Taylor Galleries

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Taylor Galleries
Taylor Galleries is located in Central Dublin
Taylor Galleries
Location within Central Dublin
Established1978 (1978)
Location16 Kildare St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Coordinates53°20′22″N 6°15′31″W / 53.3393824°N 6.2585984°W / 53.3393824; -6.2585984Coordinates: 53°20′22″N 6°15′31″W / 53.3393824°N 6.2585984°W / 53.3393824; -6.2585984
TypeContemporary art gallery
FounderJohn Taylor
DirectorJohn Taylor, Patrick Taylor

Taylor Galleries is a contemporary commercial art gallery in Dublin, Ireland.[1]


Taylor Galleries opened in July 1978 ostensibly as a continuation of the Dawson Gallery – a gallery established by Leo Smith in 1944. John Taylor – who worked with the Dawson Gallery since 1964 – continued to run the Dawson Gallery after founder Leo Smith's death in 1977, until the gallery closed in 1978. Taylor opened Taylor Galleries in its place in the same year at 6 Dawson Street.

In 1990, Taylor Galleries relocated to smaller premises at 34 Kildare Street, re-designed by the architect Ross Cahill O'Brien, before moving up the road to the current space at 16 Kildare Street in 1996.[2] Today the gallery is managed by John Taylor and his brother Patrick Taylor.[3]


Taylor Galleries exhibits and sells contemporary and twentieth-century painting, sculpture, print and works on paper by select artists, mostly Irish, who are represented by the gallery. Throughout the year it mounts a series of solo exhibitions by gallery artists and two large group shows, one in summer and one in winter, which often include work by additional invited artists. The gallery’s exhibition space is spread over two floors of a large Georgian house dating from 1759 which retains many of its original features, including its central staircase.[citation needed].

Taylor Galleries also represents several long-term gallery artists' estates, including those of Charles Brady, William Crozier, Conor Fallon, Micheal Farrell, T.P. Flanagan, George Potter, Colin Harrison, Nancy Wynne Jones, Louis le Brocquy, Seán McSweeney, Tony O’Malley and Patrick Scott.[4]

In 2013, the gallery began showcasing the work of emerging and mid-career artists who did not have gallery representation in Dublin through LACUNA. Planned as an intermittent series of exhibitions curated by Sabina Mac Mahon and gallery artist David Quinn.[2][5], four iterations of the project have taken place to date. It runs alongside the gallery’s main programme and embraces experimental and enquiring practices in image- and object-making[6]

In June 2019, Taylor Galleries announce the opening of a new, dedicated print gallery on the second floor of the exhibition space.[7] The print gallery displays limited-edition graphic works (including etchings, aquatints, and lithographs) by gallery artists and is managed by John Taylor's daughter, Jessica Taylor.[citation needed]

Selected gallery artists[edit]


  1. ^ "National Irish Visual Arts Library: Taylor Galleries". www.nival.ie.
  2. ^ a b "VAN March/April 2014: 'The Accidental Gallerist', Sabina MacMahon Talks to Gallerist John Taylor". 10 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Trailblazing sculptor who gave shape to modern Ireland".
  4. ^ "about - Taylor Galleries". www.taylorgalleries.ie. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  5. ^ "LACUNA [ 01 ] - Taylor Galleries". www.taylorgalleries.ie.
  6. ^ "[ lacuna ] - Taylor Galleries". www.taylorgalleries.ie. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  7. ^ "Taylor Galleries on Instagram: "Have you seen our new print gallery?"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  8. ^ "A painter's painter with a cult following — Independent.ie".
  9. ^ "As an artist, William Crozier exuded certainty and self-confidence".
  10. ^ "Going out this weekend? Here's the best of what to see and do".
  11. ^ "How to invest in art — Independent.ie".
  12. ^ "Charles Tyrrell blends wood and metal to beautiful effect".
  13. ^ "What Lies Beneath: Tomnafinnoge by David Quinn — Independent.ie".
  14. ^ "Limerick artist John Shinnors prepares to make his long-awaited comeback".

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