3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
087 288 7261

Tues to Friday: 11am - 6pm (8pm on Thurs)
Sat & Sun: 12 noon - 5pm

About Us


Now based at 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, the Olivier Cornet Gallery first opened its doors at The Wooden Building in Temple Bar in January 2012 when the independent curator, fine art consultant and artists' agent French-born Olivier Cornet decided to go for a permanent space (having organised and curated exhibitions of Irish-based visual art in various locations under the name Olliart since 2004).

'A Terrible Beauty', with Kelly Ratchford's 'Human Right?' series of works, at the Octagonal Room, City Assembly House, Dublin, February 2015. Photo by Michael O'Dwyer

"In May 2013, I was on the move again working in spaces as diverse and versatile as Filmbase or Smock Alley Theatre for instance, while still on the lookout for a base to operate from.

In January 2014, I found a new base at 5 Cavendish Row (at the start of Parnell Square, just opposite the famous Gate Theatre). We would have loved to stay but with the sale of the building, we had to find new premises. And we did! The gallery is now located at 3 Great Denmark Street, just opposite Belvedere Hotel. We are so pleased to have been able to stay in the area.

I continue to organise and curate contemporary art exhibitions in various venues in Dublin and in other locations in Ireland but having a 80 square metre space in the city centre, I am now in a position to promote and sell the work of my artists in a more private environment and in the heart of the newly designated Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. This area, located at the top of O'Connell Street, is also known as the literary quarter and it is home to Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, The Dublin Writers Museum, The Irish Writers' Centre, The Garden of Remembrance,The James Joyce Centre and of course the O'Reilly Theatre at Belvedere College, our next door neighbour.

I look forward to your visit. Remember to check our 'News' and 'Exhibitions' sections on this website to find out about current and future exhibitions and events as well as their locations."

Olivier Cornet, gallerist and curator

"To be successful it is essential to know your market in order to develop it and bring the essential entities together with beneficial outcomes for all concerned. Cornet takes this activity to a different level. He has an unshakeable desire to increase interest in the visual arts and facilitate connections with a broad range of arts practices. He starts from the premise that his gallery is part of a local cultural hub which he is actively promoting. Within that space he encourages artistic interaction with a variety of art forms with the intent of fostering creativity. He has also created a very successful online presence and a dynamic social media profile which hugely extends the range and definition of his gallery’s reach."

From 'The French new wave, Gerry Walker welcomes an alternative to the conventions of gallery management in the work of Olivier Cornet', Irish Arts Review magazine, Summer edition, June-August 2016.

"Every visit to Dublin's cultural quarter should start ... and finish here!

Whether you like the past and you are an old buildings aficionado or interested in learning a place (and a time ...) through its living artists or if, like me, you are into both, you are in the right place. If you catch it at a time of some quirky activity like a workshop or storytelling, even better. This gallery is one of a kind. That's the sort of place I look for in every city I visit. It usually comes in the guise of a local market, a bookshop or cafe, but this is actually a gallery!"

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