Clemens von Wedemeyer, “The Repetition Festival Show,” 2010. Exhibition view at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Courtesy Project Arts Centre
Established in 1966, Project Arts Centre has grown from a voluntary, artist-led co-operative, to a nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts center in the heart of Dublin. Since 2001, it has been housed in a new building—a critical arts platform with two auditoriums, a gallery, and a public foyer used as a workspace by many practitioners of visual arts, experimental dance, and theater. The gallery’s visual arts program is experimental, risk taking, and rigorous, often commissioning artists to make new work and embarking on research projects alongside artists. The curatorial intention is to surprise and inspire through contemporary art; subjects approached can be as diverse as non-hierarchical systems of knowledge, migrant workers and the politics of living with others, or even the power and manifestation of exhibitions themselves.
Curated by Valerie Connor before 2001, Grant Watson from 2001 to 2006, and Tessa Giblin since 2006, the gallery is an international portal for Ireland’s burgeoning contemporary art context, bringing previously unknown international artists to Ireland for the first time, and articulating Irish artists through international group exhibitions. Project Arts Centre publishes artists’ books and exhibition publications with Project Press, and is very active in the production of discursive events—artistically, academically, and often somewhere in-between.