On Friday 11 March, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios launched its 2016 Artistic Programme. Full details of the programme are available in a new publication which was also launched on the day. Highlights include five major exhibitions for the year, along with opportunities such as studio membership for artists at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and a full programme of public events.
Niall Kelly, Chairman of TBG+S, remarked on how ‘the launch of the Programme has become an annual event at TBG+S - an opportunity to pause and bring together our artists, board, staff, community, friends and all those who support our work to formally announce our programme and forward planning for the year ahead.’
He announced the artists who will be exhibiting in the five main gallery exhibitions in 2016, indicating strong emphasis, on solo shows by Irish and international artists and that ‘TBG+S is working with highly regarded artists who are ambitious and adventurous for their art’.
Artists presenting solo exhibitions are Amie Siegel (USA) curated by Megs Morley, Declan Clarke (co-commissioned with Belfast Exposed, CCI Paris and Trinity Creative), Orla Barry (co-commissioned with Wexford Arts Centre) and Barbara Knezevic. A group exhibition featuring artists Michelle Browne, Lisa Marie Johnson, Ella de Burca, Jesse Jones and Avril Corroon will be curated by Rayne Booth (Programme Curator). TBG+S will host its 6th edition of the Dublin Art Book Fair in November 2016 and will again work with a writer to offer an alternative form of writing on art. Claire Louise Bennett is the commissioned writer for 2016.
The ambitions for the 2016 exhibition programme are enabled by collaborations and partnerships with other organisations. Reflecting the ethos of TBG+S as a studio organisation, most of the work on display in the gallery will be commissioned or co-commissioned by the organisation in partnership with others, thus highlighting TBG+S’s commitment to the production of new artistic work.
Clíodhna Shaffrey, Director stated that ‘at TBG+S we place the artist at the centre of what we do’. She went on to say that ‘TBG+S is lucky to have a Cultural Use Agreement with the City Council (formally TBCT) that ensures and protects our status as a studio and gallery organisation in the centre of Dublin City.’ Acknowledging concern around the studio crisis, she suggested that ‘answers can be found but require cross sector innovative and pragmatic thinking and, resources.’ She acknowledged the role played by ‘the studio artists at TBG+S – who enabled us to present an extensive programme of talks, screenings and other events, that give audiences insights into contemporary art and sees the organisation as a place of learning and creativity’.
The full programme of events is available to download by clicking the following link:
TBG+S 2016 Artistic Programme