The Complex is a multi-disciplinary arts movement, located in the heart of Dublin’s northwest inner city. Since beginning, it has been committed to utilizing vacant spaces and transforming them into centres of professional arts practice, breathing creativity into the community. It makes its own original work in theatre, visual art, film, and young people’s work. It curates an annual arts programme based on a mixture of its own work and the work of professional visiting artists. It also runs an arts programme for community-based organisations such as the High Hopes Community and produces a Halloween Festival with the local residents. Its main objective is to make quality arts available to everyone.

The Complex is interested in work that is of meaningful social value and therefore endeavours to create an inclusive space allowing for greater accessibility and public engagement with the arts, for the local and wider community. Since 2009 it has enjoyed a nomadic existence, creating bases in several sites in the North West inner city. Since May 2015, it has found a new permanent home in Little Green Street, Dublin 7. The former fruit factory aesthetic creates the ideal setting for its main theatre/ exhibition space, nine artist’s studios and a contemporary gallery space, which hosts the Ground Floor Gallery for emerging artists managed by Mark O’Gorman.


The Complex has received support from Dublin City Council, The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Arts Council, CDYSB, Leargas and the Smithfield and Stoneybatter Business Association.



Staff Members:

Vanessa Fielding, Artistic Director:   Vanessa is programming our third year 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 ‘F.A.T. D.A.D.’,‘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  ‘FAT DAD’ a new play by Anthony Goulding.

Stephen Bourke, Technical Manager:    A trained actor, Stephen has 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.

 Anthony Goulding, Complex Youth Theatre Director:   Anthony is a professional playwright and drama facilitator. His productions as writer include “F.A.T. D.A.D.”, “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 for 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.


Board Members:

Brian Montague (Chair), Edel McCabe, Tom Mulligan, Tom Walsh, Caitriona Lambert, Dick Gleeson, Feidlim Cannon.


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