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Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is Dublin City’s leading artist studio complex and contemporary art gallery.

Founded in 1983, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) supports the development of artists and the creation of art. In its 34 year history, the 30 studios provide excellent working conditions, with over 500 artists benefiting to date. TBG+S presents cutting-edge contemporary art exhibitions and unique events connecting audiences with art and artists.

The Studios
The studios provide excellent workspaces and a vital place for Irish and international artists to work in Dublin City Centre. The work produced in the studios often goes on to be exhibited both in Ireland and abroad. Artists are selected through three open calls annually. The studios are categorised as follows:

  • Membership Studios offer a three year tenure to artists who are at a developed stage in their careers. 
  • Project Studios offer a one year tenure to artists at an earlier point in their career. 

The Recent Graduate Residency awards a free studio for one year, a €1,000 stipend, €500 international travel bursary and institutional supports to an artist who has graduated from a Fine Art BA in the past three years. The HIAP/TBG+S International Residency Exchange allows one Finnish artist to live and work in Dublin for a period of two months and supports an Irish artist to spend six weeks in residency at HIAP, in a live/work studio on the island of Suomenlinna in Helsinki.

The Masterclass Series invites visiting international artists to participate in public talks and a series of sessions which engage with TBG+S Studio Artists on a one-to-one basis. The Atrium Space provides a project space for current TBG+S studio artists to exhibit their work, creating an active space outside of the studio to exhibit finished work or work in progress to the public. A programme of studio visits from Irish and international curators helps to develop studio artists’ practices at TBG+S.

The Gallery
The gallery presents five innovative contemporary art exhibitions each year. Irish and international artists are invited to exhibit and given a platform at pivotal points in their careers. Exhibiting at TBG+S marks a cornerstone in the career path of visual artists. Artists are selected through comprehensive research and studio visits by the Programme Curator in conjunction with the Director. A Curatorial Panel provides a discursive platform inputting into the ethos of the programme.

The TBG+S Writing Commission aims to expand ideas around writing about art by inviting Irish authors to create a series of pieces inspired by the exhibitions at TBG+S.
TBG+S is home to the Dublin Art Book Fair, Ireland’s only book fair dedicated to the visual arts. The Fair features the most recent publications from over forty top Irish and international art book publishers as well as artists’ books, including one-off and limited edition works and a carefully curated programme of events.

Learning + Public Engagement Programme
The Learning + Public Engagement Programme offers free events, such as artist and curator talks, exhibition tours, studio exhibitions and workshops, which support quality encounters with art and art practice.
Creative Generations and Five Ways to Make a Sculpture, sponsored by Central Bank of Ireland, brings quality visual arts education to children in Dublin inner city schools. The education programme is centred around artist residencies in schools, where TBG+S studio artists work collaboratively with children to create their own artwork.

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