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Part of Crampton Court, which leads into the larger area near the Olympia Theatre.
Part of Crampton Court, which leads into the larger area near the Olympia Theatre.
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This Temple Bar lane is going to be turned into an open-air art gallery

The Love the Lanes project will see artists creating works which will hang at Crampton Court throughout August.
Aug 7th 2014, 8:00 AM 7,587 11

YOU MIGHT NOT normally seek out the laneways in Temple Bar, but a new initiative is aiming to change that.

Love the Lanes, which is run by Dublin City Council and the Temple Bar Company, is trying to open up these spaces and show they don’t need to attract anti-social behaviour to the popular area.

Love the art

The latest Love the Lanes project will involve Ireland’s first open-air art gallery opening in Crampton Court.

Called Outvasion, it will see street and stencil artists creating their work in the city centre at 2.30pm today, with the official opening taking place at 6.30pm.

Artists involved will include ADW, JMK, Morgan, Kin MX and Kemp.

Outvasion was curated and conceptualised by Dublin artist Kemp, and the idea behind it is to give street and stencil artists “a more structured platform” to display their work.

Instead of taking the art off the streets into a gallery environment though, the aim is to take the gallery format and bring it out on to the streets.

The artists will all create the works of art live today at Crampton Court, and the resulting art will hang at the location for the duration of August.

This event takes place from 3-8pm and will include live music. If you’ve ever wondered how street artists approach their urban canvas, it’s sure to be a fascinating look at the process.

The project was set up Temple Bar as not only have many of the lanes fallen into disuse, but they’ve also become magnets for anti-social behaviour.

The hope is that working with artists and cultural groups, the resulting projects will “reanimate the lanes and encourage positive engagement and behaviour”.

This is one of a number of prototypes in Temple Bar’s lanes that will be taking place this year.

What do you think of Love the Lanes?

Read: Creating culture amidst the rubbish in Temple Bar’s lanes>

Read: Fancy yourself as a street artist? The Temple Bar Company want to hear from you>

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