Hen's Teeth are opening a new permanent gallery and cultural space in Dublin 8 and is looking for people to support a new resource space for local artists.
As vast swathes of Dublin's city centre are being demolished, and aparthotels, hotels and student accommodation spring up on every corner, despair about the cultural future of the capital and the ever-dwindling nightlife looms large.
Thankfully, there is growing number of voices, events and spaces kicking against the homogenisation of the city.
In recent weeks, online communities have encouraged the further scrutinising of planning proposals for Newmarket Square, once the site of the much-loved Dublin Flea Market.
While not far away, interest in the future of Player Wills Factory on the South Circular Road is growing, thanks to the Players Please Facebook page, and Dublin Inquirer can always be relied upon for cutting through planning lingo.
Now Fade Street's Hen's Teeth are on the move – to the end of Fumbally Lane in Dublin 8 specifically – to set up a new culture and arts event space.
Hen's Teeth shopfront collaboration with Trevor Finnegan
Although their short-term lease has come to the end, and their temporary shopfront transformations with creatives like Trevor Finnegan and Annie Atkins will be much-missed additions to the streetscape, they are sunny about their new home.
Rosie Gogan-Keogh explains, “It's huge and all open-plan so we'll have this totally modular gallery-slash-events space with a café. The geniuses at Hang Dai Chinese are concepting the menu for us at the moment."
Already known for putting on creative events and exhibitions, as well as operating as a shop and studio, excitement is building for Hen’s Teeth's new place.
Hen's Teeth's cafe plans by AB Projects
They are working with Image Interiors & Living 2019 Design Award nominees AB Projects on the plans. "The design is spearheaded by Ahmad Fakhry, their creative director, who saw our vision and multiplied it times a million," says Rosie. "His use of unusual materials is amazing, I'm particularly in love with a multicoloured plastic that will be dotted throughout and is made from recycled bottle caps."
Pledges start at €25 and are staggered with rewards as far as €5,000, and the project will only be Kickstarter-funded if they manage to reach €40,000 by the end of September.
Rosie sums it up, "We're at an incredibly exciting time in Irish culture and we want to build a vibrant, multi-use cultural space for Dublin where we can continue work with artists from Ireland and around the world."
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