First Thursdays Dublin – September 1st

First Thursdays DublinIf you haven’t wandered around Dublin City on one of the First Thursday nights, you really are missing out. Last month I checked it out Temple Bar and there was a brilliant buzz.

It’s a night where reative spaces and galleries open their doors to the public after hours.. So instead of going late night shopping on a Thursday you can have a relaxing jaunt through the city centre and see what’s to offer.

The idea came from First Thursdays in London and the whole thing is organized by the good peeps at Temple Bar Cultural Trust.

Here’s a full list of venues and events:

Centre for Creative Practices

15 Pembroke Street, Lower Dublin 2

‘For The Birds’ – An Exhibition of painting and sculpture by Mairead Dunne.Mairead Dunne’s work captures a childlike dream world paralleled with an adult’s fairy tale. She uses haunting imagery in an attempt to connect with childhood nostalgia and escapism where dark forests, uncanny landscapes, strange birds and figures all inspire the work.

Cow’s Lane Designer Studio

West Essex Street, Old City, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Cow’s Lane Designer Studio is a treasure trove of handmade Irish art and design. This creative space is run by a group of independent artists who make by hand much of what there is to offer.

Debbie Paul Studio and Gallery

1 Cows Lane, Old City, Dublin 8

Debbie Paul invites you to her combined gallery and studio space. Here you can gain insight into Paul’s work, her aesthetic, and her making process, furthering your understanding of Irish Contemporary Jewellery.


68  South Great Georges Street, Dublin2, Ireland

designist is a city centre design store, specialising in affordable Irish and international design. Stock is unique and varies from home-ware to furniture design, lighting and unique gift items. 

Fish-Bowl Gallery / Exchange Dublin

Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

{In} Definateley by Majella Dowdican focuses on the notion of potentiality. Potentiality both in terms of the materials used, and also, in the sense of the anticipation that the artist creates using such materials. The work is simple yet absurd.

Gallery of Photography

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Noel Bowler | Making Space. Making Space is a timely exploration of the expansion and development of Islam in contemporary Ireland. Taken over the course of three years, the exhibition records the adaptive reuse of spaces for the purpose of prayer by diverse Muslim communities across

Gallery Zozimus

56 Francis Street, Dublin 8

Gallery Zozimus presents a summer group show including new works and prints by Mark O’Neill.

Graphic Studio Gallery

Through the Arch. Off Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Opening of Retrospective and New Works by artist Pamela Leonard. A renowned printmaker and watercolourist, Pamela Leonard showcases a selection of her works spanning 20 years to date. Leonard is especially renowned for her exceptional landscapes. Her works explore light and dark and focuses on capturing these elements in forests and glades.

Jam Art Factory

64/65 Patrick Street, Dublin 8

Jam Art Factory, gallery and design shop on Patrick Street has a new range of work from Sarah Cunnigham, Karolina Grudniewska( karoArt ceramics), Rachel Platt, Antonia O’Mahony, Anna Doran, Laura Butler and work from Gerard Hegarty, Rob Crane, Mark Haybyrne & Paddy Duffy.

Monster Truck Gallery & Studios

4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

So Long Roger Fenton…Negotiation and commitment in contemporary art1 September – 8th October 2011. Curated by Claire Feeley. Featuring:Roger Fenton | Bruno Serralongue | Chris Evans | Johannes Maier | David Lamelas | George Levantis | James Merrigan.

National Gallery of Ireland

Clare Street Entrance, Dublin 2

Experience Masterpieces from the Collection, a special presentation of some of the finest works in the Gallery’s European and Irish collections. For September as part of Archives Awareness month displays from the Yeats Archive and Irish study collections will also be on view.


NGG – No Grants Gallery

The Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street Temple Bar, Dublin 2

BOXiD, Round III – A fundraising exhibition organised by Black Church Print Studio featuring anonymous, CD-sized works by more than 150 well-known and emerging Irish and International artists including James English, Brian Lalor, Pauline Bewick, Yoko Akino, Liam Belton, Abigail O’ Brien, Donald Teskey, Richard Gorman, Mark Garry, Comhghall Casey and more. / 

Project Arts Centre

Gallery39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Notes on a Missing Oh – New work by Adrià Julià. Please join us for the opening of this exhibition, a new work which revisits the sites, areas and characters from a 20 year old screenplay known to be one of the biggest financial and cultural flops in the history of cinema. /

Science Gallery

Trinity College Dublin, Pearse Street, The Naughton Institute

15:07:11-23:09:11 – ‘ELEMENTS: THE BEAUTY OF CHEMISTRY’ Science Gallery’s summer exhibition explores the beauty of the elements, the design icon that is the periodic table and stirs up some reactions in the atomic

The Doorway Gallery

24 South Frederick St, Dublin 2.

The Doorway Gallery presents a group show of all the gallery artists including Michael Flaherty, Graham Knuttel, Francis Boag, Christy Keeney, Jock Nichol, Geraldine O’Reilly, Joan Coen, Hugh Frazer, John Brennan and many more.

The Icon Factory

Aston Place, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Icon Factory is an artist co-operative offering original artwork by Irish Artists. Outdoors, visit the Icon Walk gallery which presents information panels and original artwork journeying through Ireland’s history, culture, writers, musicians and playwrights.

The Green Gallery

Top Floor, St Stephen’s Green Centre,Dublin 2

The Green Gallery makes available a broad range of contemporary art from both Irish and International artists.


Foley Street, Dublin 1

On 1st September, the LAB hosts a special reception to mark the opening of two solo exhibitions of new work by Dublin based artists Ruth E. Lyons and Mark Garry. For more information visit

The Market Studios

Corner Halston Street & Mary’s Lane, Dublin 7

Studio Artists have curated a season of arts related films. The programme will be drawn from studio artists own work and other arts related productions. “The Market Screens” takes place each Thursday at 7pm and is a free event open to the public. Check for more details 

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