Curators in Residence
July 3 – July 16, 2017
MART is an artist-led, not for profit arts organization founded in 2007 by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan. With the help of a skilled team, their mission is to provide creative art studios and promote contemporary art through an engaging curatorial program.
Gallery & Curation
Nevin & Scanlan have curated over 100 artists through previous exhibitions, events, festivals and art fairs across Ireland, UK, Europe, USA & Japan. In 2012, the pair embarked on a 16-month journey to transform the old Rathmines Fire Station, launching two galleries in 2013 as a new home for contemporary art in Ireland. MART primarily supports sculpture, video, new media, installation and performance, art making practices that break new ground, that test and stretch the material and immaterial, and challenge conventions of ‘the norm’. In 2016, they signed on eight Artists to be represented by The MART Gallery in a first for the organization. MART’s 2017 program is fully curated by Nevin & Scanlan with thanks to The Irish Arts Council.
MART is the largest supplier of independent, affordable space for the arts, cultural and creative community in Dublin city. They operate on a not for profit basis, meaning that all profits raised from studio rentals are in-invested back into their mission to develop and promote contemporary art. MART now supports over 120 members in eight studio buildings across Dublin. Check out their studios info pack.
In the past, MART has run successful platforms for the showcase of contemporary art through their Hired Gallery Program, Residency Space, Online Gallery, Project Space, and MARTExperiments. Check out their latest booklet and other publications.
Matthew Nevin is an Art Director, Designer, Curator and Visual Artist working in Ireland, UK and the US. Matthew completed a Degree in Film & TV and Scenography from UWA in 2006 and a Masters in Art in the Contemporary World from NCAD in 2013.
Lives and Works in Dublin (IRL). Ciara Scanlan works primarily in video, performance and web-based media. Scanlan is interested in the ever-present force of the mass media and its ability to both unify and segregate society. As an artist and protagonist, she feels it is her role is to upset the status quo. She has previously exhibited at Dublin Contemporary 2011, Galway Arts Festival, Shunt in London, Entrée in Norway and the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin.