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IMMA announce new partnership at the Dean Arts Studio

IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), The Dean Dublin and Press Up Hospitality Group are delighted to announce today (Wednesday 10 February), a new creative partnership at the Dean Arts Studio.

The Dean Arts Studio is a new, multi-disciplinary hub located on Harcourt Street in the heart of Dublin city centre. It is a practical response to the contraction of accessible, affordable city workspaces for artists of all disciplines, due in part to the loss of cultural spaces through development.

Both established and emerging practitioners across visual arts, literature, photography, sound, music and more will begin to take up residency this year. The Studio will be fully funded by The Dean Dublin and Press Up Hospitality Group, and the fourteen studios and office spaces will be gifted to artists, cultural institutions and arts organisations.

IMMA is delighted to be joining this dynamic and exciting creative collective as lead cultural institution partner. The gift of four studios from the Dean to IMMA has enabled IMMA to extend its Residency Programme by awarding year-long residencies at the Dean Arts Studio to Elayne Harrington, Elaine Hoey, Salvatore of Lucan and Brian Teeling.

Commenting on the partnership Annie Fletcher, Director, IMMA said;

“Supporting artists in the provision of space for research and making as well as display has always been central to IMMA’s mission. IMMA and the Dean have forged a strong partnership over the past five years and it fantastic to be able to develop this collaboration further.”

Continuing, she commented that

“IMMA has been steadily producing innovative programming under the current conditions and we are excited to move towards reopening the IMMA onsite studios which were temporarily closed due to the pandemic. In tandem with The Dean Arts Studio these combined residencies for artists show a deep commitment to supporting Irish based practice at such a critical time.”

Aileen Galvin, Project Lead, the Dean Arts Studio said:

“We know how privileged we are to be in the position to provide a city centre arts hub in Dublin. This was an early 2020 project that was stopped in its tracks. We worked with the arts community to explore practical ways that we can be supportive of artistic practice in the city and the Dean Arts Studio is the first result of that. It is an investment in our creative community, and we hope removing the stress of workspace rent and bills can give artists a bit of headspace to get on with the work of making and creating. It isn’t the cure-all solution to commercial development vs cultural contraction, but it is a step forward. We are delighted to welcome IMMA and these incredible artists to the Studio. We hope their DAS experience will be happy and productive and filled with possibilities and opportunities.”

The second year of IMMA programming for IMMA’s spaces at the Dean Arts Studio will be realised through an open call which will be announced in Spring 2021. Programming opportunities for IMMA’s onsite studios will be announced later today.

10 February 2021

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For further information and images please contact:Monica Cullinane E: [email protected]Patrice Molloy E: [email protected]


For more information on the Dean Arts Studio please contact: Aileen Galvin at Sync & Swim [email protected]


Additional Notes for Editors:

The IMMA Dean Arts Studio Artists

Elayne Adamczyk Harrington
Elayne Adamczyk Harrington, also known as Temper-Mental MissElayneous, is an accomplished performer in the Irish Hiphop and poetry world whose work explores restriction and oppression with the ideas of judgement and punishment often manifesting in the context of class. Her practice addresses the repressive nature of society and the constraint of its social systems, referring to conditions and injustices such as addiction and alcoholism, access to education and homelessness in a direct way.

Other artworks take a more layered approach in dealing with generational poverty, classism and working-class experience. Utilising wood, concrete, metal, found items and mixed media to create objects which at first glance can appear to be utilitarian entities, domestic or recreational and innocent in nature. Reappropriating the materials covertly interrupts their original function, providing playfulness with an undercurrent of aggression. An integral aspect of the work is engagement and interaction from the artist which incites spontaneous verbal and kinetic articulations that transcend the narrative of the sculptures and evolve the work to performance, spatial activity, duration and endurance.

