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

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Special events programme at the LAB gallery including talks, workshops, gallery previews and more

Rhizomatic - International Women’s Day

08 March - 08 March 2024 6.30pm - 6.50pm

Friday 8th March 2024, 6.30pm – 6.50pm. Location: The CUBE gallery in The LAB.


Walk and Talk with Endlessnessnessness artists and Aideen Barry

06 March - 06 March 2024 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Wednesday 6th March 2024, 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Location: The LAB Gallery 


One Day Live Drawing Performance by Alastair MacLennan and Marie Phelan

12 January - 12 January 2024

Friday 12th January 2024, 11am – 3pm. Location: The CUBE gallery in The LAB.


HOLDING ON lightly, In-Conversation with Elaine Grainger and Laura Ní Fhlaibhín

30 November 2023


In-Conversation about Shahid شاهد  with artists Basil Al-Rawi, Diaa Lagan and Viviana Checchia

27 November 2023


Introduction to the History of Arabic Calligraphy Workshop, Facilitated by Artist Diaa Lagan

04 November - 04 November 2023 11:00 - 13:00

Participants will be introduced to the practice of calligraphy, through its different scripts, and to the concept of decorative writing. They will learn how to pronounce some of the Arabic letters, and be invited to practice the techniques of forming letters and shaping a calligraphic design using a bamboo quill and tracing paper, then tracing a calligraphy design.

All materials will be provided for the workshop on the day.



22 September 2023

4.30PM - 8 PM

Join us this Culture Night 2023 at The LAB Gallery for an exciting evening with artists Diaa Lagan and Elaine Grainger.


4.30pm / 5.30pm / 6.30pm 
Exhibition Walkthrough - Diaa Lagan and Elaine Grainger
Tickets are free and can be booked for any of the three tours here:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/culture-night-tours-of-exhibitions-at-the-lab-gallery-tickets-696501293117

Join visual artists Diaa Lagan and Elaine Grainger, as they take you on an exhibition walkthrough of our latest exhibitions Shahid and HOLDING ON lightly. 

Shahid  is a collaborative mixed-media exhibition by artists Basil Al-Rawi and Diaa Lagan addressing themes of displacement, migration, identity and memory.

HOLDING ON lightly is an exhibition in the Cube space by Elaine Grainger, in which the artist will slowly transform the exhibition space, with a series of movements of objects and materials. For Culture Night, the audience will have the opportunity to experience the alteration of the space by the artist.  

The gallery is open all day from 10am and will remain open until 8pm.


Critical Conversation -  Book Launches and Panel Discussion

13 April 2023 5.30 - 7

Common Ground, Create and The LAB are pleased to host a Critical Conversation event and the publication launch of  ‘O To Have a Little House’ & ‘How Much is Enough?’ on Thursday April 13th at 5.30pm sharp to 7pm in the LAB. 


This Critical Conversation event celebrates and marks the launch of two publications; artist Michelle Malone’s O To Have a Little House and artist Kate O’Shea’s How Much is Enough? which traces Kate’s Just City residency 2020 -2022. 


Kate and Michelle will be in conversation with community worker and sociologist John Bissett who has recently published, It’s Not Where you Live, It’s How You Live: Class and Gender struggles in a Dublin Estate.   At the heart of this conversation, is the connection between the materiality of their combined writing, their critical reflection, art and activist practices.  Chaired by Common Ground, they will explore their personal and public connections to social housing in Dublin 8 and the changing landscape of the city.  


The evening will also include readings from Michelle of a poem co-written with her father and music from The Peoples Shed, artist Evelyn Broderick. 


O TO HAVE A LITTLE HOUSE was published in 2022 by the Lab Gallery to accompany Michelle Malone’s solo exhibition at The LAB Gallery in 2022. The publication identifies how Michelle’s work is rooted in a desire to materially explore working class histories through personal experience. The exhibition considered her childhood experience of home and most particularly her grandmother’s house, having moved from flat 1A in Fatima Mansions to new social housing in the suburbs.  The publication seeks to capture some of Michelle’s research including the poem which inspired the title of the show by Pádraic Colum, a new poem responding to the show by Michelle and her father, an essay by Michelle expanding on her treatment of materials and a series of installation photographs from the exhibition at the LAB by Louis Haugh.  The publication offers additional opportunities for readers to explore Michelle’s artistic practice in diverse rooms, from the domestic to the academic, and hold space for important discussions centred on personal histories and experiences of working class materiality in art. 


HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?  Kate O’Shea & the Just City Residency; Reflections on an embedded practice at the intersection of art and activism Published in 2023 this booklet by Common Ground, Create and Half Letter Press in Chicago, traces the richness and diversity of artist Kate O’Shea’s response to the Just City Counter Narrative Neighbourhood award 2020 - 2022. 


The residency located in studio 468, supported by Common Ground, was bolstered by a wide range of established community development organisations with a vibrant history of community-based cultural practice, which is explored in this publication. Featuring contributions from Dr Karen Till, Dr Krini Kafiris & Dr Eve Olney of The Radical Institute, and John Bissett, this publication provides a vital primer for the role of the artist in place at a critical juncture of social change and the conditions needed to support collaborative art practice.


THE PEOPLE’S SHED was established by Evelyn Broderick as a response to Common Ground’s initiative, A Radical Imagination.  It connects methodologies, pedagogies and brings people together where they make, assemble and exchange skills in studio 468 (2022 – 2023).  Acting as a space for sharing skills and knowledge, it explores ideas of how a community’s social fabric can be discussed, honoured and fostered through collective hand skills, making, and thinking.  The People's Shed draws threads from a long history of men's shed, women's spaces, music circles, hedge schools and different forms of alternative pedagogical spaces that have always existed.  https://evelynbroderick.com/


HALF LETTER PRESS is a publishing imprint and online store initiated by Temporary Services. Temporary Services is Brett Bloom & Marc Fischer.  They have published booklets as an element of their collaborative work since 1998. They build long-term support and expanded audiences for people that work creatively in experimental ways. Half Letter Press are particularly interested in supporting people and projects that have had difficulty finding financial and promotional assistance through mainstream commercial channels.


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. 

Common Ground is a celebrated locally based arts organisation in the heart of a historic and ever-changing area in the south west inner city of Dublin. It’s been working for nearly 23 years to ensure equal access to and participation in the arts in its immediate community, and in communities nationally.

Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts. Their work initiates cross-sectoral national and international partnerships which support artists and communities to co-create work of depth, ambition and excellence. Create believes that by working together, artists and communities can purposefully explore how collaborative arts engage in distinct, relevant and powerful ways with the urgent social, cultural and political issues of our times.



21 January - 21 January 2023 12-2

A public event focused on ecological art practice, featuring an artist discussion, refreshment and a lecture, in partnership with Force of Nature


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