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Monday to Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm. We are currently closed on Sundays. Bookings are not necessary.

The LAB Gallery
Foley Street, Dublin 1

+353 1 222 5455

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Join us this Saturday 23rd June 2018 for the Monto Cruinniú & Monto Picnic. FREE WORKSHOPS, INTERACTIVE PLAY & ART TOURS @ The LAB, Foley Street.

The annual Monto Picnic joins forces with Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg cultural day for young people.
From 11am - 6pm visit Liberty Park and surrounding venues for the following:

To book, click the links below

11am - 12pm Hip Hop workshop with Tobi Balogun (9 - 12 years) Capacity 20

12pm -1pm Singing workshop with Sarah Louisa Nolan (9- 12 years) Capacity 25

1pm - 2pm Drama workshop with Suzanne Brennan (5 - 8 years) Capacity 25

2pm - 3pm Jazz workshop (13 - 15 years) Capacity 20

4pm - 5pm Drama workshop with Suzanne Brennan (9 - 12 years) Capacity 20

5pm - 6pm Ballet workshop with Suzanne Lyons (9 - 12 years) Capacity 10

Workshop - requirements for parents / guardians

A parent / guardian must accompany the child into the building in order to register their child.

A parent / guardian must sign an image and audio release form if you would like your child to participate in the workshop. 

Click on the MAP for directions

MONTO Arts: Our four Visual Art Spaces are proud to be located in the Monto and this picnic invites our neighbours and friends to come together to showcase this hub of artistic activity. Join our tour of galleries and studios, bring a picnic and enjoy lunchtime music in the park or fnd out more about the history of the area.

The Monto Print ‘n’Run Thas been organised and produced by Fire Station Artists’ Studios and Oonagh Young Gallery working with students from The Central Model Senior School (Marlborough Street, Dublin 1) and NCCCAP (North Centre City Community Action Project).






Five contemporary art galleries and artists’ studios can now be found in the new cultural hub of Dublin’s historic Monto quarter. ArtBox, The LAB Gallery - Dublin City Council's Arts office, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Oonagh Young Gallery and Talbot Gallery & Studios.

These five organisations are coming together under the name MONTO, in celebration of the area’s rebirth as a hive of artistic invention, and to work together offering tours of the art spaces and other activities.

Working cooperatively with the area office, Dublintown and, most importantly, local residents, these new ‘culture-led’ initiatives are possible because of this cluster of cultural organisations.

The five 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 artists with living and working spaces for over twenty years.

Talbot Gallery and Studios, as its name suggests, offers studio and exhibition space for recent graduates and emerging artists working in all visual art disciplines.

The LAB celebrated its tenth birthday in 2015 and was established by Dublin Council as a municipal arts hub for a range of art forms, supporting emerging art practices and developing audiences for the visual arts with a gallery that is open to the public seven days a week. The gallery supports artists at critical points in the development of their practice working with emerging artists or supporting more established artists to take risks.

Oonagh Young Gallery, established in 2008, has exhibited and sold work by Irish and international artists at various stages of their careers. Their programme includes a variety of multidisciplinary activities, including performance, the publication of a comic and publishing.

Newest to the MONTO area, and a next-door neighbour to Oonagh Young Gallery, is ArtBox, a gallery exhibiting and selling contemporary art that has already established quite a following since it opened its doors.


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 colleges and universities.

ArtBox is supported by Dublin City Council under the Vacant Spaces Scheme. <link to Vacant Spaces Toolkit>
3 James Joyce Street, Dublin 1
Open Thurs-Sat 11am-5pm and by appointment

Fire Station Artists’ Studios

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.
9-12 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1
The Fire Station is not normally open to the public

The LAB Gallery

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.
Foley Street, Dublin 1
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat & Sun 10am-5pm / First Thursday of every month until 8pm

Oonagh Young Gallery

Oonagh Young Gallery, established in 2008, features curated exhibitions of Irish and international artists at various stages in their career. The gallery works toward establishing a new balance between a commercial and project space by combining a content-based contextual approach characteristic of public institutions with selective engagements that form part of commercial gallery practice.
1 James Joyce Street, Liberty Corner, Dublin 1
Open Weds–Fri 10am–6pm

Talbot Gallery & Studios

Talbot Gallery & Studios provides for recent graduates and emerging artists working in all visual art disciplines with affordable studios, exhibition opportunities and the resources that they need to sustain a professional art practice.
51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1


Previous Monto Picnic - 2017

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