Not just the capital of Ireland, Dublin is also the country’s capital of contemporary art. From small cutting-edge galleries in Georgian houses, to large innovative stage-of-the-art spaces, Dublin is an oasis for any art-lover. The focus of a previous Culture Trip article, here is an updated list of the best contemporary art galleries, to reflect the everchanging art scene in the Fair City.
Initiated in 1995 and situated on Dublin’s famous St Stephens Green, Rubicon Gallery is a main contributor to Ireland’s contemporary art scene. The gallery’s core objective is to help Irish and international artists realise their ambitious projects, making them a household name both in Ireland and around the world. The gallery hosts around ten exhibitions annually, typically solo shows, but occasionally curates group exhibitions, as well as producing a number of publications. The Rubicon has also developed a reputation abroad, representing a number of artists at international art fairs, events and biennales, but it also commissions new works, and acts a springboard for lesser-known international talent. Rubicon Gallery’s portfolio of artists includes the landscape painter Donald Teskey and multi-disciplinary artist Stephen Brandes.
Rubicon Gallery, 10 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 6708055
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) was established in 1983 by a group of artists and administrators, becoming one of the first DIY artist-centred initiatives in Ireland. This group was housed in a rented disused shirt factory which extended through a block on Temple Bar towards the quays. As Temple Bar became a cultural and tourist hub, the gallery space contributed to and developed with the area’s rejuvenation during the 1990s. The shirt factory received a major facelift, with 30 artist studios and a sizeable gallery on the ground floor, with large windows to maximise light and the sense of space. Temple Bar Gallery + Studios officially took occupation of these premises in 1994. Thirty years on since its inception, TBG+S continues to support upcoming artists, as well as connecting the public with radical Irish contemporary art, with exhibitions of varying themes and media, from performance art to painting and installations.
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 671 0073