Events - ExhibitionOpen House Irish Architecture Foundation is proud to present Open House Dublin, the biggest celebration of architecture in Ireland. Open House Dublin 2014 will take place from 17 to 19 October 2014. Over one weekend, buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free.   As the city is constantly evolving, Open House Dublin allows you to get close to buildings and urban spaces and offer a new perspective. The festival showcases the wealth and breadth of Irish architecture, from the splendour of Georgian Dublin to the breathtaking contemporary design of our built environment. The event showcases the most iconic buildings in the city as well as the smallest, most beautiful interventions.   The Irish Architecture Foundation, who delivered its first Open House Dublin in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with an estimated 27,000 building visits in 2013.   Open House Dublin is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009-2015. Encore! A History of Dublin Theatre Festival benchmark in the city’s festival calendar, the Dublin Theatre Festival has been a fixture in the capital’s social and cultural life since 1957. Celebrate its illustrious history with a special collection of the festival programmes, posters, photographs and more at Encore! A History of Dublin Theatre Festival, at The Little Museum of Dublin. Launched as part of An Tóstal, a tourism promotion initiative back in the 50s, the Dublin Theatre Festival has seen 55 editions over seven decades, and has always managed to mirror the changing shape of the city and the developing careers of artists and theatre companies. With a longstanding reputation for mixing celebration with provocation, the festival has continually showcased the very best of Ireland without shying away from revealing its uncomfortable truths. With artefacts from private and public collections, theatre-goers and the culturally curious will revel in this excellent exhibition. Admission is free with any Dublin Theatre Festival 2014 ticket stub. Karl Burke: Sound Installation Culture Night 2014 at Stoneybatter’s superb not-for-profit art space The Joinery. Experience artist Karl Burke’s multi-channel sound installation and performance at this special event poised to be a unique, sensory feast. Primarily concerned with perceptions, both emotional and physical, Burke’s fascination with our three dimensional world takes the form of sculpture, installations, photographs, video and sound. Immerse yourself in the site specific soundtrack and sonic portrait made for and from the physical space of The Joinery by this compelling artist. The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7 The People's Art Exhibition thousands of exceptional paintings by hundreds of artists in the open air along the railings of St Stephen’s Green at September’s People’s Art Exhibition. Held across six weekends a year, explore stunning works of art in picturesque surroundings at this unusual showcase, and even buy a piece from the talented artists responsible. People's Art Dublin is a voluntary, part time, non-for-profit organisation, brought together by Dublin City Council to promote the visual arts to the public of Dublin. After the September showing, the remaining exhibition weekend of 2014 will be 5th-7th December.   The Mendicity Institution the history of Dublin’s second oldest charity, and learn about the great work they still do today, on Culture Night at the Mendicity Institution, 9 Island Street, Dublin 8. ‘The Mendo’ was established in 1818 and throughout its existence has always worked towards the relief of poverty in the capital, today the charity still provides free meals daily, no questions asked, to whomever may need them. On Culture Night learn about the organisation’s rich history, taste the food served in the 1820s and study the immaculately kept records and artefacts. Visitors can also watch as actors recreate the history of the institution and its 19th century beginnings.   The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview British artist Nathaniel Mellors’ intriguing new film work ‘The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview’ at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios this September. Revolving around an interview between Truson, a character from an earlier Mellors work and an apparently genuine Neanderthal man, the piece is set in a large cave called E-Den, a metaphorical place representative of the shift from the hunter-gatherer mode of human existence to the more knowledge-based Neolithic way of life. Until recent discoveries, it was widely believed that Neanderthals were incapable of making art, and that the emergence of art marked a shift in consciousness toward the intelligent and creative modern human mind. The Sophisticated