
PhotoIreland Festival @Block T
Gallery One: ‘Anger’ by Niall O’Brien
Gallery Two: ‘Take Another Left’ by Diamait Grogan and Shane Connaughton
Gallery Three: ‘Liquidity’ by Mella Travers

Clyne Gallery, The Wooden Building, Exchange street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
In support of The Year of Craft, the Clyne Gallery has invited several makers to showcase their work in the gallery and a rich collection of ceramics, glass and wood are on show with some exciting new paintings and drawings to create an interesting group show of creative talent from all over Ireland.

Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2
PhotoIreland Festival 2011 events in CFCP – 7th July
The Arc of Realism – Zofia Rydet. Curated by Andrzej Rozycki and Karol Jozwiak.
To celebrate the centenary of Zofia Rydet, re-knowned Polish photographer and artist, the exhibition attempts to interpret her enormous creative output by building on the tension linking the two most important stages of her artistic work, two great realisms – the surrealism of photomontages and pure realism of the ‘Sociological Record’.

Debbie Paul Studio and Gallery, Contemporary Jewellery sculpture, 1 Cows Lane, Old City, Dublin 8
Forget Me Knot is a ring exhibition in which Debbie Paul explores subtle details from the natural world in relation to affection, memory and love.

Draíocht Arts Centre, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
Past and Present – Work by Desmond Kenny
New work and retrospective, tracing the artist’s development from figurative to abstract painting. (Ground & First Floor Galleries)

Dublin Civic Trust, 4 Castle Street, Dublin 2.
The Irish House – an elaborately decorated Victorian public house salvaged from Wood Quay in 1968 will be open with someone on hand to answer your questions as to its historical significance as a former iconic building in the city.

Fish-Bowl Gallery / Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The We Are Focus exhibition is an invitation and a glimpse into the ongoing projects by members of the Exchange Focus Photography collective. We extend a unique and warm welcome towards all interested to view and discuss our emerging art.

Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Long View, Work by David Farrell, Anthony Haughey, Richard Mosse, Jackie Nickerson, Paul Seawright and Donovan Wylie.  The first group showing of work by selected Irish photographers whose practice is characterised by a sustained, long-term engagement with social and artistic questions.

Gallery Zozimus, 56 Francis Street, Dublin 8
Opening of group show by 3rd Year Ceramic students from NCAD.  Artists include Fearghal Mac Pháidin, Colin O Riordáin, Anna Wu, Bríain O Lionnáin, Helen O’Malley & Louise Lee.

Graphic Studio Gallery, Through the Arch. Off Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
An engaging and interesting combination of prints feature in this Summer exhibition, which include our studio members and gallery artists.

Mad Art Gallery & Studio, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1
‘Underneath the Sky Again’ by Mark Haybyrne.  This is a collection of large scale works focusing on the theme of homelessness in Ireland.

Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Temple Bar Revisited (in association with Temple Bar Cultural Trust) – Work by Colm Mac Athlaoich.  As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of Temple Bar, artist Colm Mac Athlaoich will turn the gallery into a working studio.  Over five days (4th-8th July) he will interpret the history of Temple Bar, working on a canvas per day.  On the 7th July 6pm-8pm there will be an open studio event in the gallery to see the work in progress.

NGG – No Grants Gallery, The Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street  Temple Bar, Dublin 2
‘Between A & B’ – Work by photographer Kevin McNicholas and part of PhotoIreland Festival 2011.
Photographed around the streets of Dublin and other cities of the world, ‘Between A & B is a collection of un-posed and unassuming images of real life.  www.kevmcnicholas.com.

Project Arts Centre, Gallery, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
‘Mondegreen’ – Work by Geoffrey Farmer & Jeremy Millar.
A new collaborative artwork that will take the form of a durational play to explore the artists’ shared interests in the chance operations of John Cage, the separation between text and image, as well as an underlying interest in James Joyce’s Ulysses.

The Green Gallery, Top Floor, St Stephen’s Green Centre, Dublin 2
The Green Gallery makes available a broad range of contemporary art from both Irish and International artists. The Green Gallery is known for its variety in style, price range and excellence of quality.

The Green on Red Gallery, 26-28 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2
Arrangements’ – Work by Caroline McCarthy (24 June  - 06 August 2011)
Drawing on readily available product ranges, such as rugs, drinking straws, shelving and furniture, Arrangements explores ideas of the unique and the mass-produced; of difference and sameness, generated through familiar conventions of productions and presentation.

