Established by Dublin City Council in 2006, the LAB aims to provide opportunities to artists to further their practices at crucial stages of their careers. In particular, the organisation is committed to supporting emerging artists with first solo shows, while also working with more established artists investigating new and diverse practices. The LAB engages in dialogue with a range of curators, artists and audiences through talks, seminars and publications, expanding enquiry and developing new audiences for the visual arts. Previous exhibitions include a solo show by Seamus Nolan; The Irish Artist-led Archive, curated by Megs Morley and Trapezium; and an exhibition of new work by artists' collective Jeco Sword. A new book, edited by Gemma Tipton and with essays by Mick Wilson and Joseph Wolin, features the 40 exhibitions to date.
Dublin City Council