Neanderthal character (played by Patrick Kennedy) has been exiled from E-Den by a mysterious organisation called the Sporgo. He claims that the Sporgo control all cave art, and that that his earlier work was accepted because it was ‘more Sporgo-ey’. He smokes coloured Nat Sherman cigarettes, and is confused from drinking too much ‘ant juice’. As the action unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that it’s the Neanderthal who is in control of the situation, as opposed to Truson, his naive interviewer. Sculpture In Context exceptional sculpture in idyllic outdoor surroundings at Sculpture in Context 2014, which returns to the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, this September. Showcasing the work of Irish and international artists, it boasts the largest and most exciting outdoor sculpture exhibition in Ireland and gives a unique perspective on the stunning natural environment. For the duration of the exhibition (4th September to 17th October), the 50 acre botanical paradise will be transformed into a magnificent outdoor gallery, providing a striking backdrop for these 150 plus innovative sculptures. The thought-provoking exhibition provides an unrivalled venue for artists to create work in response to specific surroundings. Explore the grounds and discover sculptures in the most unexpected of places, roam the gardens, ponds, Great Palm House, and glasshouses to find a compelling work of art to ponder over and examine.   Revitalize in those last summer days with a dose of culture at Sol Art Gallery’s second major summer exhibition, ‘Revitalize’, at Sol Art Gallery on 8 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Following the success of June’s show ‘New Heights’ with its potent mix of traditional and contemporary works; ‘Revitalize’ includes pieces by the acclaimed Kerry artist Liam O'Neill, Jimmy Lawlor whose works often take inspiration from the Irish sense of humour, the internationally renowned Kenneth Webb and Kevin McAleenan, whose works display a surreal and haunting sensibility. The works of three exciting new artists to the gallery, Aisling Conroy, Amanda Shirlow and Myra Jago, are also showcased at this exhibition. The Other Half Lives the landscape, people and culture of our pre-boom capital with Wally Cassidy’s excellent exhibition of photographs The Other Half Lives. Whether you were there yourself or are seeing it for the first time, the exhibition is a fascinating snapshot of Dublin between 1989 and 1993, and a captivating insight into a time when Ireland was struggling to define itself. Exhibited for the first time, this stunning collection of photographs captures the tensions and contradictions of the city before the Celtic Tiger and is loosely categorised into four sections – street, protest, Smithfield and punks. This honest and arresting collection confronts us with an Ireland we may prefer to forget but in many ways is still with us today. Tickets Adults €7 Family €14 (two adults and up to three children) Students €4.50 Seniors €5.50 Opening Hours Monday - Sunday 9.30am-5.00pm Thursday 9.30am-8.00pm From Lublin to Dublin fascinating new exhibition displays a small selection of the Jewish books in three-centuries-old Marsh’s Library. The founder of the Library, Narcissus Marsh, taught Hebrew in Oxford, before he came to Dublin in 1679, buying books in Hebrew and Yiddish throughout his time in Ireland.  Most of these books were printed in Amsterdam, which was then the centre of the Jewish book trade. Marsh’s personal library testifies to his engagement with Jewish history and culture, and to the existence of a small group of men in Ireland with similar interests. This collection also sheds light on the small, bustling Jewish community in Dublin in the early 18th century. An inscription in one book shows that it was originally owned by members of the Ben Gedalya family, who had travelled all the way to Dublin from Lublin, in present-day Poland. Curated by Professor Shlomo Berger of the University of Amsterdam, an expert in Jewish history between 1500 and 1800, this intriguing exhibit offers wonderful insight into the time’s Jewish literary culture and Dublin’s burgeoning Jewish community. Opening hours Mondays and Wednesday to Friday, 9.30am - 5.00pm Saturday, 10.00am - 5.00pm Chester Beatty's A-Z: from Amulet to Zodiac A is for Amulet, B is for Beatty, C is for Calligraphy . . ., Chester Beatty's A to Z will take you on a journey through a selection of highlights, showcasing the breadth and quality of this wonderful collection. This curators' choice show is a visual treat with universal appeal. Each letter of the alphabet is matched to a word that is representative of something characteristically associated with the collection. Featuring many works seldom or never before seen