The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1
Out of Order’ – Opening, July 7th @ 6pm.
Out of Order is a solo show of new work by Dublin based artist Niall de Buitlear featuring a series of over 50 small – scale paper sculptures and a complementary series of drawings. Niall de Buitlear was recipient of the 2009/2010 Irish Residential Studio Award at Dublin City Council’s Red Stables.

The Jam Art Factory, Patrick Street, Dublin.
Jam Art Factory is a gallery and design shop which aims to promote both established and up-and-coming Irish based artists and designers giving them an exciting blend. On First Thursdays Dublin, the Jam Art Factory are showcasing work from Paddy Duffy, David Spence, Rob Crane and NCAD fourth year degree graduates.  In keeping with the artistic vibe, the Jam Art Factory will also be hosting live acoustic music sessions on Saturday afternoons with new Irish bands in an intimate setting.

The Doorway Gallery, 24 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2
Denise Donnelly from The Bad Art Gallery and Deirdre Carroll from the Bridge Gallery have joined forces to create Dublin’s new and exciting gallery The Doorway Gallery on Frederick Street – Come in to view the wonderful art on display.

Upcoming Dates:

  • July 7th
  • August 4th
  • September 8th
  • October 6th

If any galleries wish to join the initiative simply contact Eimear Chaomhánachechaomhanach@templebar.ie /  01 677 2255





First Thursdays Dublin – more cultural spaces joining the monthly event of late night culture!


On the First Thursday of every month a selection of cultural spaces are opening their doors after hours offering you an extra chance to see art, culture and events in a number of venues between 6–8pm. Join us for the next First Thursdays Dublin next Thursday May 5th in the following cultural spaces across Dublin City:

1. Block T, Smithfield
RENDERED opens May 5th. This is a Group Show of work by Fine Art Media students from The National College of Art and Design.

2. Clyne Gallery, Exchange street Upper, Temple Bar, D.2
Clyne Gallery is pleased to participate in the 2011 Bealtaine Festival and present Garvan Gallagher’s photography exhibition ‘Wearing Purple’.

3. Fish-Bowl Gallery / Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, D. 2
Sculptor John Conway exhibits ‘unfinished’ works.

4. Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar
Presented as part of Bealtaine, Prime Years explores the many aspects of aging through images made from the individual perspectives of 12 artists from around the world.

5. Graphic Studio Gallery, Through the Arch, Off Cope Street, Temple Bar, D.2
Opening of two person exhibition ‘Sometimes I dream’ – Woodblock prints by Gerard Cox & ‘Inner Flow’ – etchings by Ciaran Tuite.

6. Mad Art Gallery & Studio, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, D.1
The Disquiet of the Everyday by Jenny Spain and Sarah Quigley.

7. Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, 4 Temple Bar, D.2
CONSTRUCT # 1. Cannon Fodder* Collective. Preview 5th May. Cannon Fodder* composed of Caroline Doolin, Nora Duggan, Gerard Erraught, Fiona Marron, Kurt Oppermann & Serena Teehan.

8. NCAD Gallery, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8
‘Gone to the Dogs’ by Nigel Graham Cheney. Opening View: 5th May. An exhibition of new works, bringing together Cheney’s most recent work of intricately embroidered and quilted textile prints.

9. NGG – No Grants Gallery, The Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D.2
Lino I know opens May 5th. First solo exhibition by The Printing Rooms and artist Fán Regan.

10. Project Arts Centre, Gallery, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D.2
Second Burial at Le Blanc by artist Sarah Browne opens May 5th. This solo exhibition including 16mm film and sculpture, looks at concepts of currency – obsolete, re-born, or teetering on the edge of disaster.

11. Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, D.2
Offline continues until 14th May. An exhibition bringing together five artists including Alexksandra Domanovi, Joel Hommberg, Parket Ito, Eilis McDonald and Johnathan Rafman.

12. The Joinery, 6 Rosemount terrace, Arbour hill, Dublin 7
Open to the Public opens on May 5th and is an exhibition of photographs by year two photography students from IADT-Dun Laoghaire.

