Events - ExhibitionOpen Househttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Open_House_2014The 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. Fight for Freedom: The Warsaw Uprising of 1944http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Warsaw_Uprising_ExhibitionCommemorating the valiant and tragic 63-day struggle of the Polish army, Polish resistance movement and civilians to liberate Warsaw during World War II, Fight for Freedom: The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 exhibition is a fascinating insight into their dedication and patriotism. Curated by the Polish community, discover the story of the uprising, the vital role that churches and chaplains played in it, as well as the involvement of a number of Irish individuals. Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke officially opens the exhibition on 1st August at 7.00pm and the inaugural lecture, ‘The Warsaw Uprising in Comparative Perspective’ will be given by Dr. Gabriel Doherty of University College Cork. Visitors can explore two combined exhibitions on display – ‘The Fight for Freedom: The Warsaw Uprising’ and ‘The Church and Religion in the Warsaw Uprising’, as well as view a feature presentation of the film ‘City of Ruin’. A wholly immersive exhibit, experience the atmosphere and culture of the time period by tasting dishes eaten during the conflict, examining the reconstructed barricade and enjoying some live music. A Polish audio guide will also be available to download. The exhibition is open from 2nd - 4th, and 9th - 10th August. Chester Beatty's A-Z: from Amulet to Zodiachttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/AZfromAmulettoZodiacOne 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 The Photograph Album of Irelandhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/photograph_album_of_irelandDiscover a wealth of memories and social histories, as well as youth, celebration and ordinary life documented via the treasured photos of over 30 Irish people and families at The Photograph Album of Ireland exhibition. A ground-breaking initiative developed by The Gallery of Photography, the project is dedicatedly digitising and sharing cherished family photographs and private photo collections. The fascinating collection displays photos of family holidays, days out, social gatherings and sporting occasions, capturing life as it was lived across a range of eras. Explore the wealth of ordinary and extraordinary photographs – from informal snapshots, studio portraits and ‘official’ photographs through to substantial individual archives – many shown publicly for the first time. Spanning the entire history of analogue photography, it includes rare ambrotypes and dageurreotypes from the 1850s, Victorian cartes-de-visites, box brownie photographs, family albums, colour instamatic snapshots, polaroids and photobooth selfies from the 1980s. A rich and diverse exhibition, visitors are sure to spot the kind of picture that takes you back to a time when the summers were always scorching and the 99s somehow seemed much bigger. The People of Rajasthanhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/people_of_rajasthanDiscover award-winning Irish photographer Patrick Donald’s astonishing new collection of portraits and documentary images from his recent trip to Rajasthan, at the Patrick Donald Photography Gallery, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Uniquely capturing the spirit and heart of Rajasthan’s fascinating people, images of tradesmen, shopkeepers, hairdressers and goat herders provide an insight and cross sectional view of the way life is lived there today during this palpable time of change. The photographer’s new limited edition collection, printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art paper, hand signed and numbered, is also included in this vibrant exhibition. “My hope is to bring those who are interested my work an insight into fragments of life that I experience through the lens of my camera. They should go some way to show the human condition at this time in our existence and hopefully achieve an emotional feeling and association within.” Visitors can also discover Donald’s one-of-a-kind images of Irish landscapes, bustling Dublin streetscapes and the city’s lively pub culture. Opening hours Monday - Wednesday and Friday - Saturday, 10.00am to 6.00pm Thursday 10.00am - 7.00pm Sunday 12.00pm - 6.00pm Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibitionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Wildlife_Photographer_of_the_YearDiscover the raw beauty of the natural world at the 49th Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at The chq Building, IFSC, in the heart of Dublin's Docklands. Organised by the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London and BBC Worldwide, and attracting entries from professionals and amateurs, this is the first time the annual exhibition has been held in Ireland. Capturing all manner of wildlife at its most magnetic, in its natural habitat, the 100 award-winning photographs on display will enthrall animal lovers, nature and wildlife enthusiasts, and budding photographers alike. Judged by a panel of acclaimed professionals, the winning images were chosen from an enormous 43,000 entries and were carefully selected based on their exceptional creativity, artistry and technical complexity. With a fun kids' quiz younger visitors won't fail to be engaged and intrigued by the images and stories on display, making the exhibition an ideal family day out. Price Adults €6.50 Children (4 to 16 years) €3.50 Group and family tickets and concessions are also available. Time Monday to Friday from 10.00am - 6.30pm Saturday from 10.00am - 6.00pm Sunday from 12.00 noon - 6.00pm. Chihuly in Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Chihuly_in_DublinThe Irish public will have a unique opportunity to see the work of one of the world’s most renowned artists when two exhibitions open in Dublin on June 19th 2104. Dale Chihuly’s vibrant coloured glass installations and opulent Chandeliers hang in many of the world’s most prestigious museums and public spaces including the Victoria and Albert museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre in Paris and the Corning Museum of Glass New York. A world premier of ‘Ulysses Cylinders’ inspired by James Joyces's Ulysses, opens in Dublin Castle this June. This collaborative exhibition combines the alchemic artistry of Dale Chihuly with painter Seaver Leslie’s pen and ink drawings to create a unique collection of golden glass Cylinders.Chihuly’s and Leslie's love of Ireland and Irish literature inspired an earlier series Irish Cylinders over forty years ago. The series was completed in anticipation of a lecture tour inEngland and Ireland focusing on the artwork’s literary connections. As fate would have it, adevastating auto accident in England a few weeks later prevented the artists from reaching Ireland and left Chihuly blind in one eye. In the summer of 2013, Chihuly and Leslie, together with Flora C. Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick decided to revisit this body of work focusing on Joyce’s Ulysses as the sole inspiration. Working with Leslie’s drawings on paper, artists Mace and Kirkpatrick constructed fragile glass drawings, which Chihuly’ s team studio amalgamated into individual Cylinders of glass wrapped in gold leaf. Each drawing offers a visual trigger into selected narratives of Ulysses as recounted by Joyce. By applying Leslie’s adapted drawings to simple cylindrical forms, Chihuly uses the Cylinder as a canvas to create a series of visual portals into the novel. This new work is a revelation in its simplicity, which pays homage to an intricate narrative. Simultaneously at the Solomon Fine Art a selection of Chihuly’s signature artworks will be on view. This enchanting and awe inspiring exhibition will be open to the public from June 19th to July 31st. • The exhibition is installed in over 2,300 square feet of the exhibition space in the Coach House at Dublin Castle • There is a dedicated book being published with essays by Irish writers • Chihuly will be in Ireland to celebrate both the exhibition and a gallery show of his signature work at Solomon Fine Art June 15 – June 20th, 2014 • Chihuly and Leslie will present a public lecture, followed by a conversation on Ulysses, chaired by Dr. Conor Farnan in George’s Hall at Dublin Castle on June 17th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm followed by a public book signing from 7:00pm – 8:00 pm       Vestibulehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/vestibuleIncluded 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 Orationshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Reenactments_and_OrationsIn 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 Museumhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Childrens_Events_at_the_National_MuseumA 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 Exhibitionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Shackleton_ExhibitionVenue: 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