The Complex is run by creative artists. Since February 2009 we have staged a rich programme of artistic and cultural productions, exhibitions and events in the Dublin 7 area. From our original home in Smithfield Square, and more recently our base at Benburb Street, we have now moved into our new permanent premises at Little Green Street, next to the old Fruit and Vegetable Market.

Our new arts centre features nine artist’s studios as well as two performance areas, rehearsal and exhibition space.

As the North West Inner City’s new live arts centre, The Complex complements the regeneration of the Markets quarter, attracting people from the locality and beyond to this historically rich and significant area of Dublin’s Inner City.

Our focus is on powerful work with social value, presented through an exciting innovative programme of original theatre, inspiring visual arts, music, comedy, dance and circus.


Staff Members:

Vanessa Fielding, Artistic Director:   Vanessa is programming our first season of mixed arts, including indigenous work made by The Complex artists. Her own discipline as a theatre maker, has led her to direct many productions, the highlights of which are ‘Green’, ‘Complexity’, ‘Iron’ for The Complex, ‘Kiss of the Spiderwoman’ for Co-Motion, ‘Gaslight’ for Druid, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ for the Lyric, Belfast, ‘You Never Can Tell’ West Yorkshire Playhouse, ‘Lovers’ Young Vic, ‘The Woman Destroyed’ Lyric, London, UK and European tour. She is particularly interested in theatre presentation of a non-traditional kind, and has transposed eight Northside-Dublin vacant sites into places for professional arts practice to achieve open plan and accessible engagement, most notably in Smithfield Square from 2009-2012. Later this year, she hopes to direct ‘Two Way Mirror’ by Arthur Miller and in 2016 ‘FAT DAD’ a new play by Anthony Goulding.

Annemarie Kilshaw, Visual Arts Director:   Annemarie is a visual artist living and working in the Dublin 7 area. Her exhibitions include ‘Yawn’, a group show in The Complex, Smithfield, and ‘Wait’ a solo show, housed in a vacant butcher’s shop on Benburb Street, addressing reproductive rights for women. Annemarie is an experienced curator and is responsible for the visual art programming for The Complex. She will also manage the new studio spaces opening in September 2015.

Anthony Goulding, Youth Theatre Director:   Anthony is a professional playwright and drama facilitator. His productions as writer include “Green” – nominated best new play, Irish Times/ESB National Theatre Awards 1999, ”Tell Tales”, “Complexity”, “On The Batter”, as well as short film “Bumble’s Burden” starring Tommy Tiernan.  He co-founded Complex Youth Theatre which has written and devised productions such as ”Her Eyes They Shone Like Diamonds”, “Benny’s War”, “13 Articles”, “Many Voices One Say” and more.   Anthony facilitates drama in schools and youth groups along with programmes for the Abbey Theatre, including the highly successful, “Me Mollser”. He is on the Poetry Ireland ”Writers in Schools & Writers in Prison” panel.

Stephen Bourke, Technical Manager:    A trained actor, Stephen worked extensively as Production Manager with Bedrock Productions and numerous other companies and organisations including for the first years of Dublin Fringe Festival and also for the Project Arts Centre.  Following a corporate stint in the U.K., he returned in 2012 and has since been extremely busy in reprising this role on a freelance basis as well as enjoying being Technical Manager of The Complex.


Board Members:

Brian Montague (Chair), Elaine Nevin, Tom Mulligan, Tom Walsh, Caitriona Lambert, Dick Gleeson, Niamh Collins, Edel McCabe.


Artistic Patrons:

Colm O’Snodaigh, Olwen Fouéré, Amanda Coogan, Cindy Cummings, Mark O’Halloran.


Solicitor: Niamh Doherty, Becker Campion Solicitors, Kreston House, Arran Court, Dublin 7

Accountant: Paul White, Raymond Hunt Accountants, 5 Grosvenor Square, Dublin 6

Insurer: Claire Dumbrell,


Reg no: 463933

Charity no: CHY18775