After 6 years of successful national and international exhibitions MART (www.mart.ie) is setting up a new visual arts depo - THE MART in Rathmines, Dublin. Fresh from north american and european tours, the next endeavour is the creation of “THE MART” - a multi-gallery, art shop, studio and workshop space housed in the iconic old fire station.
We need your support to pay for the electrics & fire certificate! Every donation will support our new space, specifically installing full electrics and emergency lighting system. THE MART will engage our 150+ artists, local communities, national and international artists and curators. It will also be home to MIAEN - Mart’s International Arts Exchange Network which will offer professional development for artists and curators from around the world to come and curate an exhibition in Dublin with local artists. It will provide studio space and offer comprehensive curatorial and art programs. This Network will introduce Dublin audiences to exceptional international artistic practices.
The fire station was previously occupied by the Dublin Civil Defence and Dublin Fire Brigade for years and we wish to bring this amazing building back to life. THE MART will be a gathering of like minded people, an open sphere where visions convene and artistic endeavours are conducted and collide!
With a base MART can provide Dublin artists with equipment and technical support for exhibitions. MART will also act as a Curatorial Service provider, where Artists can call upon curators advice, help and services to create their show.
During 2012/13 THE MART will be home to 10 art studios, domestic art exhibitions, workshop and facilitate 5 curated shows which will see global curators and art initiatives connecting with local artists.
The Artists & Curators involved in MART are highly skilled educational, technical and artistic expertise; the curators and artists hold Masters & PHDs in Art. MART’s activities will impact an international artistic flare to Dublin’s city & Rathmine’s Cultural life.
MART was set up in 2006 by Ciara Scanlan and Matthew Nevin as an arts organisation whose primary aim is to create a platform for New Media, Installation, Sculpture, Experimental Film, and Performance artists to showcase their work and provide an Art resource that is accessible, interesting and enjoyable to the public. MART is home to Ireland's largest Contemporary online Visual Art Gallery.
MART was founded on an inclusive ethos, which aims to break down boundaries in the Visual Arts through its ability to inspire a curiosity for knowledge and education through art. We want to bring contemporary art to the forefront of culture by actively engaging people from all sectors of society in both its viewing and production.
MART has supported the work of over 300 artists and reached over 1 million people through its extensive press portfolio and an audience of over 30,000 over several exhibitions across Galway, Limerick and Dublin in Ireland, London in the UK and several cities across central and eastern Europe and most recently in North America as part of Imagine Ireland.