Support BLOCK T's new home

€8,685 of €15,000 goal

Raised by 236 people in 37 months

BLOCK T is excited to announce that we have found a new home in Basin View in Dublin 8, and we are calling on all who care about creative spaces in the city to join us and invest in the future of BLOCK T through our new crowd-funding campaign.

BLOCK T’s story

We in BLOCK T have advocated for the role that creativity and culture has to play in our society for the last six years, through independently providing high quality supports, facilities, activities and events to the public. The intention to start BLOCK T was to create a viable and sustainable entity that would contribute to the generation of jobs in the creative industries, and to support creative practitioners and communities to reimagine Dublin’s urban environments.

Opening its doors in 2010, in the depths of Ireland’s financial crisis, BLOCK T quickly became a vibrant and accessible hub for the local and creative community, and provided a much-needed space where anyone could walk in, visit an exhibition, listen to up and coming Irish musicians and artists, network and share with like-minded people, sign up to a course, seek inspiration, or simply grab a coffee and work on their latest project.

With no start-up investment or loans, we developed revenue streams which allowed it to run independently and sustainably during these years. BLOCK T proved that creativity can flourish even in the depths of an economic downturn, bringing life to an area in much need of rejuvenation.

What kind of Ireland do we want?

We believe that right now the case for promoting and supporting the arts in Ireland has never been stronger. As we experience the upturn in the economy and increased rental costs, we have witnessed the closure of over 50% of Ireland’s grassroots arts organisations over the past two years. BLOCK T is now facing this same challenge with our current building in Smithfield due to be redeveloped, whichmeans we had to move out on March 31st.

Despite these difficult changes taking place, we at BLOCK T want our city to remain a vibrant, colourful place that celebrates its culture and builds communities, providing people with access to creative activities and education. We know we have a role to play, and believe that we can meet new challenges head-on.

Answer the culture call!

The good news is that BLOCK T has met the first of these challenges by finding a new home in Basin View in Dublin 8, which will house shared creative work environments, as well as open plan educational and cultural facilities for the local community.

However, we need your support to make this happen and to ensure BLOCK T survives and thrives into the future. This is a real opportunity for people to act, to intervene and to support something special in Dublin.

Our target in this crowd-funding drive is €15,000. This will provide us with a vital springboard to support some of the costs involved in setting up the new facility for the public.

These costs include: building works to get the place up to scratch, moving and transport costs, paint and materials, security system, a new office computer, a partition for the classroom/workshop space and materials for the courses.

We ask you to consider making a donation in return for a unique reward and encourage you to share this webpage as widely as possible. We believe that every form of support from you, whether itis big or small, is an investment in your creative community and will allow BLOCK T to continue its work of providing a community space for creativity, sharing, learning and expression.

BLOCK T rewards

€10 - a big Thank You on our website

€25 - the above plus a print by a BLOCK T artist

€50 - all of the above plus a poster and a CD record from an artist that has previously played in BLOCK T

€75 - all of the above plus a set of unique postcoards by BLOCK T artist in residence John Rooney

€100 - all of the above plus a 15% discount on a Skillsets course

€250 - all of the above plus a free Skillsets course of your choice

€500 - all of the aboveplus an invite to a special dinner party in BLOCK T’s new home

€1000 - all of the above plus a specially commissioned artwork from one of BLOCK T’s in-house artists

Be part of BLOCK T's community 

An inspiring destination is inclusive, innovative, expressive and reflects all shades of the community it inhabits. The cultural architects and animators of the city, from grassroots organisations to institutions and all in between, are the ones who fuel its beating heart.

We believe that real change can be achieved through people collaboratively coming together to up-skill, share knowledge and express ideas. This is what BLOCK T in its new home will offer.

We seek to bring culture to the people and for the people, advocating that creativity is in all things and should be accessible to everyone fromall backgrounds. We believe that creativity enriches people’s lives and we aspire to influence societal change through this engagement.

Be part of the change, see culture differently.

Patrick Kelleher CD - You Look Good (with €50 reward, Limited)

Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Dead Hands - Golden Syrup Vinyl (in €50 reward, Limited)

John Rooney - BLOCK T Special Edition Print (with €25 reward)

Patrick Kelleher - We Look Colder Remixes (Limited Edition, potluck prizes)

BANTUM - Legion Vinyl - (with €50 reward, Limited)

Sample of John Rooney Postcard Selection  (with €75 reward)

Chequerboard CD - Gotica (with €50 reward, Limited)

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Greetings from BLOCK T. We would like to take this opportunity to give you an update from the year we have had in our new home in Basin View and to tell you what we’ve been up to, and to let you know we are (finally!) ready to distribute our beautiful campaign rewards to YOU! - Just in time for crimbo.

First of all we want to thank you all again for your support throughout our transition from Smithfield this year. It was made all the easier thanks to the donations we received throughout the campaign.

