9 January – 13 March 2010
Main launch event: 4 February, 6-8pm
Construction from 19 January
Gallery open to the public 5  February: 1pm – 8pm Tuesday - Saturday
Updates and info on events here

Temple Bar Gallery & Studios is pleased to present re : public, 
an exhibition and series of events through which the crucial question 
will be asked – can something happen in public again?
 
In collaboration with GradCAM, the Graduate School of Creative Arts 
& Media in Dublin, and guest curator Daniel Jewesbury, the gallery at 
TBG&S will become a forum where the public meet with artists and thinkers 
to reconsider the troubled relationship between art and society. 
The project asks whether there is even anything left that we can really 
call ‘public’. After the fiasco of the property crash, we examine the 
role played by architecture and urban planning in the construction of 
physical public space. And in a world controlled by globalised markets, 
loyal to no nation, we ask if we can still talk of meaningful democratic 
participation by ‘the public’ in the institutions that shape our lives? 

Even if we can, is there any room, or any need, for the contributions 
of artists?

Between 19 and 26 January, artist Robert Anderson and architect Mark 
Hackett will build a structure that fills the gallery, both a frame 
and a stage for the events that come after. On Friday 27 January, the 
gallery will be open from 1pm – 8pm to allow members of the public to 
view this first phase. Artist Dan Shipsides will then ‘intervene’ in 
this structure for one week, modifying and subverting its design so 
that it is not just a neutral setting, but an active element in 
the ensuing discussions.

From 4 February - 6 March, artists, writers and activists will host 
provocations, from screenings and talks to workshops and performances, 
in the gallery and around the city, all open to public participation. 
Contributors include Croatian artist Igor Grubić (featured in this 
year’s Istanbul Biennale); writer Owen Hatherley (author of the 
acclaimed book ‘Militant Modernism’); influential public sphere theorist 
Simon Sheikh; and artists Mark Orange, Seamus Nolan, Amanda Ralph, 
Sandra Johnston and Aisling O’Beirn. Additionally, artists and 
researchers at GradCAM, NCAD, DIT, UCD and the University of Ulster 
will occupy the space and open it out to the public through a range 
of activations and engagements.

Finally, from 9 - 12 of March, artist Peter Liversidge will 
‘decommission’ the structure and the materials that have accumulated 
over the course of the events, returning the gallery to an empty 
space before a special closing event on 13 March with speakers 
including academic and writer Nina Power (author in 2009 of 
‘One-Dimensional Woman’).

Updates on the project, including a full list of participants and 
a detailed calendar of events, will be available here.

Between 4 February and 5 March, Temple Bar Gallery will be open from 
1pm to 8pm, enabling participation from as broad an audience as 
possible in this challenging and innovative project.



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