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Pallas Projects/Studios

Founded  1996
Location 115–117 The Coombe Dublin 8 Ireland D08 A970

Pallas Projects/Studios (founded 1996) is a not-for-profit artist-run organisation dedicated to the facilitation of artistic production and discourse, via the provision of affordable artists studios in Dublin’s city centre, and curated projects. PP/S addresses the necessity of providing space for artistic production and exhibition, and foregrounds the role of the project as a constant agent of discourse and transformation. Indeed, Pallas Projects is an umbrella label for a variety of spaces, exchanges, off-site projects, exhibitions, talks, resource programmes, research and publications conceived of and put into practice over a 20-year period. 1


Pallas Projects collaborates with artists, curators and writers to engage and develop current Irish contemporary art, through solo projects by Irish and international artists, alongside occasional thematic group exhibitions, and initiated exchanges with artists’ groups around Ireland and abroad. The ongoing project, with collaborators numbering well into the hundreds, has included exhibitions/performances by Sarah Browne & Gareth Kennedy, Nina Canell & Robin Watkins, Manon De Boer, Brendan Earley, Clodagh Emoe, Alicia Frankovich, Martin Healy, Jesse Jones, Gereon Krebber, Niamh McCann, Nathaniel Mellors, Garrett Phelan, John Smith, Stephanie Syjuco, Hito Steyerl, and Mark Titchner.

PP/S is dedicated to providing a constant space for artistic production and exhibition in Dublin, via an alternative art methodology and DIY work ethic. With the backdrop of an unwillingness of developers to allow for the provision of a long-term cultural aspect to the regeneration of city-centre areas throughout the boom years, PP/S has been searching, inhabiting, and fighting to maintain as many as eight semi-permanent locations since 1996, and many more temporary offsite exhibition/project scenarios. These have included a four-year exhibition programme in a semi-derelict block of council flats, a white cube space in a former milking parlour, and collaborative projects with/in Limerick City Gallery of Art; NCAD Gallery; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Dublin Docklands; Fire Station Artists’ Studios; The Red Stables; The Model, Sligo; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; 126, Galway; The Black Mariah, Cork; Project 304, Bangkok; Sub-Urban Video Lounge, Rotterdam; Auto Italia South East, London; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. A stubborn willingness to adapt and transform has enabled the project to both maintain and change, providing a fluid continuity within a difficult context.

Now relocated to a long–term studio & project space in The Coombe. Our new complex is an open space dedicated to the making and showing of visual art to our peers as well as a wide and diverse audience: via exhibitions, talks and tours, all are welcome and encouraged to engage with our programme of contemporary art and artist­-led practices.2

Pallas Studios had an arrangement to use Dublin City Council flats in Sean Treacy House from 2003 to 2007 as studios and gallery space prior to demolition. They had studios in Foley Street during this time but the landlord terminated their lease as the site was earmarked for development which subsequently didn’t happen. They then moved to two sites in Grangegorman from 2007 to 2010. In 2010 they moved their gallery/project space to Dominick Street for a year before their lease was terminated. In 2012 they opened in the Coombe where they have a ten year lease with a private landlord. While their situation has always been precarious they avoided being wiped out by having more than one space at a time. 3 4


