10 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2

email: commonplaceprojects@gmail.com

Possibilities II 2012

Hoovering Carpet Pattern of Peas 2008

Sally Timmons

Sally Timmons is an artist based in Dublin city. She uses photography, drawing and moving image to make artworks that mostly examine phenomenon such as boredom, neurosis and self – improvement.

Timmons is founder and director of Commonplace and has worked on a number of independent curatorial ventures including Rigor Mort - an exhibition and book about loss 2007, The Temporary Collection - Castletown House, Kildare 2008, Based On Our Current Science - Gallery of Photography, Dublin 2008 and her ongoing commissioning venture Commonplace Projects (commissioning editioned artworks).

Timmons continues to hold an interest in collaborative endeavour through various associations with artist-led groups such as, Via, Projector Collective, The Moore Street Lending Library (all Dublin based), Platform (in Finland) and N55 (Denmark)



Rendezvous (detail)

Ashleigh Downey

Ashleigh Downey is a visual arts practitioner, currently living in Dublin. As former Visual Arts Programmer at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, Ashleigh has programmed, curated and project managed a number of flagship visual art projects. These include Crafted Creatures, Earth Explorers, and Exhibit Me! In 2011 she co-curated Outside the Lines, a contemporary drawing exhibition for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. This summer Ashleigh managed and developed the Soul Kids area for the Body and Soul Festival 2012; was also artist and volunteer co-ordinator for the children’s area at the Electric Picnic 2011.

From 2004-06 Ashleigh acted as voluntary Arts officer for The Pact Woodland Project in Tymon Park. Worked as Assistant Curator to the Collection Department at The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), from 2006-08. Ashleigh is also part of the artist panel at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, since 2001.

Ashleigh’s own practice explores the use of natural and found forms. She has exhibited internationally, with one of her pieces now part of a permanent collection in Canton, NY. Combined with an active interest in audience participation and collaboration, her most recent consideration lies with the exploration of art as a form of interactive engagement.

Most recently Ashleigh, alongside 2 other arts practitioners, was awarded both an arts grant from Dublin City Council, and a Youth Arts Incubation Award 2012 by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

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Joanne Boyle

Joanne Boyle is an artist based in Dublin. She graduated with a BA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT in 2009. Her practice explores notions of the void, infinity and negative capability through text, drawing, time-based sculptural installations and paint.  Joanne has been working with her own practice for 10 years now which has included dance, movement, costume and special effects make up, in both a film setting and a theatrical setting.

Joanne uses dance and the language of the body to inform a lot of her work, which can have a performative quality to it. Although she never appears in the work as a performer, she uses the body as a tool to explore concepts of spacial mapping.  

Previous Occupants

Web Text Berghain

New Work 2011

Emma Haugh

Emma Haugh has been involved in and associated with Photography, Club promotion, Dj-ing, Theatre and Performance alongside Youth and Community Arts Training for more than fifteen years. Since graduating from The Dublin Intstitute of Technology with a BA Honours Degree in Photography in 2010, she continues to practice as a photographer but has shifted her attention from the documentation of events to a more speculative investigation that uses more than just photography as a means to communicate her personal experiences and observations of sub - cultures. Haugh was resident artist at Commonplace during Autumn/Winter 2010/11.


The unfolding moment 2007

Crushing Spring 2007(detail)

Isabel Nolan

Nolan’s work encompasses drawings, paintings, animation, mixed media sculptures and most recently, embroidery and fabric hangings. Distance, both notional and physical, is an enduring preoccupation, and the work delineates real and imaginary relationships. The work is intimate, informal and relatively modest in scale. Frequently it features abstract forms, representational imagery and text - some or all of which are at times combined in individual pieces.

Recent solo exhibitions include ‘This time I promise to be more careful’, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 2007, a Douglas Hyde Gallery 3 project at Farmleigh, Dublin, 2006, a show at The Studio for the Glasgow International, 2006 and ‘Everything I said let me explain’, Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2005. Selected group exhibitions include ‘Like leaves’ in the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, 2007.  ‘Lost tongues rediscovered’ Stroom, Den Haag, 2007, ‘If I can’t dance…’, De Appel, Amsterdam, 2006, ‘Are we alone?’ Glass Box, Paris, 2006, and ‘Ireland at Venice’, the 51st Venice Biennale, 2005.

Nolan is also a co-founder & asst. editor of the fanzine ‘feint’. e: feintis@gmail.com Born Dublin, 1974, e: issienolan@hotmail.com