An exhibition of new work by ten artist – led collectives at The Irish Museum of Contemporary Art Curated Paul Murnaghan and Sally Timmons.

The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday the 28th of March and runs for four weeks, 12.00 – 18.00 hrs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This inaugural exhibition will bring together ten artist-led organisations currently working in Ireland and ask them to consider the question, how do we think?

This question is also an invitation that stipulates that the answer be articulated as a new collaborative, physical artwork. The exhibition will include over thirty artists, most of whom are well known in both Irish and International contemporary art circles and all of whom are working to a contemporary budget.

IMOCA (The Irish Museum of Contemporary Art) is a recently established artist – led initiative situated in Inchicore, Dublin. It includes two spaces of 560 m2 and 100m2 and is three minutes walk from the Blackhorse stop on the LUAS red line. The exhibition entitled THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is open to the public from Saturday the 28th of March.

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IMOCA invited Paul Murnaghan to curate it’s inaugural exhibition. Murnaghan devised the curatorial concept and invited Sally Timmons to co-curate.

Paul Murnaghan and Sally Timmons are Dublin based artists who have both founded and worked in collaboration with numerous artist-led projects and collectives in Ireland and abroad. Murnaghan and Timmons have both undertaken artists residencies at Platform (an artist – led collective in Northern Finland that runs an international residency programme and provides a cutting edge exhibition programme of contemporary art). Both have also completed a Masters Degree in Visual Art Practices at IADT Dun Laoghaire.

Murnaghan was director/curator of 5th Gallery (a contemporary platform for visual art, housed in Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse 2000 – 03) and more recently he was curator of ‘’Synesthesia Sat’, the visual arts programme of Birr Arts festival in County Offaly. Timmons is a founder member of Via Artists Group and is founder/director of Commonplace (artists studios and project space in Dublin’s city centre) since 2006.

The collectives include:


What happens when not art is the way forward for art, and the way backward.


Pallas was founded as an artist-run space in 1996 by Brian Duggan and Mark Cullen. In the beginning Pallas was created to provide studios and supportive creative spaces for artists. Over the years Pallas also developed a separate exhibitions agency, with an independent curated policy. In 2007 Pallas Heights, a 3-year project in a block of semi-derelict municipal flats, closed for good with their demolition. In January 2007 Pallas opened Pallas Contemporary Projects, a new exhibition space situated in Dublin 7. Pallas is run by artists Gavin Murphy, Brian Duggan and Mark Cullen. PCP focuses on the exchange of Irish and international artists with a strong conceptual approach working in different media and one-off projects with invited guest curators..



Jeco Sword is a Dublin based artists collective consisting of Janine Davidson, Clodagh Emoe, Sinead O’Reilly and Orla Whelan. To date Jeco Sword have produced two exhibitions, Dweller, 2005 and Trapezium, 2008.

As a group we think while we make. Our new work, An Everywhere is a collaborative piece made from drawings and paintings, cut outs and collages. These elements inhabit a makeshift platform, a place with no fixed positions and multiple narratives. In this sense An Everywhere describes how we think – a process where ideas are bounced around and performed without hesitation.


MART refers to itself as an initiative, a platform for New Media, Installation and Performance Artists to launch themselves. As a group we often communicate and develop through Cyber Space and Exhibitions. We showcase work online and in temporary city centre gallery spaces. Our aim is to promote and showcase new and contemporary artists. We encourage our Art to be accessible, innovative and inclusive. We believe Art should have no borders, no preconceptions or monetary persuasion, eliminate the conceited, be timeless and inspire.



In response to the question ‘How do we think?’, Monster Truck issued an open call inviting artists to freely exchange their work. These artists are participants in an action and installation called ArtSwap. The submissions received were in no way curated or selected and the call was open to any artist wanting to participate.

The process of organising ArtSwap raised many questions around issues of taste, ownership, subjectivity, elitism, fairness, value and censorship. The work you see here is to be exchanged randomly on 27th March in a bingo-style draw and will remain in the space until the close of exhibition.



The work in this group show revolves around the fragmented processes of the art collective. Some members of the Mongrel Foundation are either out of the country, very busy or even uncontactable leaving the possibility of creativity, an absolute impossibility. With this in mind, the work on show here will take the form of a sound piece lamenting the somewhat state of dysfunction this collective is experiencing at the moment, a requiem to the Mongrel Foundation.



126 is Galway and the west’s first artist-led exhibition space. What started in 2006 in a suburban living room has been built into an innovative and integral part of Galway’s cultural fabric. This installation represents the thinking at 126, constructive and subversive. It takes the traditional notion of the gallery space and challenges it. On the walls, instead of conventional works of art, we have the facade of a construction site, as if everything beyond the confines of the gallery is a work-in-progress. The piece turns the inside outside, the private public and refers to the continued growth of 126.



In Blackletter we meet regularly to discuss ideas for new tools, services and programming for Irish artists to document and publicise their work. We argue the relevance of proffered ideas in a critical environment but without hierarchy, we require full agreement to proceed on any project, and distribute tasks according to skill-set, schedules and fairness. In this way the work we do represents a composite of each of our interests. We use email for sharing research and links and continuing the discussion of future activities. Funding permitting we occasionally outsource tasks to contractors when gaps in our skill-sets require it.



The internal energy (comprising chemical, sensible, nuclear, thermal, latent, energies) of Jennie Moran + Tara Kennedy combine as a result of a gravitational potential energy noted between the 2 masses. The magnitude and direction of the force produced is affected by the combination. (The rate of this force’s momentum cannot be described as constant due to unpredictable variables in either component’s internal energy.) The combined force is always present as mechanical energy, either potential (the work done against a given force) or kinetic (the work required to accelerate an object to a given speed) with positive effects.



The Good Hatchery is an artist led initiative based in the rural location of Daingean Co. Offaly. From here The Good Hatchery endeavours to promote meaningful and contextual art in areas that are often overlooked by contemporary art practice. The Good Hatchery is housed in a converted hayloft, the building and all the materials for its renovation have been sourced for free through recycling systems. The Solution, is a manifestation of our response to the question “How do we think?’ it embodies a desire to highlight, gather and present the beneficial natures of disparate locations around the island of Ireland.