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.
Róisín Bohan is an artist and curator. As well as having an independent curatorial and artistic practice, she currently holds the joint position of Learning and Public Engagement Curator between RHA Gallery and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Bohan was the recipient of the inaugural Black Church Print Studio recent graduate curator award in 2017, and is a graduate of UCD's MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management and Crawford College of Art and Design's BA in Fine Art.
Moran Been-noon is a Dublin-based independent visual artist, curator and writer. She has curated projects in gallery spaces and off-site for independent galleries throughout the island of Ireland. She produced and led creatively Platform Art Belfast’s in Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm in 2016, and a pop-up gallery in Electric Picnic Festival 2009. In 2019 she curated an exhibition focusing on the experiences of individuals with Intellectual Disabilities at PS² in Belfast as well as the inaugural exhibition in the newly launched gallery space of Engage Art Studios in Galway. Her writing has featured in such publications as Circa Magazine and Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet. In 2015-2017 she was on the board of Platform Arts in Belfast.
Siobhán Mooney is an independent curator and arts administrator based in Dublin. Mooney graduated from UCC in 2006 with a BA in Art History and English. Since receiving her MA form IADT in Visual Arts Practices in 2014 she has curated several shows including: Galvanise, James L Hayes (MART, 2019); Some Concrete Possibilities, Group show, (Library Project, 2019); The Wild Show, Iain Griffin (Eight Gallery, 2017); Offer, Claire McCluskey (MART, 2016); Fortuna, Helen MacMahon (MART, 2016); The Butterflies in my Brain, Helena Hamilton (MART 2014); Temporary Sites, Group Show (MART 2014). Mooney was the 2018 winner of the Black Church Print Studio Emerging Curator Award and is currently membership and project manager at Visual Artists Ireland.
Julia Moustacchi is a French curator and writer based in Dublin. She graduated from the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management in UCD in 2018. Julia has previously worked in the LAB Gallery, the Arts Office, The Hugh Lane Gallery, the Arts Council and as a freelance curator and producer. She has recently worked with artist and curator Michelle Browne on the large-scale collaborative arts programmes Bring Your Own Chair and The Citizen Cycle.
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.