Temple Bar Gallery + Studios launches 2020 Artistic Programme

10 February 2020

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to announce its 2020 Artistic Programme. The programme was officially launched by Linda Doyle (Professor of Engineering & the Arts and Vice President for Research/Dean of Research in Trinity College Dublin) at a special event on Friday 7 February at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

Located in Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) is a leading artists’ studio complex and contemporary art gallery which places artists and art at the heart of the City. The 2020 Programme presents five gallery exhibitions, studio membership and international residency opportunities for artists, Dublin Art Book Fair, and a dynamic public engagement programme offering pathways for audiences to learn, reflect and engage with artists and their work.

TBG+S houses thirty high-quality and affordable studios where professional artists at all stages of their careers, from recent graduates to internationally recognised artists, make their work. Each year this vital resource supports artists to develop and create exciting new work. In 2020, artists are invited to apply for one and three-year studio tenures and a Recent Graduate Residency award, as well as two significant international residencies, in Helsinki and New York.

The 2020 Exhibition Programme features solo exhibitions of new work by Irish artists Mairead O’hEocha and Tamsin Snow. Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca will exhibit Swinguerra, their film made for the Brazilian Pavilion of the 2019 Venice Biennale. Welsh artist Sean Edwards will produce a new sculptural installation specifically for Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. A group exhibition, Agitation Co-op, brings together the research-led practices of Michele Horrigan, Catriona Leahy, Laurie Robins and Libita Sibungu, which unsettle and uncover hidden stories in the landscape.

The Commissioned Writer in 2020 is Ian Maleney, a writer from Offaly whose work has been highly praised for its poetic serenity and reflective qualities. With creative freedom, Ian will respond to each of the exhibitions and his written responses will be published online and available in the gallery throughout the year.

In November, TGB+S will celebrate the tenth anniversary of Dublin Art Book Fair (DABF) - the only one of its kind in Ireland. Focusing on cutting-edge Irish and international publishers and contemporary artist books, expect to discover an impressive selection of books relating to all areas of creative practice. While you are there, take part in a free programme of events guest curated by leading design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn. This will be the first DABF programme produced by an international curator.

Throughout the year, a rich programme of free public events provide visitors with many opportunities to get involved, meet artists and learn something new. One of the highlights is the Summer School in July, where the gallery is taken over with workshops and participatory installations led by TBG+S studio artists. Admission to the exhibitions and events at TBG+S is free, for everybody.

Speaking at the launch, Professor Linda Doyle praised the fearlessness of artists, the ways of seeing that artists bring to things and how they have a particular ability to see the invisible, complexity and the ambiguous. She went on to state, "Where I see some of the most stunning and profound technical literacy is in work of artists that I encounter."

Cliodhna Shaffrey, Director, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios said “with the presence of such brilliant studio artists, TBG+S is first and foremost a centre of creativity. Across our five gallery exhibitions, we are keen to get behind the artists and their ideas and support their risk-taking and experimentation, to bring the best of contemporary art into the public sphere.”

The full programme is available at www.templebargallery.com or to download below.

Download the 2020 Programme