5 must-see Dublin art galleries in Dublin
1) Kerlin Gallery
Dublin may not have the money and pulling power of New York, Paris or London but there are still some intimate and beautifully curated contemporary art galleries worth seeking out. The exhibitions calendar of Kerlin is very rich and culturally diverse, featuring the abstract, the colourful, the beautiful, the bold and the bizarre.
2) Molesworth Gallery
Much like the Kerlin Gallery, the Molesworth Gallery is a very exciting space. It is constantly challenging visitors to rethink how they look at art and interact with it, as recent exhibitions by Michael Beirne, Martin Redmond and Helen Blake can attest to. There are eight solo and two curated group exhibitions here annually.
3) Douglas Hyde Gallery
The Douglas Hyde Gallery was named after the first president of Ireland and usually hosts two artists at any one time; the bigger name in the large open Gallery 1 and another smaller exhibit in Gallery 2 (outsider art, photography, textiles). There’s also a number of publications on sale.
4) Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Featuring installations and performance art as well as sculpture and video, the Temple Bar Gallery works hand in hand with Artists Studios. It’s a really interesting and engaging concept and it puts you right into the heart of the artist’s community here in Dublin. Past exhibitions included Declan Clarke, Amie Siegel and Barbara Knezevic.
5) Jorgensen Gallery
Established in 1992 by fashion designer Ib Jorgensen, this is a great little Dublin treasure specialising in Irish, English and European art. Even if you can’t afford anything, there are some beautiful pieces here you’ll find worth investigating; the Jorgensen Gallery represents quite a wide variety of artists, paintings and antiques and therefore has a broad appeal.
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