Temple Bar, Dublin’s cultural quarter?
A New Project by Conor McGarrigle
commissioned by The Project Arts Centre, Dublin as part of the Graham Parker curated exhibition/event ‘We’re Not Really Here’
Temple Bar is an area in the centre of Dublin designated as ‘Dublin’s cultural quarter’, visitors to Dublin will know it as the tourist heart of Dublin. Originally Temple Bar was a run down area where cheap rents attracted artists and musicians making it one of the liveliest areas in the city. In fact it was so successful the Government stepped in and spent millions turning the area into ‘Temple Bar Dublin’s Cultural Quarter’ – a showcase for urban renewal and a tourist paradise. Unfortunately artists can no longer afford to live and work in Temple Bar so Dublin’s cultural quarter is an artist free zone.
www.temple-bar.org is a parallel site to the ‘real’ Temple Bar site www.temple-bar.ie which will symbolically reclaim Temple Bar for artists by competing with the official site for the search term ‘temple bar dublin’s cultural quarter’. Redirected visitors will be treated to a new artwork every two days for the 28 day duration of the exhibition.
Temple Bar Dublin’s cultural quarter
We’re Not Really Here
The Project Arts Centre