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The Icon Factory site has recently been sold and the new landlord wants possession. This action threatens the viability of the Icon Walk project. We will contest this, but it is prudent to seek an alternative site.
We are seeking a similar site within Temple Bar to allow us to continue this highly successful project and maintain and further develop the Icon Walk project. We are not a commercial entity however, and therefore commercial rents are not possible.
We are in Temple Bar to promote Irish culture and art through a selection of Irish icons, we are a small charity, supporting local artists and giving people a chance.
The Icon Factory is the exhibition space , art studio, and store of the Icon Walk Charity (chy 20633) an artist’s cooperative run entirely by artists and volunteers, The Icon Walk is an open air project based in the lanes of Temple Bar dedicated to celebrating Ireland’s cultural heritage through the artistic creation of icons of Irish culture.
The Icon Factory provided a vital part of our project objectives, to give aspiring artists a place to host exhibitions, to provide a working art studio, and to give artists some income through sales of merchandise.
The Icon Factory is adjacent to the Icon Walk making it essential to maintaining the project. Our funding is nearly completely through the Icon Factory.
Do you know what we have done to improve Culture in Dublin?
Established 10 years ago, the Icon Walk is an internationally recognised (UNESCO approved) charity that has been very much involved in reclaiming the lanes of Temple Bar, helping to turn them from no go areas to a much visited part of the city.
We have hosted artworks from hundreds of artists over the years, averaging seven exhibitions per year, giving many artists a start in a difficult area to break into.
We have trained artists, volunteers, international Erasmus students and TÚS employees essential skills in running a small gallery, in becoming working artists, or managing small businesses.
Through our hard work, dedication, and pure perseverance, we have succeeded where others failed, we have heightened awareness of Irish cultural icons, we have provided employment and experience through the 'back to work' scheme, we have brought life back to the lanes of Dublin through art.