13. The Green on Red Gallery, 26-28 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2
Ronan McCrea’s first solo exhibition combines photographs from his recent School Play project with new works that elaborate the theme of play and educational institutions in relation to the photographic and cinematic image, subjectivity, form and function of highly symbolic social spaces.

SNH: Jenn Gardiner visits First Thursdays Dublin

JENN GARDINER visits First Thursdays Dublin – when a number of galleries share their open night
on the First Thursday of the month Jenn Gardner.

W:  First Thursdays Dublin P: 01 677 2255

First Thursdays Dublin –  up close and personal

‘A picture is worth a thousand words – particularly if you can’t read…’

Harry Harshfield

Ok, so little did I think my first Thursday of April would plan out the way it did. I rushed home from school to dawn my alter ego and enjoy the galleries of Temple Bar for the first time. Being told –  SCENEnotHERD members Breffni, Dearbhla and Jenn – that we would get the chance to interview the people of the galleries along the way on camera sounds nice doesn’t it, but with no preparation and little time it felt like being put in the deep end!  It was quite daunting and could only lead to a few hiccups along the way. I felt it went considerably well. (So don’t judge) I caught the end of the Uilleann pipers in No Grants Gallery and when told there were two songs left to go I was disappointed that they combined them as it was obvious people were getting in to the song, tapping away merrily. But never the less it was an enjoyable performance.

We meander around the galleries and our first stop was Project Arts Centre to meet with Tessa Giblin the curator of the ‘Things- exhibition’. We got to experience it for ourselves going through the plinths. I had heard about the exhibition, but did not understand how it worked. Each plinth had a speaker inside with music pumping out all having the word ‘Thing’ in the lyrics. I loved the idea behind it, giving the surroundings a voice? It was defiantly interesting and I went back to check it out.

Getting back to the No Grants Gallery where we had a look around at the exhibition and I got a chance to talk to Gay McKeown, CEO of Na Piobairi Uilleann, telling me all about uilleann pipes and their origin.   I didn’t know too much about them and it was nice to hear the history behind them.  I had never known that an uilleann pipe is broken down into pieces and each piece takes time to learn. After mastering each step it’s put together and its time to learn music notes.

With not enough time to hang around we squeezed in a chat with Damien Dempsey where I made a fool of myself asking how long he has been playing the uilleann pipes! Quite embarrassing but I think he took it with a pinch of salt or at least I hope so.  There was some sandwiches floating around, me and Dearbla made sure to get our hands on some.

When we got outside we got talking to Leo Enright- 50 year’s space organiser, chatting about Yuri night events on Tuesday. It sounded interesting and Breffini was asked to film the action.

Sauntering down to The Exchange where it was packed we squeezed our way through to take a glimpse.  Aíne (another SCENEnotHERD member) was helping out, keeping busy and over all doing a good job!   The exhibit was interesting and it was nice to see what the work involved.

We left for Clyne Gallery next door and where we had to wait around (awkwardly) to be let in while being filmed. When we did get in it was so quaint and small. There didn’t seem to be much of a buzz but there was an interesting piece – I wish I knew the name of it but basically it was rats stuck in traps growing in size. Personally I loved it but it wasn’t exactly Dearbhlas cup of tea. :S ha

Down to Monster Truck we went  but unfortunately it was jammers so we went next door to the Temple Bar Gallery & Studios instead.  Getting in was not too much of a struggle so we had a look at the exhibition which proved to be interesting. It wasn’t your typical experience with a lot of unusual art work – but it was fascinating. The alien and paper stack were my favourites they contrasted nicely.  We spoke to Rayne Booth, the curator there, you’ll see more on the film to be posted by Breffni shortly!

The Graphic Studio Gallery was hidden away. Upon getting there it looked as if it were closed but after a while we were let in as it was locked because of rif-raf going around, welcomed in there was  some small eggs kept aside for visitors. I loved the prints in their stands and there was a wide range to browse through. We said our goodbyes and were on our way to the Gallery of Photography where we stood at reception talking to Darragh there about the exhibition.

All in all it was a great night out and can’t wait for the next.

Jenn Gardner


Next First Thursdays Dublin takes place May 5th, 6 – 8pm.

See here for all participating galleries.

First Thursdays Dublin – April’s Schedule of Cultural Events


On the First Thursday of every month a selection of gallery spaces in Dublin City are opening their doors after hours offering you an extra chance to see art, culture and events in a number of venues between 6–8pm. The next First Thursdays Dublin takes place on Thursday April 7th. See list of eleven cultural spaces below who will be participating.

