Bring Your Own Art Art Show at Lucky’s Bar

Lucky’s Bar on Meath Street. Photograph by Eibhin Kavanagh.

Lucky’s Bar on Meath Street are holding their second Bring Your Own Art Art Show after the success of their first one.

Inspired by a similar event in New York, artists around Dublin are invited to hang their paintings, photos or “napkin scribbles” on the wall and wait for a sale. It operates on a first come first serve basis, for both the customers and the artists. It’s free to display art, but pre-registration is necessary.

The event welcomes artists of any level to display and sell their work, with 30% of the proceeds going to Inner City Helping Homeless. One of the owners of Lucky’s Bar and co-organiser of the event, John Mahon, said that the bar does not take any of the proceeds.

“The only money that’s involved here is when an artist sells their work we don’t, as organisers, take any commission.”

Mahon also explained how the event benefits everyone. “Let’s say a student illustrator from NCAD hanging beside a far better-known artist on the wall. It’s open. It’s democratic like that,” he said. Only one print is permitted per artist, and a sale is guaranteed. “Everything sells on the night between a certain period of time.”

The first BYOAAS was held in February, and Mahon mentioned that there was a great turn out of 47 artists. He hopes for the same, if not more, this time around.

The event is part of annual conference for design and creative industries Offset, which highlights different speakers and artists, as well as holding various events around the city.

More information and the rules of the event can be found on the BYOAAS Dublin x Offsite Facebook page, or by following their Instagram @bringyourowndub. To contact them directly, their email is The event begins at 7:30 PM on April 5th. Artists are asked to arrive at 6:30 PM to set up.

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