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CONTENTS ABOUT BLOCK T - 3 VISION AND MISSION - 4 RELEVANCE - 5 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES - 6 LOCATION - 7 HISTORY - 8 MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE - 9 STUDIOS - 10 GALLERY - 11 EXHIBITIONS - 12 PHOTOIRELAND FESTIVAL - 13 GRADUATE AWARD - 14 IN_FLUX ART FAIR - 15 WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES - 16 COLLABORATION – DUBLINTELLECTUAL - 17 COLLABORATION – UM - 19 THEATRE/DANCE - 20 MUSIC - 21 INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE - 22 TESTIMONIALS - 23 ARTICLES, REVIEWS, PRESS - 24 PREVIOUS POSTERS - 26 PARTNERSHIPS / AFFILIATIONS - 28 MAP - 29 SUPPORTS - 30


ABOUT BLOCK T BLOCK T is a cooperative organisation, run on a

voluntary basis, that is operating from a former tile warehouse factory located on Smithfield Square, in Dublin’s inner city. This 8,000 square-foot building encompasses eleven resident artist studios, a large versatile gallery space, an analogue photography darkroom and a number of multifunctional workshop and performance areas.

Block T Studio artists exhibition

Block T Gallery

Block T Studios

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VISION AND MISSION BLOCK T aims to position itself as a leading multidisciplinary organisation through education, information, exchange and innovation in Ireland.

UM Jaygo Bloom in conversation

BLOCK T aspires to transcend the status of purely

being an arts centre. While it certainly- and importantly- fills this role, its wider mission is to provide a platform for creative thinking of all avenues fostering philosophical, social and technological innovation on any level. It strives to facilitate individuals to bridge the gap between theory and practice in their art or discipline through education, information, exchange and support.

BLOCK T sees itself as a cultural movement rather

than a space. With an internal focused business and management structure we aim to act as a pilot to existing or emerging organisations of a similar kind. Due to its multidisciplinary nature this model could be easily adaptable and customised to any organisation of any scale and capacity.

Block T classroom

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RELEVANCE BLOCK T represents the best in artists initiatives

by providing quality studio spaces and facilities to emerging national and international artists, housing a purpose designed exhibition space, instigating a dynamic curatorial programme and nurturing a vital forum for interdisciplinary creative discourse.

BLOCK T’s multifunctional attitude and transforma- “BLOCK T has a distinct energy and ethos that is vitive nature lends itself to a flexibility that reaches a broad demographic. With it’s open door policy and competitive positioning in the cultural and social sectors BLOCK T seeks to cover unbroken ground between traditional institutions and alternative spaces within the city.

tal for the city and in particular this area of Dublin”. Brian Fay Lecturer, D.I.T.

UM 2011

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GOALS AND OBJECTIVES To build a unique and sustainable enterprise. To create a free public archive that includes work from artists, groups and individuals who have collaborated with the organisation. This will be done through online cataloging and a yearly publication. To build upon national and international relationships which allow the exchange of skills, knowledge and ideas. To further develop the visual arts programme enabling BLOCK T curated shows with the ambition of introducing art forms not currently well established in Dublin. To establish BLOCK T as an organisation that can independently produce and curate off-site events. To provide additional facilities in the building for the presentation and production of work. To secure administrative budgets in order to fund the resource of management and administration. To consistently improve the management and programming in order to ensure greater quality of work and activities within the premises. To include a broader range of services and activities within the space. (Workshops, classes, talks, screenings and discussions). To secure funding to realise these goals. 6


LOCATION BLOCK T is situated in Smithfield Square south.

This area is proposed to be a vibrant hub of activity in Dublin City Council’s Enhancement Plan; “it is envisaged that the greater level of activity will occur at the south end…Events, markets etc will expand out from this area, it acting like a lung”.

Smithfield and its surrounding area houses a diverse demographic. This cultural and multi-social quarter parallels the multidisciplinary approach that BLOCK T defines itself by. It also has a direct link to the Smithfield Area Business Association who play a vital role in the regeneration plan.

Smithfield Square

The current economic climate allowed BLOCK T to develop, providing the opportunity to play an active role in the future cultural landscape of Smithfield. BLOCK T are responding to this vision of Smithfield by Dublin City Council and the city by showcasing Smithfield’s heritage and potential as part of BLOCK T’s 2011/2012 programme of events. This will directly result in an enhanced footfall to the area. “In the present climate, development in the general arts sector will occur because of self-generated initiatives like this. BLOCK T will also provide much needed anchor cultural activity in the Smithfield area of the city.”

