Discover the vibrant contemporary art in Dublin’s Cultural Quarter.

Hosted by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Art Walk is a free outdoor guided tour introducing contemporary art exhibitions in Temple Bar. Art Walk takes you inside Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and neighbouring galleries and studios including, Black Church Print Studio, Project Arts Centre and, the Gallery of Photography.

Join us at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for an introduction to our current exhibition Tour Donas by Lucy McKenzie. We will then move next door to hear about Fade to Black, a Black Church Print Studio exhibition at The Library Project. Finishing with a short walk to Project Arts Centre for an introduction to Emma Wolf-Haugh’s Domestic Optimism, taking in some points of interest along the way.

This 40 minute tour is a great introduction to the arts in Temple Bar. Led by friendly curators and staff, enjoy a unique opportunity to gain insight into these exhibitions and organisations in a relaxed outdoor environment. Afterwards you will be free to enjoy the afternoon, viewing these exhibitions at your own pace.

We'll meet on Tuesday 14 September 2021 at 2pm outside Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Book a spot and be introduced to our vibrant contemporary arts organisations and community.

Lucy McKenzie’s first solo exhibition in Ireland, Tour Donas at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, has grown out of an ongoing dialogue with curator Pádraic E. Moore. Featuring paintings, sculptures and elements of décor, this exhibition highlights the heterogeneity of McKenzie's practice. Weaving together fragments of art historical narratives with topical contemporary subjects, Tour Donas explores appropriation, authorship and the hierarchies between artforms.

Fade to Black, curated by Grace Weir and Joe Walker on behalf of Black Church Print Studio, presents work by eight artists – Robert Barry, David Blamey, Chloe Brenan, Et n’est-ce*, Hazel Egan, John Lalor, Catriona Leahy, Anja Mahler, Yoko Ono, Sarah Pierce, Endre Tot, Ian Wilson. The exhibition explores ideas within the languages of cinema, installation, performance, and printmaking, presenting works that engage in moments between duration and instance, the fictional and facticity, narration and documentation.

Domestic Optimism by Emma Wolf-Haugh at Project Arts Centre presents two 'acts'. Act One: Modernism–A Lesbian Love Story explores the lesbian flâneur as an avatar figure that liberates the domesticated body into the mutable space of the city. Act Two: Radclyffe Hall–The Lazerbeam Theirstory Projects enters into speculative exchange with the often misrepresented history of Ballymun, a post-war style high rise social housing estate built on Dublin’s northside in the 1960s. The newly commissioned works include tailored screens, pop-up furniture, photo-walls (produced in collaboration with the artists Kerstin Honeit and Line Skywalker Karlström), zines and video works. With their warped aesthetics of museum display, the collective works underline the unmaking of normatively structured representation.