Art Attack: Dublin Gallery Weekend 2016

Posted November 9, 2016 in Arts and Culture

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Later this month, the art community around the city celebrates Dublin Gallery Weekend, which showcases the magnificent gallery art around the city. Having had an extremely successful inaugural year, Dublin Gallery Weekend returns on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November with a programme of events and exhibitions that are accessible to all, whether you’re a hardened critic or a complete novice.

There are 36 galleries around the city taking part, including large cultural institutions like the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham and the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane on Parnell Square, to smaller, newer galleries with a reputation for featuring excellent international contemporary artists like the Kerlin Gallery on Anne’s Lane, the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery on Chancery Place or the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College, to artist-run spaces like Pallas Projects on the Coombe and Artbox on James Joyce Street. The event really does capture the entirety of Dublin’s art world, and works as a means to highlight the work they do throughout the year, as well as the special events they are hosting for the weekend alone.


As part of this year’s programme, there are a mixture of special talks from critics, “ask me anything” sessions with artists, art walking tours, film screenings, performances and of course extended opening hours, encouraging the curious to try out something new.

The full listings and a handy map for the weekend’s events can be found at or in the November edition of Totally Dublin. Below we have picked out a selection of highlights.


Parnell Square Tour

Friday 25th November, 3pm-4pm

Meeting point: Hillsboro Fine Art

Continuing to Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Olivier Cornet Gallery

Free Event, all welcome

The Coombe Tour

Saturday 26th November, 1pm-2pm

Meeting point: Kevin Kavanagh

Continuing to Gallery Zozimus, Cross Gallery, NAG Gallery and Pallas Projects

Free event, all welcome

Temple Bar Tour

Saturday 26th November, 3pm-5pm

Meeting point: Project Arts Centre

Continuing to Gallery of Photography, The Library Project, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Graphic Studio Gallery

Free event, all welcome

Merrion Square Area Tour

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November, 4pm-5.30pm

Meeting point: Science Gallery

Continuing to The Oriel Gallery and National Gallery of Ireland

Free event, all welcome

Trinity Area Tour

Sunday 27th November, 1pm-3pm

Meeting point: Douglas Hyde

Continuing to So Fine Art Editions, Kerlin Gallery, Solomon Fine Art and Gallery X

Free Event, all welcome

St. Stephens Green Area Tour

Sunday 27th November, 3.15pm-5.15pm

Meeting point: Doorway gallery

Continuing to Molesworth Gallery, Oliver Sears Gallery and RHA

Free Event, all welcome

Events – Friday 25th November

The Library Project, Temple Bar, D2

11am – 6pm

Halftone Print Fair

Free exhibition, workshops, talks

Visit for more details and bookings. Also on Saturday and Sunday.

Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Place, D8


Artist Talk: Robert Armstrong

Free event, all welcome

MART Gallery, Lower Rathmines Road, D6

1pm – 3pm

Ask the Artist Anything

Informal gallery tours with Occupy Space Artists

Free Event, all welcome

Pallas Projects/Studios, The Coombe, D8

6pm – 8pm

Exhibition launch: Periodical Review 20/16

Curated by Sarah Glennie, Declan Long, Jenny Haughton & Brian Duggan

Free Event, all welcome

IMMA, Military Road, Kilmainham, D8

6.30pm – 8pm

Exhibition Opening: Duncan Campbell, Emily Jacir Europa

Join us for the opening of two exhibitions, a new film work by Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell (Turner Prize 2014) and Europa the first survey exhibition of Palestinian artist Emily Jacir’s work in Ireland. Also open on the night two IMMA Collection exhibitions.
Free Event, all welcome

RHA. Ely Place, D2

7.30pm – 12 midnight

Hennessy Lost Friday

Bands, DJs, Tours, Art

Tickets available online, visit

Events – Saturday 26th November

IMMA, Military Road, Kilmainham, D8

All day event

IMMA Symposium

Marking the culmination of a year of commemorations in Ireland this symposium will addresses key questions on the artist’s role and influence in re-imagining the state.
Admission €5, booking required, visit

Project Arts Centre, Essex Street East, Temple Bar, D2

12pm – 6pm

Durational Performance by Megan Kennedy

Free event, all welcome

Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane D2 & Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, D2


Tour of works by Kathy Prendergast beginning at Kerlin Gallery and continuing to the

Douglas Hyde Gallery

Free event, all welcome

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Temple Bar, D2


Artist Talk: Mary Cremin in conversation with Barbara Knezevic

Free admission, booking essential, visit to book your place

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, Trinity College, D2


Hostile Architecture Scavenger Hunt

Scour the city of Dublin for intended and unintentional acts of Hostile Architecture, as part of our exhibition DESIGN AND VIOLENCE.

Free event, all welcome

RHA, Ely Place D2


RHA Art Cart

Family event facilitated by 2 artists

Free event, all welcome

Pallas Projects, The Coombe D8


Exhibition floor talk with curators of Periodical Review 20/16

Free event, all welcome

Mother’s Tankstation, 41-43 Watling Street, Usher’s Island D8


Introductory talk and walk through Yuri Pattison’s solo exhibition

Free event, all welcome

The LAB, Foley Street D1


Live performance with exhibiting artist Suzanne Walsh

Free event, all welcome

Gallery X, 65 South William Street D2


Dublin Gallery Weekend Social

Join us for drinks in the Atrium of TBG+S (entrance: through the gallery)

Free event, all welcome

Events Sunday 27th November

Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane D2


Coffee Social

Free event, all welcome

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square D1


Sundays@Noon Concert Series

Fionnuala Moynihan performs Clementi piano sonatas

Free event, early arrival recommended


Drop-in family activities for all ages

Free Event, all welcome

IMMA, Military Road, Kilmainham D8


Family Workshop

Free, drop-in event, all welcome

MART, Rathmines Road Lower, D6


Live performances by artists Ciaran Nash & Kate McElroy of Occupy Space

Performances will contain nudity

Free event, all welcome

Extra Sunday Openings


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