Clyne Gallery The Wooden Building, Exchange street Upper, Temple Bar, D.2
Clyne Gallery is loaded with work from some of Ireland’s strongest creative talents – it is a distinctive fusion of applied art and fine art.   www.clynegallery.com

Fish-Bowl Gallery / Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, D.2
Less But Better opens on 7th April and is an exhibition about and inspired by the industrial designer Dieter Rams. He is regarded as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. www.exchangedublin.ie

The Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D.2
Things (2009) is a mesmerising aesthetic experience, and with longer exposure, one’s idea of a landscape of art begins to shift into a topography of art. www.projectartscentre.ie

NGG – No Grants Gallery The Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D.2
Capital Craft – The Art of Uilleann Pipemaking in Dublin City
An exhibition showcasing the rich heritage of uilleann pipe making and pipers who performed in Temple Bar dating back to the early 1800s.   www.templebar.ie

Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square Temple Bar, D.2
Worlds of Colour by Steve McCurry continues in the Gallery of Photography until 24 April.  www.galleryofphotography.ie

Temple Bar Gallery & Studios 5-9 Temple Bar, D. 2
Offline launches on the 7th April and is an exhibition bringing together five artists including: Alexksandra Domanovi, Joel Holmberg, Parket Ito, Eilis McDonald and Jonathan Rafman.  www.templebargallery.com

Monster Truck Gallery 4 Temple Bar, D.2
Tristan Perich: Interval Studies – a solo exhibition by New York-based artist and composer Tristan Perich. Inspired by the aesthetics of maths and physics, Perich works with simple forms and complex systems. www.monstertruck.ie

Graphic Studio Gallery, Through the Arch. Off Cope Street, Temple Bar, D.2
New Works by Barbara Rae. Renowned Scottish painter, Barbara Rae CBE RA, is equally at home with creating prints as she is painting. Exhibition duration:  10th March – 9th April.  www.graphicstudiogallery.ie

BLOCK T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Sq., Dublin
BLOCK T Annual Studio Group Show (And Gallery Launch) with a group show of work by their resident studio artists. www.blockt.ie

The Joinery, 6 Rosemount terrace, Arbour hill, Dublin 7
EverythingSoon: Sarah O’Brien, Brian Harte & Réamonn Byrne. Opening Reception.  www.thejoinery.org

Mad Art Gallery & Studio, 56 Lower Gardiner Street / Dublin 1
Mixed Grille – Photographs by Shea Healy showcases his unique take on Dublin shop windows, in his first solo photography show since the late 1980′s.  www.madartstudio.com

NGG opens with first solo show by Wendy Stephens for ‘First Thursdays Dublin’

We have an exciting evening ahead of us as First Thursdays Dublin‘ kicks off tonight. We are thrilled to be part of this new joint initiative with a number of Dublin based cultural organisations and tonight NGG (No Grants Gallery) will open with the first solo exhibition by Wendy Stephens, Letting go with Lines.

‘First Thursdays Dublin’ will see a growing collective of galleries and cultural spaces open late into the evening with special cultural events taking place between 6-8pm offering you an after-hours chance for even more culture!

About Wendy Stephens
Wendy Stephens is from Dublin. She completed a BA in Textile Design in 2008. During her degree she spent one and half influential years studying in the Moholy-Nagy University in Budapest. Wendy recently spent five months in Bali, Indonesia practising life drawing and creating recycled jewellery. She has now returned to Ireland to continue and develop this work. ‘Letting go with lines’ is Wendy’s first solo show.

‘This body of work is all about learning how to surrender to the process and to really experience it. It is about learning how to allow inner thoughts and criticisms, emotions and cravings to be free to pass and change but to be given no space to cause any hindrance. When this space is kept free for creativity to flow something special happens. The influence from these thoughts and emotions becomes less and less and the work becomes more and more alive. This is an ongoing experiment.’

- Wendy Stephens

Opening Evening: Thursday March 3rd, 6pm.
Exhibition runs March 3rd – March 24th, 9am – 5pm
Venue: NGG / The Culture Box, Temple Bar Cultural Trust, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D.2

For more information log on to www.templebar.ie. RSVP First Thursdays Dublin on Facebook.