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JMK works on a piece ahead of the official opening of OUTVASION Ireland's first open air gallery atCrampton Court, Temple Bar,

JMK works on a piece ahead of the official opening of OUTVASION Ireland's first open air gallery atCrampton Court, Temple Bar,

JMK works on a piece ahead of the official opening of OUTVASION Ireland's first open air gallery atCrampton Court, Temple Bar,

Street artists created Dublin's first open air art gallery by turning a city backstreet into a painter's studio.

Artists whose names or monograms are known from colourful creations on walls in public places went into action at Crampton Court, a laneway in Temple Bar in Dublin, in front on an admiring public yesterday.

The 'Outvasion' event was spearheaded by the artist known as KEMP. He and other artists, known as ADW, JMK, MORGAN, and KIN MX, got busy creating street artworks in the laneway while a live band brought a festive atmosphere.

Stencils

The works created with brushes and stencils and spray cans will be hanging on display at Crampton Lane for the rest of August. Dublin-based artist KEMP came up with the idea so that the artists could have "a structured platform" to display their work.

KEMP believes that "instead of taking the art off the streets into a gallery environment, the aim is to take the gallery format and bring it out into the streets".

It is part of the 'Love The Lanes' joint initiative between the Temple Bar Company and Dublin City Council. Over the years, the laneways of the area have fallen into disuse and attracted anti-social behaviour.

The artistic event is part of a move to create projects that reanimate the lanes and encourage positive engagement and behaviour.

Anna Doran is one of the artists selected to transform the lane at Crampton Court with her tiled wall installation based on the theme of a 'Lovers' Lane'.

Anna told the Herald: "My idea was to create a sort of lovers' lane, with lots of bright colours and quotes about love on tiles along the wall. I used quotes from love songs and poems and I asked my friends for some quotes about love too."

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