About

Basic Space is an independent art organisation with a programme of residencies, exhibitions and educational events in collaboration with practitioners and art institutions throughout Ireland.

  • We primarily work with emerging and early-career practitioners.
     

  • The majority of our projects are hosted or in collaboration with external institutions, where we act as a critical force,  challenging attitudes and policy.
     

  • Basic Space operates a representative programme, prioritising practices by women, black/brown, disabled and queer artists.


Co-Directors

Róisín Bohan - Róisín is a graduate of UCD's MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management and CCAD's BA in Fine Art. As well as having an independent curatorial practice, Róisín has worked with Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin Gallery Weekend and currently, RHA Gallery.

Kim Gleeson - Kim is a recent IADT graduate of Visual Art Practice, based in Dublin. Kim’s work is concerned with materiality, architecture and the fragility of structure. Kim has been with Basic Space since May 2017.

Philip Kavanagh - Philip is an artist and writer on art based in Dublin. He graduated from NCAD with a BFA in Sculpture and Visual Culture, and has written criticism and reviews for publications such as Art Papers, Circa, Critical Bastards and the Visual Artist’s Ireland Newsheet.
Philip’s art practice has previously been grounded in sculptural and performative assemblages
 

History

Basic Space was founded in 2010 by students and alumni of National College of Art and Design, occupying a vacant warehouse on Vicar Street, which was host to studios and exhibitions. Basic Space subsequently was a resident of the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s Residency Programme, followed by a move to the Vacant Space Scheme’s Eblana House in 2013. Eblana House was a multi-use space with studios, a workshop and exhibitions, which closed in April 2016. From 2016, Basic Space has occupied a number of spaces in Dublin, expanding collaborations with art institutions throughout Ireland to programme residencies, exhibitions and educational events.

To date, Basic Space has provided studios for 47 artists, programmed exhibitions and events throughout Ireland, fostered international collaboration and nurtured many of Ireland’s leading artistic practices.

 

Previous Studio Artists