The Complex Gallery is a space which works to bridge a gap between established and emerging artists. Providing space and support to encourage artists from various stages of their professional arts practice to collaborate and present works together. The Complex has retained most of the building's original architecture to develop a non traditional gallery influenced by Off-site exhibition settings.

 

The Ground Floor Gallery curators accept proposals for a multitude of mediums on a rolling basis. We encourage artists to get in touch and develop dialogues around future projects, exhibitions and studio visits.

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Sophie Gough, Daire O'Shea

Curated by Sara Muthi


The German word Materialgerechtigkeit loosely translates to ‘material justice’. This principle holds that any material should be used where it is most appropriate and that its nature should not be hidden. This is a principle that is deeply held by materially-driven sculptors Sophie Gough and Daire O’Shea. 

 

19 August - 01 September 2022 

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Blaine O’Donnell, Andreas Kindler von Knobloch

The Complex building displays the abundant material traces of its diverse historical uses, from possible synagogue to fruit-ripening warehouse. The gallery space itself has been added to and subtracted from in various ways throughout its existence, leaving scars and residues within the brick walls from unknown periods.

16 - 29 July 2022

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Ella Bertilsson

Ella Bertilsson stages a site specific exhibition at the Complex Gallery that plays with external reality and internal fantasy through the fabrication of a symbolic landscape that combines elements of sculpture, video and sound.

21 May - 03 June 2022

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Kerry Guinan

The Red Thread is a monumental new production and limited ephemeral performance created by Kerry Guinan with an international team of collaborators. It will take place at The Complex Gallery, Dublin as part of the ‘Art Factory’ programme. 

04 - 10 May 2022

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Joe Hanly

TAP is the title of an energetic exhibition of new works by artist Joe Hanly featuring a cacophony of 3D installations of 2D paintings and montages in the Gallery of The Complex. 

26 March - 08 April 2022

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Andrea Martin

The Complex has a proactive approach to engaging people from the community to take part in its programme. 'The Girl with the Blue Umbrella' is the first of our 2022 Community Initiative visual art exhibitions with Andrea Martin ...

18 - 20 January 2022

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Emma Roche

Emma Roche creates a site specific exhibition reflecting enquiries into labour, employment and motherhood. Roche’s paintings combine methodologies of knitting or tapestry with painting to form layered and textured works.

04 - 16 December 2021

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Austin Hearne

‘Slabs’ is an ongoing, growing and open-ended photographic archival project. In its essence it consists of a series of used painter/decorator wallpaper-pasting tables, or slabs, used as carriers for presenting ...

12 - 25 November 2021

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Aleana Egan, Áine McBride, Dennis McNulty, Conor O'Sullivan

An exhibition of newly commissioned work. These artists were selected based on their use of familiar materials which can awaken deeply ...

16 - 28 October 2021

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Rónán Ó Raghallaigh
 

In 390 BC, a group o Celts invaded and took over Rome. After lootin it, de chieftain Brennus agreed t leave if dey were paid a thousand pounds o gold. One o de Romans complained dat Brennus’ scales were tampered ...

03 - 09 September 2021

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Alex De Roeck, Ann Ensor

“In many ways the ground beneath our feet is as alien as a distant planet. The processes occurring in the top few centimeters of Earth's surface are the basis of all life on dry land" ...

07 - 20 August 2021

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Eve O'Callaghan

Allotment is a series of paintings made over a six-month period from November 2020 to April 2021. The large pieces are oil paint on wooden panels on a ground of  handmade chalk gesso, and the smaller pieces...

10 - 15 July 2021

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Tanad Aaron, Mark Swords

The Complex presents new work by Tanad Aaron and Mark Swords in The Ground Floor Gallery.

 

07 - 27 May 2021

 

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Paul Hallahan, Marcel Vidal

 

The Complex Ground Floor Gallery presents Everybody Knows, an exhibition that brings together the works of artists.
 

05 - 18 December 2020

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Ann Ensor, Austin Hearne

For Culture Night The Complex presented a duo exhibition, showcasing the works of two artists scheduled to exhibit in The Complex Visual Arts Programme 2021, Ann Ensor and Austin Hearne.

19 - 30 September 2020

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John Busher

Working over a period of 18 months, artist John Busher has often traded back and forth between painting and printmaking. In Shopping (Without Haste), 2019, a barely-there figure appears, shrouded or masked. 

24 July - 4 August 2020

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Tine Günther 

The Complex was delighted to welcome the work of Leipzig based artist Tine Günther to the Ground Floor Gallery for a solo presentation of her new exhibition titled ALL ONE. 

06 - 18 March 2020

 

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Frances Disley, David Jacques, Brendan Lyons, Paul Rooney  

The Complex presents Crossings a group show reflecting a sample of Liverpool’s contemporary art scene. 

 

13 - 27 February 2020 

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Elaine Grainger

The gap between noise is a site - specific installation by visual artist Elaine Grainger. This is the artists first solo exhibition since graduating from her MFA at NCAD in 2018. 

06 - 14 December 2019

 

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Robert Dunne, Barbara Knezevic, Pádraig Spillane

An out-of-place artifact (OOPArt) is an artifact of historical, archaeological, or paleontological interest found in an unusual context, which challenges conventional historical chronology... 