Professor Declan McGonagle Curator, Director National College of Art & Design 7


HISTORY Since opening in July 2010, BLOCK T has fast become a key establishment in Dublin’s independent arts scene. Recent achievements include: Facilitated over 180 artists Hosted over 200 performers Attracting over 25,000 visitors to the building Close to 3,000 followers on Facebook Up to 3,000 unique followers on website Close to 1,000 followers on Twitter Over €30,000 was raised for various charities in the premises Held over 150 events Have established relationships with Ireland’s leading cultural projects including: ABSOLUT Fringe Festival Dublin Culture Night Innovation Dublin Dublin Contemporary Upstart Dublin Intellectual First Thursdays In_flux Art Fair Dublin Flea Market CreativeD UM (Experimental Intermedia Festival) Photo Ireland Festival Collaborated with students from all of Dublin’s leading visual art colleges. Established a BLOCK T annual emerging graduate award. Curated exhibitions and events with emerging and established artist’s and performers from Ireland and abroad. 8


MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

LAURA DOVN Managing Director

BEN READMAN Creative Director

JOE SALAM Operations Director

GRACE MC EVOY Arts Coordinator

SIMON MC KEAGNEY Team Facilitator

NICK LINDERS Building and Maintenance Manager

CRAIG COX Gallery Technician

MARIA FLORES Development Intern

TRAINING BLOCK T has provided training to over 10 interns

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design

European Career Evolution Ltd

and volunteers to date in partnership with Work Placement Schemes and Internship Programmes.

National University of Ireland, Galway We have facilitated training for:

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STUDIOS BLOCK T houses eleven studios.

Each studio is secure, spacious and well lit, resident artists have 24 hour access to their studio space and wi-fi. There is also a communal area for artists and free workshop space.

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GALLERY BLOCK T officially launched it’s gallery space in

April 2011. This space is 1,300 sq. ft and comprises a unique feature of inter-changeable, mobile walls. This enables the gallery to alter it’s interior to suit the needs of the exhibiting artists.

Installation shot: Step ||| D.I.T Fine Art Student Show April 2011

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EXHIBITIONS Since launching the Gallery in July 2011 BLOCK T have run a diverse programme of exhibitions, showcasing the work of over 150 artists work.

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PHOTOIRELAND FESTIVAL BLOCK T invited several artists from Ireland and

abroad to exhibit during the PhotoIreland festival in July 2011.

Exhibition shot: Anger by Niall O’Brien Part of PhotoIreland Festival 2011

Exhibition shot: Take another left by Shane Connaughton and Diarmait Grogan Part of Photoireland Festival 2011

Exhibition shot: Liquidity by Mella Travers Part of PhotoIreland Festival 2011

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GRADUATE AWARD 2011 In July BLOCK T curated it’s first annual Graduate Award Exhibition. The 2011 recipient was Patrick Hough from N.C.A.D.

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IN_FLUX ART FAIR 2011 BLOCK T were one of 10 art spaces invited to curate an off-site exhibition for this years In_flux Art Fair in Limerick organised by Occupy Space.

MESH Curated by Ben Readman and Grace McEvoy (Block T)

Exhibiting Artists: Sinead Curran | Gillian Lawlor | Brian Cross (B+) | Neil Carroll | Henderson[twelve] | Steven Maybury | Lucinda Chua | Sean Carpio | Broken Dimanche | Mark Garry

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WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES In July 2011 BLOCK T launched it’s new Darkroom facilities and workshops that include fashion photography classes, studio lighting workshops and more.

BLOCK T have previously collaborated with

RealSound, a digital music production company, who facilitated workshops in Ableton Live, Photoshop and Illustrator Sept – Dec 2010.

Block T Darkroom

Realsound workshops

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COLLABORATION DUBLINTELLECTUAL BLOCK T and Dublintellectual have collaborated

on two large scale, very successful events this year. The first event, “Monster Mash Up” (see poster attached) was a two part mash-up of illustrated talks, accompanied by screenings of a short film, “Skeleton Frolic” with a live score by Barry O’Halpin and Ben Murray, followed by an episode of “Twin Peaks” with music provided by the Patrick Groenland Quartet. The speakers Dr. Maria Parsons and Dr. Marisa Ronan spoke about “Silent Screen and The History of the Female Vampire” and “Apocalypse How?: American Evangelical Fiction and the Rapture” respectively.

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COLLABORATION DUBLINTELLECTUAL For the second event with Dublintellectual, the Tex-Mex Film Fest (Friday 15th July) brought together artists who worked in the Super 8 medium, a scholar and Super 8 collector wand super-8 historian. The programme was as follows: Silent Super-8, screening of rare ‘Riding for a Fall’ (dir.Sam Peckinpah) with live score by Zarilla. Dennis Kenny, Texas: Super 8 Home-Movie version of Tobe Hooper’s classic 1974 horror, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (20mins) Dr. Paula Gilligan, ‘Fall in with the Major’-The Confederate Irish and the South of the Border Western. Silent Super-8, screening of rare ‘Riding for a Fall’ (dir.Sam Peckinpah) with live score.Moira Tierney, Artist (Solus Collective) Lucha Libra, Mexican Wrestlers on FilmAniz Dura, Artist: Screening of ‘Songs for Boys and Girls with Sugar wings’ and a Super 8screening of “Tea at the Glass Graveyard”.

