Thursday 22 February 2018

Art gallery lights up vacant fire station

Sam Griffin

THE sounds of sirens at one old Dublin fire station have been replaced by contemplative silence.

The building at 190a on Lower Rathmines Road has been host to a variety of services in its 180-year history, including the civil defence as well as one of the capital's busiest fire stations, and even a library.

But for the past 25 years, it was home to several hundred pigeons after the building became vacant.

The old Georgian building has now been completely transformed and was last night officially opened as a not-for-profit art gallery.

The gallery, called the Mart, consists of two spaces and boasts eight state-of-the-art studios, which will all be available for artists to rent for €200.

Dublin's newest cultural outlet is the brainchild of Ciara Scanlon (31) and Matthew Nevin (29).

The two explained any money raised from studios will go back into the gallery.

Last night's opening showcased the 'Curb your Carrie Bradshawism' exhibition, which runs until September 8 and is free to the public.

Irish Independent

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