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The Lab and Dublin City Arts Office Logos

Founded  2005
Location 1 Foley, St Dublin 1, D01 WA07

The LAB was established by Dublin City Council in 2005 as a municipal arts hub, housing gallery, rehearsal and incubation spaces for a range of art forms. The LAB Gallery supports emerging art practices and delivers a year round programme of free events for all ages.  In addition to Dublin City Council, the LAB Gallery is supported by the Arts Council.



Exhibitions are selected from proposals and by direct invitation usually eighteen months in advance. They actively encourage collaboration across art forms and work with artists who are motivated by a strong line of enquiry.  In line with the Dublin City Council Arts Plan, their focus is on working with artists at critical points in the development of their practice, providing a first solo show or an opportunity for a more established artist to try out something new for example.  Artists such as Vera Klute, Lee Welch and Bea McMahon had their first solo shows at the LAB. They also commission new writing with every exhibition and develop carefully curated events and education programmes to provide spaces to look closer, share, enjoy, play, chat, experiment and critically debate art and the ideas inherent in the exhibitions.



Books by organisation featuring photography

  • 2021 Speaking of Which Produced by Sarah Searson, Director The Dock. Coordinated by Laura Mahon, Visual Arts & Education Manager The Dock. Co-produced by Sheena Barrett, Curator at The LAB Gallery
  • 2015 Welcome Disturbances, published by Parity Studios
  • 2011 Quantified Self


Selected exhibitions

  • 2017, trying to behave, Theresa Nanigian, Solo Exhibition 
  • 2018, Kinetics in Blue, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Solo Exhibition
  • 2016, John Beattie, Solo Exhibition
  • 2009, The Artist, The Studio an The Audience, John Beattie, Solo Exhibition

External links & References

  1. “The Lab” Dublin City Arts Office
  2. “The Lab” Dublin City Arts Office