Past Exhibitions

Conquested Culturstruction, Aoife Desmond, Karl Burke, Dennis McNulty, Carl Giffney. Curated by Aoife Tunney

20 October - 25 November 2011

“The act of architecture is significant in its unavoidable manner of influence and its ability to affect mood, orientation, pleasure, economy and feelings,” architectural historian, Joseph Rykwert. 

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios presents Conquested,  an exhibition curated by Aoife Tunney and featuring the work of Irish artists Culturstruction, Aoife Desmond, Karl Burke, Dennis McNulty and Carl GiffneyConquested is an exhibition that focuses on architecture and how we experience it in cities. The exhibition is held across three venues; Temple Bar Gallery + StudiosThe Paper Store , a warehouse in the Docklands area of Dublin and Unit 3 Spencer Dock, Dublin.

The artists’ practices within Conquested consider flexible architecture, nature and the city, the physical experience of the self among architecture, the psychology of space, the notion of planning, drawing and technology, myth, communication, time, place and memory.

Conquested takes as its starting point the short story, The Concentration City, by JG Ballard, 1952.  Set in a dystopian, futuristic city, the story centres around its protagonist Franz who had a dream about flying a home-made glider, in “totally free space. In three dimensions as it were”. He begins searching the length of the city, with its hundreds of levels of buildings, for somewhere big enough to fly. Others discount his quest as crazy; “free space, isn’t that a contradiction in terms? Space is a dollar in cubic feet,” his friend remarked. This city, he discovers is trapped behind a wall, either mythical or real, and inside the experience of the city is that space comes before humans.  Development has closed down free space.

Architecture can open up space in its design and attitude but over development of any city has the potential of closing down space, and with that its possibilities. In contrast to this Conquested works within the gaps and possibilities we have been presented with following the collapse of the property market and development in Dublin city. How we use and experience the city is closely considered. Our identity, memories and the development of our self-locator is within the veins of the city-we have a relationship with its possibilities and its failings.

Conquested  is set across three sites in Dublin, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, and The Paper Store warehouse and Spencer Dock.  The gallery can be seen as a programmed, contained and established building and the warehouse, sited within a constantly developing docklands, with no fixed future, represents expanse and possibility while  Unit 3 in  the newly developed Spencer Dock area reflects change.

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Biographical Information:

Aoife Tunney is an independent curator working and living in Dublin. She holds a BA in journalism, and received first class honours in her MA in curatorial practice at IADT. She is currently the curator-in-residence at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, and has just completed a residency at The Model in Sligo. Her practice investigates the architectural and sociological elements of spaces, of the everyday life in the city and the notion of performance within the negotiation of the built environment. Exhibitions she has curated include From the Community Hall, a solo show with a solo show with Annika Ström,at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios 2010, Capital Forwarding Solutions, showing Italian artist Paolo Tamburella 's work from Venice Biennale at the Paper Store warehouse in June 2010, a group show of international and Irish artists based in an unfinished office block in Dublin 2009, a solo show with Sara Barker at Four Gallery Dublin 2009, and Landed group show, 2008. Her projects for 2011 include All humans do, group show at White Box, Lower East Side, New York in January, 2012, travellling to open at The Model, April 2012.  In 2012 she will curate a solo show with Siobhan Mc Donald in The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon. She is on the 2011 curatorial panel for Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin. 

Carl Giffney is an artist based in Dublin. He co-founded The Good Hatchery, an artist led initiative that is housed in a building originally sourced for free via the internet. In 2010, he completed an MA in Visual Arts Practices at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Ireland (IADT). He has been involved in many projects both internationally and in Ireland. Recent residencies have seen him work in disparate locations from Westport to Berlin and in eclectic settings from the coal mines of Roscommon to the roundabouts of Limerick. He states that he is ‘fascinated by belief structures, methods of explaining our surroundings, taxonomy and history.’ With his art practice, Giffney tries to negotiate these thematic concerns - frequently in the public domain. The outcomes of these investigations involve large scale physicality and public intervention with audience engagement. Recent works include Missionary 52, -7, an outdoor commission for Commonage in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Lá Breithlá Shona Duit, for Behind Smoke and Mirrors at the Limerick City Gallery, Supreme Court / Imperial Measurements, a public work commissioned by Dublin City Arts Office for the Park Life exhibition and 'Lodestar' with The Good Hatchery at Mermaid Art Centre Bray, 2010. 