It took us a lot of time and effort getting our new home up to scratch. Our incredible team spent a good six months painting, building, cleaning, organising and administrating the move in and we are still continuously making little improvements every day.

After a much needed break we are slowly but surely getting back up on our two feet. Since the beginning of the summer we have been filling up our workspaces which currently consist of studios, work-pods and a classroom space, and we have just introduced a new affordable open access membership, for those who are looking for somewhere to work throughout the day that isn’t their bedroom! If this strikes your interest you can sign up by emailing Alternatively, you can find our selection of workspaces by checking out our website here. We currently have some vacant workspaces looking for their creative counterpart.

From September we launched a series of creative workshops under our Skillsets programme. We have had courses in Life Drawing, Portfolio Preparation, Oil Painting, Water Colour Painting, DIY Pallet Furniture, Making Stories Through Sound, Machine Sewing, Animation, Ableton and more. Our workshops have been well attended and we are looking forward to planning our educational programme for 2017, which is currently underway. With this in mind, we would like to ask you, is there a course you would like to teach? Is there a course you would like to see available that we currently haven’t offered on our prospectus so far? We are always open to suggestions and are looking for people to collaborate with. Get in touch with us if you think this could be you or if you have any insightful suggestions.

We are feeling the festivities at this time of year and right now we are also offering vouchers for sale for our Skillsets courses. If you would like to treat a loved one to the gift of creativity and learning this Christmas, you can purchase them here:

Another important aspect of our ethos in BLOCK T is to support recent graduates in helping them to develop their professional careers. We have partnered with Fingal County Council Arts Office since 2014 to support early career artists in the development of their practice. This year, in the early summer, we hosted a joint exhibition in Basin View by artists Alex De Roeck and Paddy-Jo Rickard. Their brash and playful show was a much welcomed house-warming to our new abode.

We are also delighted to announce that the recipient of the 2016 graduate award is Laura Skehan. Laura will have a residency in BLOCK T for 12 months which started in October and she will have a solo exhibition with us in the fall of 2017. We look forward to seeing the work she will produce during her time here. You can find out more about Laura on our website here:

The last of our recent graduate announcements is the launch of a timely publication regarding the impact and instrumentalisation of art in Dublin, with a focus on BLOCK T in Smithfield, by artist and the 2014 graduate award winner, Kerry Guinan. Kerry will be launching her research publication in The Generator Hostel on Thursday 15th December from 6pm-8pm. The artist will present her research and this will be followed by a discussion with the audience. We believe Kerry’s research will be a prominent contribution and critical foundation upon which an alternative cultural vision of Dublin city can be formed. We can’t wait, and we extend an invitation to you all to attend.

Last, but certainly not least, and getting into the spirit of giving this festive season, we would love to invite you all down to BLOCK T at Basin View for a tipple and a chance to collect your campaign reward. We would love to see your merry faces on Tuesday 20th December from 6pm - 9pm to say a big Thank You in person and to give you your gift.

If you can’t make that date - no problem! We will be opening more time slots in the new year for you to come down to collect them. Alternatively, if you can’t swing by, we are posting out our rewards for those too far away to drop in. To arrange this, please email

2016 has been quite a year, I think we can all agree. We are looking forward to being back on our feet with anticipation for what’s to come in 2017. Thanks for your patience, and here’s to a great new year.

Merry Christmas!

Thank you. We love you. Stay tuned.
And hope to see you soon.

Our classroom up and running!
Our first exhibition at Basin View
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We are delighted to announce the upcoming exhibition this Thursday 'The Hike I Never Went On', as part of BLOCK T's FUEL programme in collaboration with Fingal County Council.

This show is an exhibition of works by recent graduates Paddy Joe Rickard and Alex deRoeck and will be on display in BLOCK T's new home in Basin View, Dublin 8.

Exhibition Opening: Thurs June 9th 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition Continues: 10th - 14th June 12pm - 5pm
by appointment only

BLOCK T, 8 Basin View, Dublin 8

This would have not happened without YOUR SUPPORT our dear friends. We really hope to see you there.

more info:

With love <3

' The Hike I Never Went On'
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We are delighted to announce that we are having our first event in our new home and we want to welcome everyone who has supported us to pop in for a glass of wine and check out our new space where we will be exhibiting works by Paddy Joe Rickard and Alex DeRoeck. The exhibition 'The Hike I Never Went On' is part of BLOCK T's programme 'FUEL' in support of recent graduates of the arts and is sponsored by Fingal Arts Council.

We are having an open reception on Thursday June 9th from 6pm - 9pm, we are really looking forward to welcoming you all!

For more information about our exhibition please have a look at our website:!exhibition-the-hike-i-never-went-on/germm
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And what a great morning it is. Feeling the support once again from the RABBLE team who just came out with a great write up on BLOCK T!

Their presence will be missed in our new building, but they will forever remain a part of our FAMILY <3

Spread the LOVE and have a wonderful day!

Come say hello:)
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Ingrid De Doncker
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we should all be supporting the arts!

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