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Address: 4 Aston Place | Temple Bar, Dublin Dublin 2, Ireland
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+353 86 412 7999

The Icon Factory is a not-for-profit co-operative of artists and is staffed...

The Icon Factory is a not-for-profit co-operative of artists and is staffed by volunteers. Members of the artist’s co-operative produce images of icons of Irish culture for display on the Icon Walk. These are reproduced in the Icon Factory and are available in various forms in the Icon Factory shop. Fine art prints, posters and other items bearing the reproduced icons are available for sale. Artists donating an original work depicting an icon from Irish culture are given solo exhibition opportunities in the Icon Gallery. We have hosted exhibitions by many of Dublin’s up and coming young artists and have new exhibitions planned for 2013. The Icon Factory workshop allows artists to learn reproduction methods, and to experiment with new techniques. The Icon Factory also welcomes international students and interns who work alongside the regular volunteers. We have also begun a partnership with the Department of Geography at NUI Maynooth for research students taking the Art and Space Module who will work with the Icon Factory artists and volunteers. The Icon Factory has many international customers and hopes to attract many more through our new On-Line shop. The Icon Factory is committed to promoting artists, to providing training and experience to artists and to promoting Irish cultural heritage at home and abroad. The Icon Factory is established as a not-for-profit enterprise and is funded entirely by donations from local businesses, individuals and artists.

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Open air museum piece

I loved this and learned so much about the history of Irish culture. Writing, music, fashion, sport etc are covered in this lovely, quirky, street-based museum piece that pays... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

I loved this and learned so much about the history of Irish culture. Writing, music, fashion, sport etc are covered in this lovely, quirky, street-based museum piece that pays tribute to many of Ireland's cultural icons. Informative and engaging with some great murals/art to accompany. A very worthwhile 30 mins or so if you're passing through Temple Bar.

Thank dughall
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

We stumbled across this little treasure whilst on a trek to visit The Brazen Head. Set off the south bank of the Liffey, the Icon Factory is set in narrow streets that were once a hub of 'questionable' activities in the city. A lot of hard work and community spirit has been invested in this area to create an inspiring... More 

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Carlisle, PA
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

While in the Temple Bar, my wife and I took a short cut though a side street and suddenly noticed walls of murals that celebrated authors and other artists. This is a project of something called "The Icon Factory," and you should make a point of seeing this when in Dublin. The postings celebrate people in the arts, sports, politics,... More 

Thank willgal
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

You wouldn't believe how few Dubliners even know this exists. I stumbled upon The Icon Walk recently and I love it. A series of panels/murals celebrating Irish icons (writers, musicians, sport stars). It is well worth a look but watch out as there can be a bit of wildlife in the lane-ways in the form of drug users etc.

Thank davidghalpin
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Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

Well I just saw the previous Tripadvisor comments. My experience yesterday was simply disgusting! Temple Bar Saturday at 1pm was throbbing. Music could be heard and there was s big crowd outside the nearest pub - and a lovely sunny day. My objective was to view the Icon Walk. It's on Bedford Lane. The Lane actually stinks! Obviously many people... More 

Thank A228
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 February 2016

This is a fantastic little place in the heart of Dublin, in the Templebar district. It has a gallery which contains some wonderful works from new Irish artists, which I know will interest a lot of people. But what most people don't know (including myself until recently) is that it has a wonderful gift shop which sells a lovely selection... More 

Thank declyons
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Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

After viewing the Icon Walk in Temple Bar, we chatted with Aga who has her own art studio at Icon Factory. She is so sweet and her art is wonderful. She'll even sign her work for you. Wonderful experience and great for getting souvenirs that aren't generic.

2 Thank Natalie F
Tumbi Umbi, Australia
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Reviewed 15 June 2015 via mobile

An enthusiastic welcome from Aga, who has her studio on site, who showed us her works in progress before showing us to the small retail space. The shop is not for profit and is run for the benefit of the artists which means it is the perfect place to find a unique souvenir of your visit.

2 Thank Jane J
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 17 February 2015

I didn't actually go into the shop, but am writing here today about the art that is on the buildings in the immediate are by the Icon Factory which I think the volunteers of said establishment are responsible. Myself and my daughter spente half an hour admiring the various murals which were basically about past and modern Irish Icons, I... More 

2 Thank Theycallitmadness
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

Wandering around Temple Bar is interesting but mainly touristic until...you happen onto a genuinely exciting area of decrepit alleys where lurks really subversive art painted onto walls of buildings and wherever by a collective(?) of young artists who are attempting, and doing an excellent job of it, to breathe quality and originality onto the streets of Dublin. We own and... More 

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