Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Launches 2019 Programme

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) has announced details of its 2019 Artistic Programme.

The line-up was officially launched by Mark O’Kelly, Head of Painting at the National College of Art, at a special event on Friday, February 1. An anchor organisation in Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, TBG+S is a leading studio complex and contemporary art gallery which supports professional artists to develop and create new and exciting work.

Thirty studios at TBG+S provide a vital workplace for artists at all stages of their careers; from recent graduates to internationally recognised. The 2019 Programme presents five exhibitions and public events, inviting audiences to meet the visionaries, get inside the studios, ask questions, make their own art and discover something new – all for free.

New additions to the opportunities for artists in 2019 include a Six Year Studio Award, offering high-quality workspaces for six years to two exceptional visual artists and, a significant new three-month international residency award with the renowned International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, New York.

The 2019 Exhibition Programme features four solo exhibitions, including new work by two international artists: Tai Shani, whose epic installation Dark Continent: Semiramis was a highlight of Glasgow International 2018 and, Pilvi Takala, one of the most successful of a new generation of artists from Finland.

Irish professionals exhibiting in solo exhibitions are Aileen Murphy, based in Berlin, and Ronan McCrea – currently a TBG+S Studio Member. A group exhibition featuring Aleana Egan, Miranda Blennerhassett, Tanad Williams and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, titled ‘staring forms’, begins from an exploration of texts to consider space, site, materiality, and encounters that interact with memory. A thematic unfolding across the Exhibition Programme is loosely framed around ideas of body and material, excess and control, nature outside and nature within – the internal dream and the external reality.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin, a poet from North West Donegal, described as ‘one of the most mesmerising to emerge in recent years’, is TBG+S’ fifth commissioned writer who will respond to each of the exhibitions, offering an alternative form of writing on art.

Home to Ireland’s only book fair, TBG+S will present the 9th edition of the Dublin Art Book Fair in November 2019, sponsored by Henry J Lyons. Focusing on art, architecture, design, and visual culture, the Fair will present selection of books and publications from leading Irish and international independent publishers, limited editions and more unusual and difficult-to-find texts, as well as an expanded programme of curated events and commissioned artworks.

Throughout the year, a rich programme of free public events provide visitors with many opportunities to connect with Irish and international artists and their work. The support of Central Bank of Ireland enables TBG+S to develop their visual arts education programme in schools titled ‘Creative Generations’. As part of it, children will visit the TBG+S gallery and explore and respond to the exhibition on show.

Speaking at the launch, Mark O’Kelly said “I am delighted to launch the 2019 Programme as TBG+S is an organisation that really does place artists and art at the heart of the City.”

The full programme of events is available from here.

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