CIACLA is conceived and led by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan of MART Gallery & Studios Dublin, with support from the Government of Ireland: Emigrant Support Programme.

Meet the Directors


Ciara Scanlan

Executive Director

If something is happening she has helped produce it ..

Ciara Scanlan is an artist and curator based in Dublin. She is Co Founder of MART & CIACLA. She has MA in Art in the Digital World from NCAD Dublin and graduated from Crawford College of art in 2005 with a First class BA in Fine Art.

Scanlan's own Art practice she is interested in the ever-present force of the media and its ability to both unify and segregate society and works primarily through the medium of Video, performance and interventions.


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Matthew Nevin

Executive Director

Matthew is constantly on a mission to develop new opportunities..

Matthew is an Irish visual artist, designer and curator. He is Co Founder of MART & CIACLAMatthew completed a Degree in Film & TV and Scenography from UWA in 2006 and a Masters in Art in the Contemporary World from NCAD in 2013.  

Through his artwork Matthew has secured funding from Culture Ireland, The Arts Council of Ireland, Galway, Kildare & Dublin City Council’s, Visual Artists Ireland, and received a commission from Ralph Lauren. 


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Meet the Team


Katherine Nolan

Performance Curator

An artist, lecturer and curator specialising in gender and new media. With particular focus on tensions between the experiential and the spectacular body, her research investigates gender, identity and desire in the context of digital cultures.



Deirdre Morrissey


Deirdre has extensive experience as a curator working with artists led initiatives for the last 10 years. She received a BA In Fine Art from DIT and  MA Vis in Visual Art Practices from DLIADT.  Deirdre also works as MART's Gallery Manager in Dublin.



Bernard O'Rourke

Marketing Assistant

Bernard is on a mission to make sure you and our local and international followers know everything CIACLA & MART is up to and has done! Leading campaigns our Social Media. Bernard has a BA in English and Philosophy from NUI Maynooth and a Masters in Journalism from DIT.


MART is an Irish arts organisation founded in 2007 by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan. With the help of a skilled team, our mission is to provide creative art studios and promote contemporary art through an engaging curatorial programme.

Gallery & Curation

Nevin & Scanlan have curated over 100 artists through previous exhibitions, events, festivals and art fairs across Ireland, UK, Europe, USA & Japan. In 2012 the pair embarked on a 16 month journey to transform the old Rathmines Fire Station, launching two galleries in 2013 as a new home for contemporary art in Ireland. MART primarily supports sculpture, video, new media, installation and performance, art making practices that break new ground, that test and stretch the material and immaterial, and challenge conventions of ‘the norm’. In 2016 we had our biggest reach to date, as we signed on eight Artists to be represented by The MART Gallery in a first for the organisation. MART’s 2017 programme was supported by The Irish Arts Council.


We are the largest supplier of independent, affordable space for the arts, cultural and creative community in Dublin city. We operate to develop and promote contemporary art. We now support over 170 members in eight studio buildings across Dublin. Check out our studios info pack.


In the past MART has run successful platforms for the showcase of contemporary art through our Hired Gallery ProgrammeResidency SpaceOnline GalleryProject Space, and MARTExperiments.  MART has received local and international Press through strong marketing drives. Check out our latest booklet and other publications.


  • We are an artist-led, self-sustaining organisation for the development and promotion of contemporary art. We firmly believe in the self-determining artist and art organisation, as a vital societal and cultural catalyst.
  • We practice facilitative and collaborative methods of curation and art production, led by and for the artist, and their practice.
  • We develop creative platforms to support and challenge artists and as a means of promoting cultural leadership.
  • We support contemporary art through public engagement, while providing opportunities for artists through local and international exhibitions
  • We use methods of pooling resources, problem-solving, exchange and cooperation to resource art, develop and build artistic and civic communities.
  • We advocate for contemporary art, and the artist, through engagement with civic bodies, political representatives, public funding bodies, local and national businesses, national and international cultural bodies and institutions.
  • We seeks to create opportunities in which practitioners are encouraged to take risks and move beyond traditional models of exhibition and art-making.