Selected exhibitions

  • 2022, Super Gairdín, Cóilín O’Connell and Michelle Doyle
  • 2022, Interregnum, Rocío Romero Grau
  • 2022, Karvansarai کاروانسرای, Art Nomads
  • 2022, The Marian Year
  • 2022, Exquisite Moving Corpse Screening
  • 2022, Qaleidoscope, Queer Film and Performance on Tour
  • 2022, Deliverables, Alex Keatinge, Bronagh Gallagher, Dáire McEvoy, Ellen O’Connor, Lorcan McGeough and Olivia Normile.
  • 2022, Contraindications of the Cross, Day Magee
  • 2022, Return to Disintegration—Periodical Review 11, Tanad Aaron & Mark Swords, Ella Bertilsson, Helen Blake, Bog Cottage Collective, Jenny Brady, Amanda Coogan, crux.project, Ailbhe Cunningham & Aoife Desmond, Joy Gerrard, Emma Wolf-Haugh, Barbara Knežević, Orla McHardy, Dennis McNulty, Jennie Moran/Home Bodies, Ciaran O’Keefe, Alice Rekab & Louise Meade, Sheila Rennick, Eimear Walshe, Frank Wasser, Fiona Whelan, Brokentalkers and Rialto Youth Project. Essay by Laurence Counihan
  • 2021, These Dark Shapes, Róisín White
  • 2021, Juncture: a place where things join, Louise Dolan, Dáire Mc Evoy, Méabh Hennelly, Viktorija Kacanauskaite, Steffi Kelly, Shane McInerney, Michaela Nash, Grace O’Boyle, Jonathan O’Grady, Natalie Pullen, and Vera Ryklova.
  • 2021, In the making: High Heart—IADT Degree Year Students 2021
  • 2021, Periodical Review X, Aideen Barry, David Beattie, Sarah Browne & Jesse Jones, Ursula Burke, Brian Duggan, Amanda Dunsmore, Clodagh Emoe, Angela Fulcher, The Healers, Elaine Hoey, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Barbara Knezevic, Eleanor McCaughey, Ronan McCrea, William McKeown, Niamh O’Malley, Fiona Reilly, Richard Proffitt, Radio Joinery, John Rainey.
  • 2020, S A B O T A G E II : The Aftermath—PhyloCode
  • 2020, New Irish Video at HDLU, Zagreb, Bassam Al-Sabah, Anne Maree Barry, Laura Fitzgerald, Ann Maria Healy, 1iing Heaney, Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske
  • 2020, The Thin Veil,  Jane Cassidy
  • 2020, In the making—IADT Degree year students 2020, Stephen Benzies, Sarah Bogard, Kristina Bukhtanova, James Burke, Louise Byrne, Ódhran Cadwell, Tricia Carr, Grace Collins, Gemma Connor, Amy Downes, Amber Ferguson, Lana May Fleming, Frances Hennigan, Ella Jepson, Conor Kelly, Jen Kerins, Aliesha Kirwan, Annie Laing, Derek Lawlor, Rory Malone, Ruth Mathews, Matthew McCormick- groves, Ellen McDaid, Ciara McGoldrick, Chloe McKeown, Tilly Morris, Emma Mohan O’Grady, Dianne Murphy, Amy Ní Mhurchú, Gary O’Reilly, Luke van Gelderen.
  • 202o, Periodical Review #9, …and the days run away like wild horses over the hills, Lucy Andrews, John Conway, Colin Crotty, Dorje de Burgh, Laura Fitzgerald, Graeve Collection, Helen Hughes, KCAT Studio/Diana Chambers and Sinead Keogh, Alex Keatinge, Helio León, Ruth E Lyons, Marielle MacLeman, Jennifer Mehigan, Ciarán Murphy, Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland, Liliane Puthod, RGKS Cribs/Eithne Jordan, Sven Sandberg, Aoife Shanahan, Katie Watchorn.
  • 2019, small night zine—ARRANGEMENTS, Bassam Al-Sabah, Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske, Susan Buttner, Dorje De Burgh, Stephen Dunne, *Lily Cahill & David Fagan, Child Naming Ceremony, *Jessica Conway & Catherine Barragry, *Laura Fitzgerald & Katharine Barrington, Damien Flood, Michelle Hall, Austin Hearne, Ann Maria Healy, Sinead Keogh, Mollie Anna King, *Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson aka Terminal Beach (invited by Katherine Waugh), Jonathan Mayhew, Angela McDonagh, Glenn McQuaid, Celina Muldoon, Frances O’Dwyer
    *Alan Phelan & Philipp Gufler, Liliane Puthod, Chris Steenson, Frank Wasser, *Lee Welch & Paul Hallahan
  • 2019, The wind steals music & brings it to me, Jonathan Mayhew
  • 2019, The Queeratorial, Becks Butler, Andrej Getman, Jordan Hearns, Ciarán O’Keeffe, Day Magee, Maïa Nunes, Lu Saborío, Jack Scollard, Hannah Tiernan, curated by Aoife Banks.
  • 2019, Irish Art Now: Contemporary Art Auction in support of Pallas Projects/Studios in association with Whyte’s and The Irish Georgian Society.
  • 2019, In the making—IADT Degree year students 2019
  • 2019, Periodical Review #8, Bassam Al-Sabah, Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, Basic Talks, Megan Burns, Susan Buttner, Sophie Daly, Robert Dunne, Marie Farrington, Austin Hearne, Sam Keogh, Stephen Loughman, Brian Maguire, Dennis McNulty, Celina Muldoon, Ciara O’Neill, Fiona Reilly, Sean O’Rourke, Seoidín O’Sullivan, Cliodhna Timoney, Lee Welch. Selected by James Merrigan, Aisling Prior, Mark Cullen & Gavin Murphy.
  1. “About” Pallas Projects
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