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

Bassam Al-Sabah - Bassam is a recent IADT graduate of Visual Arts Practice, based in Dublin. Bassam was awarded the RHA graduate studio award and works in video, sculpture and installation. Bassam has been with Basic Space since May 2017.

Daniel Bermingham (they/them) - Daniel is a curator interested in institutional attitudes, community spaces and pedagogy, particularly in regards queer and crip audiences, based between Galway/Dublin. Daniel graduated from NCAD in 2016 with BA in Visual Culture, and has been with Basic Space since May 2016.

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.


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