Dublin City Arts Office
The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1

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14 July 2016 10am - 3pm

MONTO - Celebrating art in Dublin city centre

10am - Tai Chi with Dance Ireland

11am - Tour of the galleries & studios in the Monto starting at the LAB

12 - 2pm - Music from Irish bands selected by First Music Contact

2pm - History tour of the Monto with local historian Terry Fagan 

Five contemporary art galleries and artists’ studios can now be found in the new cultural hub of Dublin’s historic Monto quarter in Dublin 1.  ArtBox, The LAB Gallery - Dublin City Council's Arts office, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Oonagh Young Gallery and Talbot Gallery & Studios all reside in 500m2 area, bounded by Talbot, Foley and James Joyce Streets. Calling themselves the MONTO Arts group, this group of studios, galleries, residency and workspace providers, educators and cultural producers, have come together to power change in Dublin 1 through visual art and design. Collectively, the MONTO art groups supports artists to make work offering studios, advice, commissioning, exhibitions, facilities  in the Monto, as well as working with children and adults in our neighbourhood to support looking and thinking about art.  MONTO art group aims to make art more visible in the local neighbourhood and in the city for residents and visitors.

In 2015 in celebration of the area’s rebirth as a hive of artistic invention, these 5 organisations began to work together, offering tours of art spaces and various collaborations, culminating in a very successful MONTO Picnic in the local park.  For 2016, MONTO’s 2nd picnic in Liberty Park takes place on Wednesday July 14th (11 – 3pm) celebrating what the 21st century MONTO has to offer, with music, arts exhibitions, art tours and a historical walk through the old Monto quarter.

These five MONTO partners offer unique identities and activities within the contemporary art sphere, with artists from Ireland and abroad living, creating, exhibiting and selling their work all within this small area. Fire Station Artists’ Studios has been providing Irish and international artists with living and working spaces for over twenty years. Talbot Gallery and Studios offer studio and exhibition space for recent graduates and emerging artists working in all visual art disciplines. The LAB, is Dublin City Council’s municipal arts hub and supports a range of art forms, with a gallery that is open to the public seven days a week.  The Oonagh Young Gallery, established in 2008, exhibits and sells work by Irish and international artists at various stages of their career. Newest on the block and next door neighbour to Oonagh Young is ArtBox, now with quite a following in the 18 months since its doors opened, specialising in exhibition and sale of contemporary art.

On Thursday 14 July, from 11am, visitors will be welcomed to the MONTO Picnic in Liberty Park, Foley Street, Dublin 1 on Thursday 14th July to discover what the area has to offer - to tour the exhibitions in the galleries, see artists in their workshops. To kick start the day MONTO is delighted to have MONTO local Dance House/ Dance Ireland host a free Tai Chi class in the park at 10am. This will be followed by a guided tour of the 5 local arts venues at 11am leaving from Connolly Station. The picnic itself runs from 12- 2 pm and includes live music in the park, an installation of visual artist Rita Duffy’s The Souvenir Shop curated by Helen Carey as part of Arts Council’s 2016 Centenary Programme, a sneak preview of artist Vanessa Donoso Lopez’s 2016 LAB exhibition, as well as activities for children with artist Seoidín O'Sullivan, in collaboration with DCC Arts office,  Kids Inc and Dublin Adult Learning Centre.  The picnic finishes with local historian Terry Fagan with his walking tour of this fascinating and historic Monto quarter (2-3pm). The MONTO Picnic is supported by Dublin City Council in addition to the MONTO arts group.

For media information please contact: Dairne O Sullivan:  Email: dairnemosullivan@gmail.com Email: montoartsgroup@gmail.com     Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/montoartsgroup    Twitter:  @MontoArtsGroup #MONTO on Twitter



ArtBox is a contemporary art gallery in Dublin city centre. The gallery functions as an incubation space to analyse levels of engagement and possible cross-over points between contemporary Irish art and courses currently available in Universities. ArtBox is supported by Dublin City Council under the Vacant Spaces Scheme. Current exhibition:

Address:               3 James Joyce Street, Dublin 1

Open:                    Thurs-Sat 11am-5pm and by appointment

Web:                     https://artboxprojects.wordpress.com/

Facebook:             https://www.facebook.com/ArtBoxprojects

Twitter:                  @ArtBoxProjects


Fire Station Artists’ Studios supports professional visual artists to live and make art. It provides combined live /work studios, sculpture workshop and digital media facilities, professional development workshops, awards, international exchanges and an international curator in residence programme. 

Address:                9-12 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1

NB The Fire Station is not normally open to the public

Web:                       http://www.firestation.ie/

Facebook:               https://www.facebook.com/FireStationArtistsStudios

Twitter:                    @FSArtistStudios


The LAB Gallery 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 focuses on fresh ways to develop engaged audiences for the visual arts. In addition to Dublin City Council, the LAB Gallery is supported by the Arts Council.  We commission new writing with every exhibition and offer free workshops and talks for all ages. Current Exhibition:

Address:                Foley Street, Dublin 1

Open:                    Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat & Sun 10am-5pm.

First Thursday of every month until 8.00pm

Web:                      http://www.thelab.ie/

Facebook:              https://www.facebook.com/thelabgallerydublin

Twitter:                   @LabDCC


Oonagh Young Gallery, established in 2008, has exhibited and sold Irish and international artists at various stages of their career. Her programme includes a variety of multidisciplinary activities including performance, music, publications and collaborations with organisations such as the award winning ANU productions. Her current exhibition is the Suki Tea Art Prize and features works by the finalists, Clodagh Emoe, Michael Hanna, Vera Klute, Elaine Leader, and prize winner Colin Darke. The shortlisted artists were selected by Sarah Glennie (IMMA), Patrick Murphy (RHA), Peter Richards (Golden Thread Gallery and Oonagh Young (Oonagh Young Gallery) from over 200 submissions.

Address:              1 James Joyce Street, Liberty Corner, Dublin 1

Open:                   Weds–Fri 10am–6pm

Web:                     http://oonaghyoung.com/

Twitter:                  @Oonagh Gallery


Talbot Gallery & Studios provides for recent graduates and emerging artists working in all visual art disciplines with affordable studios, exhibition opportunities and the resources which they need to sustain a professional art practice. Current exhibition:

Address:              51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1

Open:                   See website for exhibition programme

Web:                    http://www.talbotgallery.com/

Facebook:            https://www.facebook.com/TalbotGalleryandStudios

Twitter:                 @Talbot gallery

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