Aoife Desmond’s art practice is interdisciplinary and mainly site-specific. Using varied mediums such as film (super 8), slide photography, drawing, installation, performance, research and gardening she responds to different sites and situations.  She has recently participated in a two-month residency at The Land Foundation in Thailand as part of One Year Project 2.  She was artist in residence in the ‘ Centre Culturel Irlandais’ in 2007. Her collaborative projectTrespass ( was  awarded Irish Arts Council project award and exhibited at The LAB  2009. Her work has been selected as a temporary public art commission from Dun Laoighaire Rathdown  Co. Council as part of Concourse Offsite. She is a founding member of EFC (Experimental Film Club) in Dublin (http://www.  Recent exhibitions include Holding Together, The Douglas Hyde, 2010, Tulca 2010,  John Latham projects 2010 and Exchange Dublin. 

Culturstruction is a collaborative practice of Jo Anne Butler and Tara Kennedy. Positioned at the intersection of art and architecture their work addresses the embedded social, spatial and economic infrastructure of the public realm. The name ‘Culturstruction’ is a critique of the impossibility of the task of ‘constructing culture’. By prising open the accepted boundaries of practice they wish to challenge processes of conceiving, making and managing our built environs. Recent projects include a research residency and exhibition in the Process Room at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2011) and Commonage a five-year architectural research project based in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland (2010 – 2015) devised and produced by Culturstruction with independent curator Rosie Lynch.

Karl Burke  is a interdisciplinary artist and active musician whose practice includes sculpture, sound, installation works, photography and film. Exhibiting both nationally and internationally, his work is concerned with our relationship to and perceptions of the three dimensional world and endeavors to form a physical and emotive relationship between the art object space/place and the viewer. Recent shows include Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh 2010, Feedback, Galway Arts Centre, 2011.

Dennis McNulty is an artist whose practice is concerned with memory, potential and flow. Recent solo projects include Another Construction, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2011); Space Replaced by Volume, the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Arts, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (2011); and The Driver and the Passenger, Green On Red, Dublin (2010). Group shows include,Harboring Tone and Place, CCS Bard Gallery, Bard College (2011); Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven, Bureau for Open Culture, CCAD, Columbus, Ohio & Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Vermont (2011); Mixtapes: Popular Music in Contemporary Art, The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2010); Nothing is Impossible , The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh (2010); and the São Paulo Bienal (2004 & 2008). Forthcoming shows include De l'émergence du Phénix, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (Nov 2011) and All Humans Do, White Box, New York (Jan 2012).



20 October - 25 November 2011

Opening Hours:
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios: Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm Unit 3, Spencer Dock, Wed-Sat 12-2pm until 3rd November and afterwards by appointment
The Paper Store: By appointment.


Thursday 20th October 6-7pm at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios,  7.30pm at The Paper Store Warehouse, Upper Sheriff Street, D 2, and 8.30pm at Unit 3, Spencer Dock
Exhibition continues until November 26th, 2011

Artist Talks

Concentration City A discussion Thursday 27th October 2011 at 6pm. **POSTPONED UNTIL WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER, 6pm AT UNIT 3 SPENCER DOCK** Speakers: Culturstruction [Tara Kennedy and Jo Anne Butler], Artists Carl Giffney, Artist Hugh Campbell, Head of Architecture at Universtiy College Dublin Ciaran Benson, writer and Professor of Psychology at University College Dublin Simon Walker, architect and lecturer

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