Past Exhibitions

The Workers Café

11 October - 02 November 2013

The Workers Café transforms the Gallery at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios into a pop up cafe and social space for discussion, learning, sharing skills and food from October 11th until November 2nd 2013.

The project also provides an opportunity for artists to earn money in ways which relate to their practices. The budget of the exhibition has been set aside to pay fees to artists, sourced through an open call, who deliver workshops, talks and performances. Daily 3pm workshops and participatory events are open to the public, and either cost just €5 to attend or are free of charge. Workshops and talks can be booked in advance via the links to the right ofthis page. Full details of workshops can be accessed below.

A number of helpful resources including life coaching for artists and one-on-one proposals clinics are available for artists to sign up to

A temporary kitchen, called ‘The Hare’ after the SS Hare CWS, a relief ship which brought food to starving strikers during the 1913 lockout, will be set up to provide sustenance to artists, workers and visitors.

Full schedule of events (download link): schedule.xlsx
Full descriptions of workshops and booking info (download link): Workers_cafe_workshops_full_descriptions.docx

The Workers Café is part of a collaboration with the Limerick City Art Gallery, Belfast Exposed and the Centre for Contemporary Art Derry to mark the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lock-Out.

Opening hours: 11am - 6pm Tuesday - Saturday

The Hare, a project by artist Fiona Hallinan and chef Katie Sanderson, is a temporary kitchen in the gallery of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios which will provide sustenance to artists and gallery visitors throughout the course of Worker's Cafe. The Hare will work with alternating guest chefs including artists involved in Worker's Cafe.

Open:11:00-15:00 Tuesday to Saturday, with food and drinks also provided for occasional special events

Bill of Fare
The 3-in-1: a dish of dips, bread and best in season vegetables
Daily vegetarian specials
Tea, coffee and home made sweet things.






Thursday 10th October, 6-8pm

Artist Talks

Workshops and talks take place daily in the gallery at 3pm during the Workers Cafe

Links to booking details:

Friday 11th October Atsushi Kaga workshop : Draw animals in your own way

Saturday 12th Otober Ed Devane workshop: Make your own cardboard mountain dulcimer

Tuesday 15th October La Cosa Preziosa (Susanna Caprara) Artists Talk: Immaterial Labour: An Introduction to Field Recording Practice'

Wednesday 16 October Ida Mitrani Workshop: Wall of Leaves- Botanical Drawing

Thursday 17 October. Cats Byrne workshop: Blogging - The uses of a digital notebook

Friday 18th October Cathrine Harty: Performance and talk: 'Art Worker' 

Saturday 19 October (1pm): Discussion on Internships in association with VAI (Free, no booking necessary)

Saturday 19th October Michelle Browne: Workshop: Finding the performative in your other job

Tuesday 22nd October (11am) The Mothership Project

Tuesday 22nd October Joanne Laws: Talk/presentation: Artistic producation and the contemporary labour landscape: A national consideration

Thursday 24th October Alan James Burns: Performance : A one-hour performative lecture on the working of the mind

Saturday 26th October Colm Mac Athlaoich: Workshop: Etching and printing

Tuesday 29th October Shane Finan: Artists Talk: Place, Gentrification and Artist-led Initiatives

Wednesday 30th October Visual Arts Workers Forum Gear-Up 

Friday 1st November Kate Clark: Dublin Rubbings

Saturday 2nd November, 1pm: Discussion on 'Life Coaching for Beginners', a project by Michelle Browne at the workers Cafe. 

Saturday 2nd November, 3pm: Fiona Hallinan, Kate Clark & Come Here to Me. Event: A parcel of butter, a packet of tea, a pot of jam, a bag of sugar: The 1913 Lockout and International Solidarity

Download full descriptions and details of workshops below

Other projects and events:
A programme of information sessions, clinics and discussions for artists is also taking place in collaboration with Visual Artists Ireland.

Other events taking place:

  • Launch of the Visual Artists Payments Guidelines on Thursday 17th October at 6pm.
  • One-on-one proposals clinics with TBG+S and VAI staff- an opportunity to get one on one advice and guidance with your artistic proposals and applications. 6 sessions are available. Email to book. Places are awarded on a first come-first served basis. Clinics take place at 11am on wednesdays and Fridays during the month of October.
  • Life coaching for non-believers. (a project by Michelle Browne). 4 individual sessions with a professional life coach are available. Artists who are considering giving up art are invited to sign up for a free session with a trained life coach. Participants will also commit to meeting with artist Michelle Browne before and after the session to discuss how the life coaching session influenced their attitude towards their career as an artist. Those interested are asked to submit a 150 word (max) text that outlines what drew them to this call. email michellembrowne(@) to book.
  • Costing & Pricing Your Work with Patricia Clyne-Kelly - In association with Visual Artists Ireland

Download a full schedule of events below.

Further Information

Rayne Booth
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+353 (0)1 671 0073

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