Pallas Projects/Studios (founded 1996) is a not-for-profit artist-run organisation dedicated to the facilitation of artistic production and discourse, via the provision of affordable artists studios in Dublin's city centre, and curated projects. PP/S addresses the necessity of providing space for artistic production and exhibition, and foregrounds the role of the project as a constant agent of discourse and transformation. Indeed, Pallas Projects is an umbrella label for a variety of spaces, exchanges, off-site projects, exhibitions, talks, resource programmes, research and publications conceived of and put into practice over a 20-year period.
Pallas Projects collaborates with artists, curators and writers to engage and develop current Irish contemporary art, through solo projects by Irish and international artists, alongside occasional thematic group exhibitions, and initiated exchanges with artists’ groups around Ireland and abroad. The ongoing project, with collaborators numbering well into the hundreds, has included exhibitions/performances by Sarah Browne & Gareth Kennedy, Nina Canell & Robin Watkins, Manon De Boer, Brendan Earley, Clodagh Emoe, Alicia Frankovich, Martin Healy, Jesse Jones, Gereon Krebber, Niamh McCann, Nathaniel Mellors, Garrett Phelan, John Smith, Stephanie Syjuco, Hito Steyerl, and Mark Titchner.
PP/S is dedicated to providing a constant space for artistic production and exhibition in Dublin, via an alternative art methodology and DIY work ethic. With the backdrop of an unwillingness of developers to allow for the provision of a long-term cultural aspect to the regeneration of city-centre areas throughout the boom years, PP/S has been searching, inhabiting, and fighting to maintain as many as eight semi-permanent locations since 1996, and many more temporary offsite exhibition/project scenarios. These have included a four-year exhibition programme in a semi-derelict block of council flats, a white cube space in a former milking parlour, and collaborative projects with/in Limerick City Gallery of Art; NCAD Gallery; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Dublin Docklands; Fire Station Artists’ Studios; The Red Stables; The Model, Sligo; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; 126, Galway; The Black Mariah, Cork; Project 304, Bangkok; Sub-Urban Video Lounge, Rotterdam; Auto Italia South East, London; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. A stubborn willingness to adapt and transform has enabled the project to both maintain and change, providing a fluid continuity within a difficult context.
Now relocated to a long–term studio & project space in The Coombe. Our new complex is an open space dedicated to the making and showing of visual art to our peers as well as a wide and diverse audience: via exhibitions, talks and tours, all are welcome and encouraged to engage with our programme of contemporary art and artist-led practices.
Caroline Cowley is a curator and Public Art Co-ordinator with Fingal County Council. She has commissioned and produced a series of high-profile projects with artists Mark Garry, Brian Duggan, Christine Mackey, Martina Coyle, Garrett Phelan and Dennis McNulty, associated publications and talks such as Commissions + International Public Art Symposium, 2012. Her remit within Fingal County Council’s Arts office also extends to public events such as graduate professional development, policy, exhibitions, talks, festival programming and the Council’s art collection. Caroline holds a BA in History of Art from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin, and a Masters in curatorial practice IADT (MAVIS).
Linda Doyle is Professor of Engineering and The Arts in Trinity College Dublin, and the Director of CONNECT – the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices. Currently she is a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK, and the Chair of the Board of the Douglas Hyde Gallery.
Pat Cooney studied architecture at DIT. He graduated in 1973 and worked for a time in private practice in London and Dublin before joining the Office of Public Works. Following promotion to Senior Architect in 1980 and to Assistant Principal Architect in 1991, Pat was promoted to Principal Architect in 2005 following an open competition. In 2009, under the government policy on architecture, he was awarded the new title of State Architect. While with the OPW he was also a member of the Art Management Committee which had responsibility for the procurement and acquisition of art on behalf of the State. He retired from public service in 2012, and maintains a keen interest in art.
Sarah Farrell works as Advisory Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General (2016–2017) currently at Principal Officer level. She was Legal Adviser to the Minister for Health & Children (2007 – 2011). Her many lecturing positions have included Trinity College Law School (1998-1999), Lecturer in School of Environmental Health, DIT (1996-1998), Tutor, Constitutional Law & Family Law, Trinity College Dublin (1993–1998) and Researcher, AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access & Disability), Dublin (1993–1994). Sarah was also a member of Law Reform Commission Expert Working Group on Judicial Review (2002). She has been a member of various Executive Boards of voluntary, charitable and arts organisations including Amnesty International Ireland, Sonas Housing Services, Black Church Print Studio (1997–2012) and Independent Studios (2016–present).
Brian Duggan is an artist working internationally in sculpture, film, installation, printing, publishing and sound. He graduated in Crawford CCAD Cork 1995, and received his Masters from IADT in 2005. His solo exhibitions include Crawford Art Gallery 2015; Balzer Projects Basel 2015; Discovery, Art Brussels 2015; ISCP New York 2013; Visual, Carlow, 2012; and Irish Museum of Modern Art Process room, 2011. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Hugh Lane Gallery, the OPW and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He was the co-founder, co-curator and co-director of Pallas Studios and its gallery offshoots in Dublin from 1996 to 2009.
Mark Cullen is an artist and curator, co-founder of Pallas Studios and is currently co-director/curator. Curated projects include Offside at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, MAIM XI, part of the exhibition .all hawaii eNtrées / luNar reGGae at IMMA, and the Pallas Heights exhibition programme (2003–2006). From 2005–2007 he was the International Representative of Visual Artists Ireland (VAI), representing Ireland at the 16th General Assembly of the International Association of Art held at Beijing Biennial, China, 2005, and the VAI at The World Summit on Arts and Culture held in The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle/Gateshead, UK 2006. Cullen curated the visual art section of Darklight Festival from 1999–2004. He was artist in residence in the School of Physics, University College Dublin in 2013–2014.
Gavin Murphy is an artist & co-director of Pallas Projects/Studios. Curated projects include Dennis McNulty’s A cloud of soft equations (2014) with Irish Architecture Foundation; British film-artist John Smith, The world seems a long way away (2011); and House Projects (2006/7). Solo exhibitions include Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (2010 & 2014); Royal Hibernian Academy (2012), and group exhibitions include Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art & Francis Bacon’s Studio, BOZAR, Brussels (2013); and After the Future, eva International, Limerick (2012). He has received numerous awards from The Arts Council, and his work is included in the permanent collections of the OPW and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.
Dónall Curtin is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland. He was a Partner in the accountancy practice Byrne Curtin Kelly and has in excess of 32 years’ experience. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, with considerable experience in arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution. He served as President of Chambers Ireland, the country’s largest business organisation. Dónall has worked with several organisations in promoting the role of the Visual Arts within Ireland, he currently serves on the boards of Visual Artists Ireland and The Abbey.
115–117 The Coombe
Dublin 8, Ireland
12–6pm, Thursday–Saturday (during exhibitions)
Pallas Projects Limited is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital registered under the laws of Ireland, registered number 503645 and having its registered office at 115-117 The Coombe, Dublin 8.
Studios receive a subsidy through the Arts Council Workspace Award. PP/S receives no annual revenue or programming funding.