Volunteers  Paul Gay, Elsa Isnard, Aggie Bryla and Philip Kenny  outside the Exchange collective arts centre in Temple Bar, which is being closed down. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There was once a shop in west Temple Bar with a €50,000 sofa in its window. Then came the recession, the shop disappeared and the space was filled wit(...)

At Exchange Dublin all decisions are made collectively. Photograph: Dave Meehan

At Exchange Dublin, a free space run by an arts co-operative on Exchange Street in west Temple Bar, all decisions are made collectively. Participants (...)