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The Cooler

A new home for jazz and improvised music in Dublin

The Cooler is a landmark collaboration between Improvised Music Company and multi-disciplinary arts venue The Complex.

A former Fyffes banana-ripening unit in The Complex building, amidst the fruit and vegetable market area of Dublin’s North inner city, The Cooler is being redeveloped as a new home for jazz and improvised music in the heart of Dublin 7.

Open since January as a community-driven creative space for rehearsal, development and professional workshops, The Cooler launched as an intimate, small-capacity, club-style performance space in July 2023.

Create at The Cooler is an artist support programme at The Cooler which provides a dedicated space for jazz/creative improvising artists to develop collaborative work, without the financial burden of renting their own premises.

IMC ran a previous development space at The Bunker Studios on Talbot Street for 9 months and is now continuing the work, at The Cooler (12 Mary's Abbey, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 XR70).

Check out our Events Page for upcoming performances and other events at The Cooler

For artists, check out Create at The Cooler to find out more about using the rehearsal/development space

Where we are

The Cooler is upstairs at The Complex Arts Centre, Dublin 7. The Cooler is accessed via the Mary's Abbey door of The Complex (just off the LUAS tracks), NOT the Arran St East entrance to The Gallery.

On Google Maps, search forThe Cooler or The Depot at The Complex (the main performance space downstairs at The Complex). On Google Maps, the address for The Complex generally will bring you to the gallery on Arran St East.

The red line of the LUAS runs very close to The Cooler, taking the stop at Jervis St or at Four Courts.

There is no customer parking available at The Complex. A small gated Dublin City Council car park can be accessed on Marys' Lane, around the corner at standard rates. Jervis Shopping Centre Car Park is also close by. Some street parking is available nearby - days and rates vary, please check signs.

Access notes

The performance space is up two flights of stairs and may be difficult to access for patrons with mobility issues. The space is fully seated. Gender-neutral toilet facilities are available upstairs (a few steps up from the level of The Cooler). Baby-changing facilities are available at The Gallery, downstairs at The Complex (using the Arran St entrance).

If you have any other queries regarding accessibility or require any accommodations for seating etc, please contact us at admin @ improvisedmusic . ie and we will do our best to assist you.

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