in public, the exhibition will explore the threads that link cultures across the Western, Islamic and East Asian worlds. Opening hours: From 10.00am to 5pm Mon to Fri (closed Mondays from 1 Oct), 11am to 5pm Sat, 1pm to 5pm Sun, closed 24, 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan A Modern Panarion: Occultism in Dublin an exhibition of contemporary art that resonates with the core ideas of The Theosophical Society’s belief system, at A Modern Panarion, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Founded in New York in 1875, the society espoused a doctrine synthesised from esoteric religious, philosophical, and scientific ideas and aspired toward the formation of a universal community in which all religions, creeds, and races were equal. With theosophy’s popularity in the late-19th and early-20th centuries being quite considerable, it quickly drew a community of adherents worldwide seeking spiritual guidance and pivotal inspiration in an increasingly secular and industrialised world. While none of the artists participating in the exhibition are actual theosophists, they do all pursue an interdisciplinary practice which involves research into realms beyond the material world. The exhibition showcases the work of artists Derek Jarman, Gunilla Klingberg, Bea McMahon, Garrett Phelan, and Richard Proffitt. Central to all the artists’ work is a fascination with unseen worlds and a desire for some form of intuitive transcendence. Through their work they investigate unexplained laws of nature, the powers latent in the human mind, and alternative ways of accessing hidden knowledge. The publication, To Seek Where Shadows Are, which chronicles of the emergence of the Theosophical Society’s Dublin Lodge ten years after the New York one, is also on display with this exhibition. Lee Miller in James Joyce's Dublin James Joyce Centre is thrilled to present a new fascinating exhibition - Lee Miller in James Joyce’s Dublin, which features 60 previously unseen images from this icon of American photography. Beginning her career as a fashion model in New York City in the 1920s, legendary American photographer Lee Miller became a freelance photographer for Condé Nast. Finding herself in England during the outbreak of the Second World War, Lee quickly became one of a handful of female war correspondents. During Lee’s long relationship with Vogue Magazine she covered the London Blitz, and later the battle of Saint Malo, the liberation of Paris and the concentration camps, Buchenwald and Dachau. The exhibition documents Miller’s exploration of a desolate, post-War Dublin in 1946, capturing streets and buildings that were connected to Joyce’s life and work. These include some important Joycean locations that were thought never to have been photographed before, such as the family’s first northside address on Hardwicke Street as well as detailed interior portraits of Barney Kiernan’s pub, the setting for the Cyclops episode in Ulysses. A compelling exhibition in the ideal Joycean setting, it’s sure to engage Joyce, photography and social history buffs alike. Vestibule in the festival will be a major temporary sculpture exhibition, music events, a satellite exhibition and walking tours held during May to September. Internationally acclaimed artists Aleana Egan (IRL), Daniel Gustav Cramer (DE) and Eva Rothschild (IRL), will present temporary sculpture works and a satellite exhibition which will activate Merrion Square and its institutions. This iconic Georgian square has an interesting past, including close ties to significant figures in Irish literary and political life such as Oscar Wilde, W.B Yeats, Daniel O'Connell and Bram Stoker.  Vestibule is an architectural term which typically refers to a small room or hallway between an entrance and the interior of the building or house. The vestibule acts as an ante-chamber between the exterior and the interior structure, between city and nature- a space in which to consider and reflect. Merrion Square is a democratic natural space within the city, which allows for the freedom of movement and play. It is an enclosed site that acts as a gallery but also as an apolitical sphere open to possibilities. Two of the artists whose work will feature in the commissioned temporary sculpture and events programme that comprises Vestibule, Aleana Egan and Eva Rothschild, are rising stars of the Irish contemporary arts scene, while Daniel Gustav Cramer is a German artist who has gained an international reputation and garnered awards for his photography and installation pieces. Vestibule  is being curated by Aoife Tunney. Re-enactments and Orations 2014 we are continuing our series of re-enactments & orations of famous Irish patriots. “The Fools, the Fools, the Fools! – they have left us our Fenian dead – And