Temple Bar Gallery + Studios was founded by Jenny Haughton (Founding Director) and a group of artists, who occupied and rented a disused shirt factory from Córas Iompair Éireann (CIE). The early 20th-century industrial building extended from Temple Bar to the Liffey Quays. Although the conditions were problematic and at times hazardous, this provided the springboard to establish studio spaces for artists. As well as studios the building housed an exhibition space, cafe, sculptor’s annex and a print studio – influencing the atmosphere of Temple Bar in the 1980’s and establishing the area’s reputation as a cultural hub. It contributed to the regeneration of Temple Bar as Dublin’s Cultural Quarter.
The establishment of Temple Bar Properties in August 1991 spurred the rejuvenation of the area. Group 91, a consortium of young visionary architects, won the competition for the Temple Bar Architectural Framework Plan. Temple Bar Gallery + Studios was recognised as a flagship project and it was one of the first cultural organisations rehoused by the Temple Bar Cultural Quarter regeneration.
The shirt factory building was extensively refurbished and custom-designed by leading Irish architects McCullough Mulvin. Thirty artists’ studios in a range of sizes (21m² to 70m²) over four floors were provided and the gallery at ground floor level was enlarged to twice its previous size. Essential consideration was given to maximising the daylight in the studios with floor to ceiling windows. Temple Bar Gallery + Studios reopened its refurbished building on 1st November 1994 with a Cultural Use Agreement and a fair rent clause in place with Temple Bar Properties.
Today, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is a thriving artists’ community in the centre of Dublin. Many of Ireland’s leading artists have worked in the studios and have exhibited in the gallery. Over its life-span, more than five hundred Irish and international artists have contributed to making the organisation a beacon in the story of visual arts into 21st century Ireland.
- 2020, Swinguerra, Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca
2019, Useless, Gerard Byrne, Solo Exhibition
- 2019, Ode to Ivan, Dragana Jurišić, Solo Exhibition
- 2019, When the idea is extinguished, Alan Phelan
- 2019, Efference Copy Mechanism, Ronan McCrea, Solo Exhibition
- 2017, Double Movement, Gavin Murphy
- 2017, Woodall, Hilary Lloyd
- 2017, Stoneymollan Trail, Charlotte Prodger
- 2016, Imitation of Life, Amie Siegel
- 2016, The Hopeless End of a Great Dream, Declan Clarke, Solo Exhibition
- 2015, Studies on Shivering, Damir Ocko
- 2014, The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview, Nathaniel Mellors
- 2014, The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream.,Jonathas de Andrade, Edgardo Aragon, Gavin Murphy, Lisa Tan
- 2013, False Memory Syndrome, Michael Boran, Sabina Mac Mahon, Alan Phelan, Sarah Pierce
- 2013, Starting Over, Alan Brooks, Gerard Byrne, Tacita Dean, Scott Myles
- 2012, Root, Bea McMahon
- 2007, 26 Sept – 27 Oct, Vigil, Paul Nuget, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios
- 2003, The Crowd Transfixed, Joy Gerrad, Studio 6
1998, People at Work, Group Exhibition