Patrick Groenland Quartet

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COLLABORATION UM – EXPERIMENTAL INTERNATIONAL INTERMEDIA FESTIVAL

BLOCK T CO-PRODUCTION Day: Sat 28 May

Alan Butler (IRL)

Alan Butler (IRL), Joan Healy (IRL), Jaygo Bloom (UK), Jack Wrigley, Sarah Milne and Robbie Thomson (SCT), Sonia Cillari (NL/IT), Terike Haapoja (FI), Teresa Dillon (IRL/UK). Jaygo Bloom (UK), Video and Spatial Mapping Workshop. Joan Healy, My Hairy Banjo (installation/performance). Sonia Cillari (NL/IT), As An Artist I need Rest (installation/performance). Joan Healy, My Hairy Banjo (installation/performance). Night: Sat 28 May. Presentations by Mark Maguire (IRL), Rachel O’Dwyer (IRL), Jaygo Bloom (UK), Sonia Cillari (NL/IT) and more.

Alan Butler (IRL)

21.00-21.30: Sound art performance. Jack Wrigley, Sarah Milne and Robbie Thomson (SCT), The Hemi-Ballistic Electric Ensemble. 22.00-22.30: Live Art performance. Paul Granjon (WAL), Love and The Machine. 22.45-23.30: Concert performance. Sturqen (PT).

Alan Butler (IRL)

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THEATRE/DANCE

Critically acclaimed Dance performance ‘The Work,The Work’

‘Isemene’ All proceeds of which went to the ‘Irish Cancer Society’

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MUSIC BLOCK T have hosted and produced over 20

music events since opening in July 2010. Below are a selection of photos from these events.

Slipdaft projections at Alarmist

Donnacha Costello, Nuts

‘Trinity Orchestra play Radiohead

Men / Koolthing / Ophelia

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INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE BLOCK T received funding from Culture Ireland

6 artists to take part in an International exchange (including exhibitions and residencies) to Marseille, France in September 2011. Artists – NEIL CARROLL / MICHELLE HALL / AOIBHEANN GRENNAN / OISIN O’BRIEN / ADAM GIBNEY / GRACE MCEVOY Curator – BEN READMAN Partner Organisation in France – CHÂTEAU de SERVIÈRES

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TESTIMONIALS “BLOCK T have established themselves as a key site of artistic and cultural production in Dublin with an unrivaled programme of events that has secured a faithful following. BLOCK T has become a cultural hub with a diverse range of creative figures coming together to create a true community feel to the project. At a time of economic uncertainity. BLOCK T offers a a host of lowcost activities that enrich Dublin’s cultural calendar and importantly are a valuable addition to the Smithfield area”. Dr. Marisa Ronan Founder, Dublintellectual “BLOCK T represents the best in artists initiatives by providing quality studio spaces and facilities to emerging national and international artists, housing a purpose designed exhibition space, instigating a dynamic curatorial programme and nurturing a vital forum for interdisciplinary creative discourse. BLOCK T has a distinct energy and ethos that is vital for the city and in particular this area of Dublin, which unfortunately has recently lost other important cultural organisations”. Brian Fay Lecturer, D.I.T. “I believe that BLOCK T has a huge part to play in the Cultural health and sustainability of Dublin City”. Jessica Foley Co-Founder The Writing Workshop, Artist and Writer

“The members of BLOCK T are of great talent, energy and

potential. We have no doubt that the project will be a successful one. It is, in our minds, a timely enterprise run by a young, dynamic and committed team”. Francis Halsall & Declan Long Art Critics and Lecturers “BLOCK T has revitalised and invigorated the area with an influx of creative and dynamic young artists”. Anthony Hobbs Head of Fine Art Media, NCAD “BLOCK T’s diverse, multi-disciplinary programme offers an eclectic and energetic abundance of events, exhibitions, talks and screenings which not only challenges and engages both artists and audiences but has also paved the way for a future model of art spaces in this city”. Miranda Driscoll Co-Director, The Joinery “BLOCK T are being brave and ambitious and crucially seems to be prioritising A form of civic responsibility within this particular cultural sector”. Mark Garry Artist and Curator 23


ARTICLES REVIEWS PRESS BLOCK T have been featured in numerous newspapers and press including: The Guardian (UK) RTE News The Irish Times Paper Visual Art Circa On-line Totally Dublin Hot Press Vulgo AnOther RTE Arena Near FM Various online blogs and journals.

‘A Plan to Save Smithfield Square’ The Irish Times, April 9th 2011

Hot Press Article June 2011

Totally Dublin Culture Feature July 2011

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ARTICLES REVIEWS PRESS

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PREVIOUS POSTERS EXHIBITIONS Below are a selection of posters from previous exhibitions in BLOCK T.


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PARTNERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS


MAP AND IMAGES BLOCK T

1-6 HAYMARKET SMITHFIELD DUBLIN 7 www.blockt.ie info@blockt.ie studios@blockt.ie visualarts@blockt.ie

Follow us on Twitter @BLOCK_T Find us on Facebook search ‘BLOCK T’

Laura GDovn: 0870925849 Ben Readman: 0876777636 Joe Salam: 0873563514 Grace McEvoy: 0879509042

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SUPPORT BLOCK T is kindly supported by:

The Arts Council of Ireland

Dublin City Council

Culture Ireland


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