Elayne Harrington is a Sculpture & Expanded Practice and Critical Cultures graduate of Fine Art in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. She served the third year of her International BA Degree in the University of Arts in Poznań, Poland. In 2019 Harrington was invited to feature within CONTEXTS Festival, the 9th International Festival of Ephemeral Art, Sokołowsko, Poland. This marked her first professional live art festival performace as a fresh NCAD graduate. This experience brought together many talented collaborators contributing to the live 2 hour performance artwork by Harrington at the Festival. The music vdieo project ‘Pie in the Sky’ grew out of this experince to merge Harringtons practices of the visual within the Fine Art realm and the verbal/rap element of the contemporary urban culture of Hiphop in which she advocates in her own way.


Elaine Hoey
Elaine Hoey works mainly creating interactive based installations, appropriating contemporary digital art practices and aesthetics to explore the politics of digital humanity and our evolving relationship with the screen. She describes her process as ‘experimental’ and is interested in creating new forms of art whose language is digitally native though also subject to critique and informed by questions arising from complex social, political and cultural processes.

Her work often addresses and critiques themes arising from identity, place and the bio-political body. Her virtual reality works commonly include immersing the viewer in performative and often uncomfortable roles within her digitally constructed worlds. She works through a wide variety of mediums such as, virtual reality, AI systems, video, gaming, installation and live performance, including remote cyber performance.

Recent exhibitions include Desire; A Revision from the 20th Century to the Digital Age, IMMA, 2019-2020; Unflattering, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, curated by Soojung YI, 2020; Citizen Somewhere Citizen Nowhere, The Crawford Gallery, Cork, 2020. Other exhibitions include The Dictionary of Evil, Gangwon International Biennale, South Korea; Futures, The RHA, Dublin; Turbulence, The Model Sligo; Open Codes, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany; Surface Tension, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and FILE SP Fiesp Cultural Centre, São Paulo, Brazil.


Salvatore of Lucan
Salvatore of Lucan is a painter. Through his large scale works he attempts to communicate clearly a sense of the world he inhabits that is both tangible and emotional. Exploring home, identity and relationships, he creates expansive domestic scenes where realism meets the uncanny, and the familiar broaches the magical.

His first solo show, Show of Himself  took place in Pallas Projects in 2018. He has been nominated twice for the Zurich Portrait Prize in the National Gallery with his paintings Me and My Dad in McDonalds and with Lucy With Three Hands and Me Holding on to Her Leg which was highly commended. In 2019 he won the Whyte’s Award, was nominated for Hennessy Craig Award in the RHA, appeared in RTE’s ‘Exhibitionists’ documentary and received the Arts Council’s Next Generation Award. Salvatore is currently developing two solo shows; an exhibition of pastel works for Hang Tough gallery and a collection of large scale paintings for the Kevin Kavanagh gallery.


Brian Teeling
Brian Teeling’s practice explores ways of interrogating the medium of photography through an honest, autobiographical account of his lived experience. The work created often ranges from the context of public space to the innately private, often focusing on the trappings of queer, working-class, and masculine identities. Through his interests in music, cinema, fashion, literature, and activism he examines the purported rituals that can sometimes permeate these communities. The resulting work is translated into various forms; CCTV tubes, projected image, clothing, unlimited edition prints, installation, electronic devices, and full-scale sculptural work for expanded topics.

Teeling is an emerging artist living in Dublin. His practice involves photography, print, and recently, has expanded to include sculpture and installation. His work usually focuses on the trappings of queer, masculine, and working-class identities but has also expanded into architectural photography and recollection of memory. Recent exhibitions include A Vague Anxiety, IMMA, 2019; Halftone, The Library Project, 2019, and Uncover, The Library Project and The Lavit Gallery, 2018. Forthcoming work includes an exhibition at PhotoIreland in 2021 and a book on Áras Mhic Diarmada/Busaras.


Dean Arts Studio and Covid-19
Artists will not access the Dean Arts Studio until deemed safe by the HSE and in accordance with all government Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines.


Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.