About Us

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The Olivier Cornet Gallery opened its doors at 1 The Wooden Building in Temple Bar on January 2012 when the independent curator, fine art consultant and artists' agent French-born Olivier Cornet decided to go for a more 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 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.

As a gallerist, I continue to organise contemporary art exhibitions in various venues in Dublin and other locations in Ireland but having a 80 square metre gallery and office in the city centre means that you can come and see works by the gallery's 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 home to Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, The Dublin Writers Museum, The Irish Writers' Centre, The James Joyce Centre, and of course the O'Reilly Theatre at Belvedere College, our next door neighbour.

Looking forward to your visit and don't forget 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

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