Gavin Murphy’s exhibition of film, sculpture, text and photography is the culmination of a period of research into the now defunct Eblana Theatre, which explores absences or voids in our cultural memory. Situated in the basement of Dublin’s central bus station Busáras – a visionary and contested scheme designed by Michael Scott and Partners, and influenced by international modernist movement – the building was envisaged as a kind of civic Gesamtkunstwerk for the benefit of the
practical, social and cultural needs of the public.
Through producer Phyllis Ryan, the Eblana premièred the work of many Irish playwrights, and staged plays ranging from populist revues to experimental works, covering taboo subjects in Ireland of the time such as homosexuality, homelessness and criticism of the Catholic Church. However its artistic fortunes gradually declined, and the theatre was eventually closed in 1995.
The exhibition has been developed with the support of the Irish Architecture Foundation, and through funding from the Arts Council (Project Award), and The Arup Trust.
b. 1973, Dublin
Gavin Murphy is a Dublin-based artist and curator. Exhibitions include: In Art We Are Poor Citizens, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (2014); On Seeing Only Totally New Things, Royal Hibernian Academy (2012), and Moving Deaths, Conical, Melbourne (2009).