while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.” Daily at 2.30pm The now famous speech delivered by Padraig Pearse at the grave of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa on 1st August, 1915, will be re-enacted daily at 2.30pm by an actor dressed as Pearse in full uniform. All Re-enactments at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum are kindly supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  Children's Events at the National Museum visit to Decorative Arts & History is not just for adults - there's plenty for the kids too! From Soldiers to Scientific Instruments, and from Eileen Gray to Albert Bender, inspire and delight children with the objects and people waiting to be discovered in the National Museum. The Barracks Life Room gives children of all ages the opportunity to explore what  life was like as a solider in the 19th & 20th centuries. Try on costumes, handle objects and explore history using computer interactives. We also provide tailored tours and events for families, as well as an activity area in the Museum. The My Museum programme of events is designed to encourage families to work together, in an alternative and fun way, to learn more about the National Museum of Ireland’s collections. Every two to three weeks, a different part of the Museum’s collections is explored either through an art, drama or storytelling workshop; or through a demonstration or special guided tour. To find out more about the times and costs of tours and workshops, check out the Calendar of Events. For more tips and suggestions on Family Fun in Dublin click here Shackleton Exhibition Dun Laoghaire, Ferry Terminal The exhibition is the "Shackleton Endurance" exhibition.  It has 150 photographs and text boards telling the story of the most famous rescue in all maritime history.  The venue is the Ferry Terminal building in Dun Laoghaire beside the DART and Bus terminus The Shackleton Endurance Expedition 1914-1917 Aiming to complete the first sea-to-sea land crossing of Antarctica by foot via the South Pole, in August 1914 Shackleton and his team of 27 scientists and seamen set sail from Plymouth aboard their ship, Endurance, just after the outbreak of World War I.   They wouldn’t be heard from for nearly two years.  This compelling exhibition is the story of the men’s 22-month ordeal:  the eerie beauty of Antarctica, the sinking of their doomed ship after it became locked in pack ice and was slowly crushed, the extreme hardships the men endured as they set up camp after camp on the drifting ice, their transfer to the relative safety of Elephant Island, and the expedition’s miraculous conclusion.   That all 28 men survived their terrible adventure was a triumph of hope in the bleakest circumstances, and of faith in their leader—“The Boss”—an Irish-born doctor’s son whose achievements in polar exploration earned him a knighthood and, much later, cult status as an unparalleled role model for leadership in extreme circumstances:  optimistic, tenacious and brave. At the heart of the exhibition, accompanied by explanatory wall texts and diary excerpts from the journey, are Hurley’s dramatic black-and-white images of the expedition, some made from negatives retrieved by him from the freezing waters inside the Endurance just before she sank.  Some of Hurley’s most compelling images are of the ship’s break-up.  These are presented along with photographs of the men’s camps and their attempted march over snow and ice to reach open water.  Startling original film-footage by Hurley, enhanced by computer animation, shows Endurance as she disappeared into the Weddell Sea. A replica of the James Caird confronts visitors with the awesome challenge that Shackleton and his men faced in their rescue mission from Elephant Island, sailing an open boat across 800 miles in towering 60-ft waves and gale-force winds, with only a sextant, some charts, an unreliable chronometer and a few sightings of the sun to guide them to South Georgia.  Today their success in reaching South Georgia—and trekking 32 miles in 36 hours across its uncharted, mountainous interior to reach the whaling station on the other side—is widely recognised as maritime history’s greatest boat journey:  a miracle of navigation, resilience and seamanship.  This part of the story is illustrated beautifully by Hurley’s poignant photographs of Elephant Island, the rocky, inhospitable outcrop where the crew awaited rescue; and of the launching of the James Caird, the crossing and the rescue itself. The exhibition will run for a period of two years , the venue is the Ferry Terminal building in Dun Laoghaire beside the DART and Bus terminus      Adult: €6 Seniors/Students: €5 Family of Four: €14 Children 6-12: €3.50 Children under 6: free *special deals and concessions for groups