RUA RED defines itself as the South Dublin Arts Centre: home to all types of art aimed at all members of the community. Located in the emerging cultural quarter of Tallaght, which is outside Dublin city centre, RUA RED’s artistic programme aims to inspire and engage Irish and international audiences. The venue collaborates with local festivals and organisations to create a diverse range of events and programmes, but it also organises visual art exhibitions (in its two galleries), theatrical productions, live music events, film screenings, performance pieces, dance recitals, and creative writing workshops. RUA RED is worth the excursion from Dublin city centre as there is plenty to hear, see and do at this arts venue.
RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland, +353 1 4515860
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