False Memory Syndrome, curated by Rayne Booth, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, until 26 Sept, 2013

Four artists respond to Temple Bar Gallery + Studios history archive and place

Michael Boran, Sabina Mac Mahon, Alan Phelan, Sarah Pierce

In 2013, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios celebrates its 30th Anniversary. The organisation was founded in 1983 by Jenny Haughton, who invited a group of artists to claim space within a semi derelict factory building in Temple Bar. Through the vision and determination of a number of individuals, over the intervening years the building was transformed into a purpose built complex of artists work spaces and a gallery. TBG+S has been a site where countless new projects, practices, friendships and careers have been created over the last 30 years , and at the same time much has been lost. Memories remain in the minds of the artists who worked and continue to work at TBG+S. Paper files have been discarded, or archived at the National Irish Visual Arts Library. Computer files have been left on old hard drives, never to be recovered.

In the exhibition False Memory Syndrome, four artists draw on material gathered together during the process of researching a new publication Generation: 30 years of Creativity at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. These artists were invited, because of their history with TBG+S, to exhibit art works that respond to the gathered research, and to their experiences of the building and its inhabitants. In the exhibition, and alongside the publication, they present alternative histories for TBG+S, picking out important moments in the history of the organisation as a starting point for new works.


Round Table Discussion: Tues. 25 Sept. 2013,  at 5pm

A round table discussion chaired by Sarah Pierce between the artists in the exhibition and the curator, Rayne Booth, will take place on Tuesday 24 September at 5pm. The discussion will focus on the subjects of institutional memory, fictional institutions, and the archive. Places for the discussion are free but limited, to reserve a place, click:


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