09 - 21 November 2019 

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Glenn Fitzgerald, Liliane Puthod, Richard Proffitt, Sibyl Montague 

Inspired by the Ground Floor Gallery’s new location adjacent to the Victorian Fruit Market in Dublin 7. 

13 - 26 September 2019

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Louisa Casas, Alex de Roeck, Jane Fogarty, Riin Kaljurand, Paul McGrane, Mark O'Gorman, Ronan O'Reilly 

STREAM have stumbled upon a forgotten art storage space in Mary's Abbey, Dublin 7.

24 - 27  May 2019

 

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Siobhán Kavanagh, Adam Gibney

 

Combines live experimental vocal composition with generative technological assemblages which will react to and be created in the gallery.

 

02 - 14 August 2018

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Alex de Roeck, Ciaran Gallen, Mark O'Gorman, Paddy Joe Rickard

Paul McGrane, Peadar Jolliffe-Byrne

Leonard Traynor, Ronan O'Reilly

 

STREAM is a practitioner founded group of Dublin based artists.

10 - 17 May 2018

 

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Aaron Smyth, Alex de Roeck

Ciaran Gallen, Mark O'Gorman

Paul McGrane, Sofya Mikhaylova

Six artists investigate the overlap of instant and eternal gratification that defines the contemporary human condition.

18 - 21 January 2018

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Léann Herlihy

 

Taking place on the eve of the Irish Referendum to legalise abortion 'the child She didn't want, but the State did' is a performance that can be considered as a ‘swan song’ of support ...

24 May 2018

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Eileen Hutton, Kevin Smith, Paul Rosser

 

Stream is a trio of artists that organises, curates and presents exhibitions. Stream will occupy the ground floor space of The Complex for Culture Night, marking their third Dublin exhibition. 

20 - 23 September 2017

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Reverend Billy, Martin O' Reilly, Robert Hesp, Rihammon Armstrong, Umama Hamido, Livestock, Gareth Cutter, Johanna Zwaig

17 - 20 August 2017 

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Léann Herlihy, Stephen Lau
Mark O'Gorman, Ronan O'Reilly
Paul McGrane

 

For Stream’s second exhibition, we are asking the artists involved to produce work which considers the human tendency to worship. 

27 July - 02 August 2017

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EL Putnam, David Stalling

 

Ember is a multimedia performance encompassing live action and electroacoustic improvisation. Fibre optics create an affective weaving of visual and sonic engagement... 

 

21 December 2017
 

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Annemarie Kilshaw, Angela McDonagh, Austin Hearne
Celina Muldoon

“Still” brings together four artists that are actively engaged with contemporary live art and installation.

06 - 09 October 2016

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Roger O Neill

 

O'Neill's semi representational paintings form “almost landscapes” where geometric forms and shapes are presented, reformed and combined with constructed objects.

25 - 28 February 2016

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Alex de Roeck, Bassam Al-Sabah
Paddy Joe Rickard, Paul McGrane
Peader Joliffe Byrne, Leonard Traynor
Mark O'Gorman, Ronan O'Reilly

 

The concept behind Stream is to provide a platform for recent graduates ... 

20 - 23 April 2017

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Robery Suchy, Austin Hearne

Anne Ebeling, Tara Carroll

Rob McGlade, Siobhan Kelly

Robbie Maguire, El Putnam

Paula Guzzanti, Joan Somers Donnelly, Aine O'Hara, Michal Lubinksi 

 

30 October 2017

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Arthur Clay, Branwen Kavanagh

Ciana Spellman, Ciarán Nash

Emma Brennan, Karmel Daly

Kate McElroy, Lieselle McMahon

Lisa Freeman, Sarah Diviney

Valerie Driscoll

 

Livestock presents ‘Body Talk.' 

04 November 2016

 


 

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Amy Guilfoyle, Ciana Spelman and Anne Ebeling Ciaran O'Keeffe, Day Magee, Dylan Kerr, Francis Fay, Ollie Bell, Paul Francis Quinn, Ryan Backer
Sticky Biscuits, Tales Frey, The Pink Triangle, Vickey Curtis

"QUEERSTOCK" highlights work that pushes the norms of artistic expression. 

20 January 2017

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Celina Muldoon, Darren Yorke

Hey Mr DJ!, Sara French Suzi Coombs, Vickey Curtis 

LIVESTOCK presented Fresh Cuts,
an evening of exciting new performance art.

17 August 2017

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Paul Hickey, Judy Foley, Roger O’Neill, Jane Locke

'Shul’ is a Tibetan word meaning a mark that remains behind

21 September - 09 October 2012

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Nerosunero

 

An exhibition by NEROSUNERO

23 - 30th June 2011

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Emily Aoibheann, Elaine McCague, Karen Anderson, Niamh Creely 

Paper Dolls begins with a quiet ambient track with Emily Aoibheann coming centre stage walking along the outstreched rope across the stage floor. 

14 - 19 September 2011

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Annemarie Kilshaw

 

This exhibition of works by Annmarie Kilshaw encourages the viewer to explore the concept of waiting. Through an installation of found objects, placed in a temporary setting... 

15 - 23 March 2012