2021 Artistic Programme

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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 2021 Programme presents four 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 2021, 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 Exhibition programme opens with Agitation Co-op, featuring works by Michele Horrigan (IE), Catriona Leahy (IE), Laurie Robins (UK/US), Libita Sibungu (NM/UK), curated by Michael Hill, Programme Curator. In July, TBG+S opens the long-awaited solo exhibition, Tour Donas by Scottish artist, Lucy McKenzie, curated by Pádraic E. Moore. Wayward Eye commissions four TBG+S studio artists, through the Arts Council’s Commissions Award 2020. Vivienne Dick, Sarah Pierce, Marcel Vidal and Eimear Walshe, who consider their lived worlds through the portal of this time. In the final exhibition, Tamsin Snow employs CGI and sculpture in an immersive installation that draws on sources from medical science, posthuman theory and modernist architecture.

The Commissioned Writer in 2021 is Nicole Flattery, whose writing is dazzling and daring and very funny. Nicole will write on the four gallery exhibitions with creative freedom to respond in her own way.

Dr Lisa Godson is guest curator for Dublin Art Book Fair 2021 (DABF). Her theme, Manual brings attention to the dual nature of books as material objects and as the repositories of content. A centre for the artist book, DABF platforms leading and cutting-edge publishers, Irish and international. It is a meeting point for crossdisciplinary programmes, where you can participate in a unique and warm atmosphere.

This year, the Learning + Public Engagement programmes take a hybrid form of online films, podcasts, talks and screenings and live engagement with art and the work of artists. There are many opportunities to engage at TBG+S, with highlights such as Watch + Listen, an online programme of artist talks, workshops and studio visits, and the Summer School, a lively programme of online and outdoor interactive projects. Admission to the exhibitions and events at TBG+S is free, for everybody.

TBG+S is honoured to be awarded the opportunity to represent Ireland with one of the country's most outstanding artists, Niamh O’Malley, at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022. Niamh O’Malley, a TBG+S studio artist, is known for her exquisitely crafted sculptures and moving image installations that hold viewers still in a moment of contemplation.

Cliodhna Shaffrey, Director, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios said "It is because of the many levels of support and connectivity to artists, funders, our board, audiences and supporters that we have been able to keep things alight and operate programmes over the last year and half, be it on a virtual plane. Now, we look forward to the next seven months and present our annual programme of exhibitions, events and information on studio membership and residencies. We are delighted that people can step into galleries and be in the same space as art and that artists are safely working in their studios.

The full programme is available on our website.