Project Arts Centre

Project Arts Centre is a multidisciplinary arts centre based in Temple Bar, Dublin, which hosts visual arts, theatre, dance, music, and performance.[1][2]

Project Arts Centre

Project Arts Centre
Location within Central Dublin
Address 39 East Essex Street,
Temple Bar
Dublin
Ireland
Coordinates

53.345°N 6.26624°W / 53.345; -6.26624

Owner Auditorium 200 seats
Cube 80 seats
Type Theatre and gallery
Construction
Opened 1967 (1967)
Rebuilt 2000
Years active 1966 to present
Architect Shay Cleary Architects
Website
www.projectartscentre.ie

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Project Arts Centre was founded by Jim FitzGerald and Colm O’Briain in 1967 after a three-week festival at the Gate Theatre in 1966. Project Arts Centre was the first such arts centre in Ireland.[3] The Centre had several homes before it opened for business in a converted factory on East Essex Street in 1975,[1] after numerous issues regarding funding.[4] This building was demolished in 1998 and a new purpose-built space containing two auditoriums, a gallery and a bar opened on the same site in 2000,[5] as part of the second phase of the regeneration of Temple Bar.[6] The presence of the Centre, along with a number of other cultural institutions in Temple Bar such as Irish Film Institute, the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Black Church Print Studios, the Gallery of Photography, and Temple Bar Music Centre (now the Button Factory), inspired the regeneration of the area as a cultural quarter.[7][8][9]

The centre has been a venue for many of the city’s performing arts festivals including Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Writers Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival. Since the Irish recession there has been an emphasis on cross cultural productions.[10]

In 2018, street artist Maser painted a mural in support of the Repeal the 8thpro-choice‘ campaign, but the Centre was pressured by the Irish Government to paint over it.[11]

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