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This non profit venue is the only gallery in Ireland devoted exclusively to photography. It holds around ten exhibitions a year and hosts work by both Irish and international photographers. The building's glass façade is one of the finest examples of contemporary architecture in the city. It also offers a variety of seminars and workshops. Spread over four floors, the gallery is also an excellent source of photographic gifts, books and cards. The shop has an excellent selection of original prints from Irish and international photographers and the stock changes regularly.
Located in a restored Georgian House in Temple Bar, this non-profit library and archive features the only major specialist collection of manuscript and recorded music by contemporary Irish composers. Included in the collection are some 3000 scores and 5000 recordings, while the centre's comprehensive database can also be accessed by visitors. A wide variety of specialist publications and CDs can be purchased at the reception area.
This Cultural Quarter Center in Dublin re-shaped the history of Temple Bar because it inspired it to develop and re-structure itself, thus leading to a project that was guided by an artist-led community. Support has been immense since the time of its reconstruction. The physicality of the location transcends itself into cultural activities, markets and movie festivals, so that you can have a host of things to do on the weekends. Bridging the Irish community together as critics say, The Outside Visual Arts (OVA) started by the Cultural Centre, gives a platform for world class performances and exposure to internationally acclaimed artists. Bands like Metallica have been featured at this center and for the sound of music, you can attend the Guitar Festival of Ireland that takes place.
As one of the most successful developments in Temple Bar, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) will keep the most discerning culture-vulture entertained for hours. Film buffs will enjoy the two art-house cinemas and fairly comprehensive bookshop. The café/bar/restaurant is worth visiting in its own right if only to marvel at the award-winning architecture, as this light-filled building was constructed from the space between two older houses. The IFI also regularly hosts festival screenings, seminars, and workshops. A fun and relaxing place in which to spend an hour or two.
Formerly located in the National Library's Kildare Street premises, the National Photographic Archive is now housed in an excellent purpose-built space in Temple Bar. The archive is dedicated solely to the preservation and care of the library's photographic collections, and facilities include a reading room, a darkroom and a small retail area. Currently, the Archive features an exhibition of photographs taken from the Commissioners of Irish Lights. Admission: Free.