On Friday evening, 2 February, Dublin City Councillor Rebecca Moynihan launched Temple Bar Gallery + Studios’ 2018 Artistic Programme. With a history that stretches back 35 years, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) is Dublin City’s leading artist studio complex and contemporary art gallery, supporting Irish and international artists.
The thirty studios in the building provide excellent workspaces and a vital place for artists to work in Dublin City Centre. In 2018 the artists awarded studios at TBG+S range from recent graduates and emerging artists, such as Myrid Carten and Marcel Vidal, to internationally recognised artists, including Gerard Byrne and Isabel Nolan. In 2018 TBG+S will issue three open calls for new studio members, and professional practicing artists in Ireland are encouraged to apply.
Niall Kelly, Chair of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, welcomed everyone to the launch and Councillor Rebecca Moynihan, who he described as "an advocate for the City" and who is inspiring in her vision for arts and culture to be an integral part of civic life.
Speaking at the launch, Councillor Rebecca Moynihan said “I am honoured to be asked to launch the 2018 Artistic Programme for Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, featuring five solo exhibitions by Irish and international artists. The 2018 programme is an exciting cultural offering for the citizens of Dublin and visitors to the Temple Bar area. Temple Bar Gallery + Studios was a pioneer in leading the regeneration of Temple Bar as a cultural space and is an important part of our cultural infrastructure in the City, providing exciting exhibitions such as this and artistic workspaces in the heart of the city.”
In 2018 the Exhibition Programme is underpinned by compelling performative dimensions, presenting diverse practices in five solo exhibitions of new work by three Irish artists and two international artists. In February TBG+S will work with Katrina Palmer (UK) on an ambitious new installation, ‘The Time-Travelling Circus: The Recent Return of Pablo Fanque and the Electrolier’, involving an elaborate audio environment and storytelling to evoke an alternative reality. In September 2018 young French artist Lola Gonzàlez will exhibit for the first time in Ireland, following her residency in TBG+S in 2016. Irish artists exhibiting are Stephen Loughman, Hannah Fitz and Ailbhe Ní Bhriain. Doireann Ní Ghríofa - a bilingual writer living and working in Cork - is TBG+S’ fourth commissioned writer who will respond to each of the exhibitions, offering an alternative form of writing on art.
TBG+S is home to the increasingly popular Dublin Art Book Fair, Ireland’s only book fair dedicated to the visual arts, which will take place in November 2018.
Throughout the year, a rich programme of learning and public engagement events provide the opportunity for visitors to connect with Irish and international artists and their work through talks, tours, workshops, performances, studio visits and screenings. The generous support of Central Bank of Ireland enables TBG+S to develop their visual arts education programmes in schools, ‘Creative Generations’ and a new programme, ‘Five Ways to Make a Sculpture’.
The full programme of events is available from www.templebargallery.com