Pallas Projects/Studios is a programming and resource organisation dedicated to the facilitation of artistic production and discourse, via the provision of affordable artists studios in the city centre, and a curated exhibition programme. 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 and publications conceived of and put into practice over a seventeen-year period.
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 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 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.
The ADF is a catalyst for empowering disabled people who are interested in the arts.
It promotes artistic excellence and equity of access to arts and culture.
It is the only NI organisation representing the interests of disabled artists.
Castletown is Ireland’s largest and earliest Palladian style house. Built between 1722 and 1729 for William Conolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland. The façade was almost certainly designed by the Italian architect, Alessandro Galilei, while the Irish architect Sir Edward Lovett Pearce added the wings.
The house remained in the hands of the Speaker’s descendants until 1965 when the house was purchased by a property developer Major Wilson. Fortunately the house was saved in 1967 when along with 120 acres of the demesne lands it was purchased by the Hon. Desmond Guinness, founder of the Irish Georgian Society for £93,000. The house was opened to the public in the same year and restoration work began, funded by the Irish Georgian Society and private benefactors. In 1979 care of the house passed to the Castletown Foundation, a charitable trust which was established to own, maintain and to continue the restoration of the house. In 1994 the house with the exception of the contents, was transferred to State care and it is now managed by the Office of Public Works. The transfer to State ownership has paved the way for a major programme of restoration and conservation work of the house and demesne lands. Through restoration, conservation, acquisition of parkland and development of visitor facilities, the long term objective is to preserve for future generations one of the most important houses in Ireland and one of significance in terms of European architectural heritage.
How to get to Castletown House
The house is located 20km from Dublin off the N4/M4 Sligo Road
From the M4, take exit 6 (R449 Celbridge West/Leixlip West Exit)
From the N7, take exit 4, Rathcoole, following R120 to Newcastle and R405 to Celbridge.
Please note that cars/ buses access is from the above entrance as the avenue from Celbridge is for pedestrian/bicycle access only. There is free parking for cars and coaches from Exit 6 off the M4 at Celbridge West.
GPS/SAT NAV Location: Latitude 53.355 and Longitude -6.53
Pedestrians can get the 67 bus from Merrion Square in the centre of Dublin to Celbridge main street and walk (approx. 15mins) along the historical lime avenue to the House through the parklands.
Please refer to Dublin Bus for bus times.
Castletown House is open to the general public 10 am to 6pm (last admission to the house is at 4.45pm), Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from the 15th March until the 31st of October 2013
Luan Gallery is a purpose built modern facility incorporating the old building, sympathetically restored, with a modern glass section over a boardwalk area. It will cater primarily but not exclusively for the visual arts, with an emphasis on meeting local audience needs in terms of art exhibitions and engagement. It will also target national/international projects.
Luan Gallery and the Abbey Road Artists’ Studios will work closely together, in particular in regard to educational initiatives.
FLOOD is a project curated by Paul McAree. FLOOD is based at the James Joyce Street location until May 2013, during which time it will present 3 exhibitions. Previous projects include a commissioned publication by artist Kevin Atherton, and projects with Theresa Nanigian, Terry Atkinson, and Flávia Müller Medeiros.
Dublin’s only folk-art studio. Biddy McLaughlin, Ireland’s leading folk artist, is in residence in this unique little gallery, one of the oldest traditional seaside cottages in Dalkey.
Chocolate Factory is a new creative community developing in the old Williams & Woods building in Dublin on Kings Inn Street.
The first concrete building in the city is being rejuvenated to become a creative hub comprising of creative spaces for design, art, music, dance, photography and many other creative areas for creative people to become a part of the Chocolate Factory Community.
Along with these spaces The Chocolate Factory will house a world class hostel, a cosy but urban cafe and restaurant, an active art gallery and a venue space for events and hire.
We are currently in the first phase of development with a number of resident creatives already setting up their spaces and focus is now on the cafe and gallery space.
If you are a creative individual or business and are looking for a studio space or are looking for a trendy city centre event location or gallery space for an exhibition and want to be part of the next big thing in Dublin let us know here