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. For more information click here The World Flower Show World Flower Show is set to be held in Ireland for the first time in 2014, with the RDS to be the venue for the event. Due to take place in June 2014, the event will include a flower arrangers’ conference with over 1,200 participants, and the World Flower Show, an exhibition of flower arrangements, which will be open to the public. According to its organisers, this exhibition will showcase the beautiful and extravagant creations of flower arrangers from all over the world and is expected to attract over 10,000 visitors per day from Ireland and abroad. The Association of Irish Floral Artists (AOIFA) has been chosen by the World Association of Flower Arrangers (WAFA) to manage a three year programme, on its behalf, that will include organising an international seminar, publishing of a book, running educational events and tours, and staging the 11th World Flower Show at the RDS. “During our three year tenure, the World Flower Show will be one of our largest events,” said Kitty Gallagher, president of WAFA Ireland. “We chose the RDS because of its great location along with its excellent conference and exhibition facilities. They also have the experience of managing and marketing large public events and we are expecting huge numbers to this exciting show” Join us for the Grand Opening and Preview of the show on Wednesday 18 June when you can witness the excitement as the prizewinners are announced. When you wish to take a break from viewing the magnificent floral designs, we have designed a diverse programme of activities: demonstrations, lectures, tours to gardens and historical and cultural venues for you to enjoy. The Gala Banquet in the Burlington Hotel on Saturday 21st June is a must. We promise you an evening filled with music, fun, and the hospitality that Ireland is famous for. Be sure to be in Dublin in 2014 as we celebrate this creative art form that links us all. Ticket Information: Tickets are on sale from online at and from all usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide Bloom In The Park 2014 is taking place in the Phoenix Park Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 29th May until Monday 2nd June 2014. Bloom 2013 was the 7th year of the event and continues to attract thousands upon thousands of people every year. Bloom 2013 attracted over 110,000 to the 70 acre site at the Visitor's Centre in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. To get a flavour of what Bloom 2013 had to offer see the day by day video highlights. This website also gives you a look at the spectacular showgardens that were built by the highly skilled showgarden designers, early bird tickets will be available to purchase in early 2014. View the video section for an overview of Bloom in recent years. With something for everyone and fun for all the family visitors to Bloom will enjoy cookery and craft demonstrations, free gardening advice from the experts, Irish food produce, live entertainment and gardening workshops. Kids attend Bloom for free!   Sheela Gowda: Open Eye Policy is delighted to present a major retrospective exhibition of the work of acclaimed Indian artist Sheela Gowda. Open Eye Policy is an overview of the artist’s work from 1992 to 2012. This exhibition provides Irish audiences the opportunity to discover the work of this extraordinary artist, who this year was nominated for the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize. The exhibition presents artworks never exhibited together and constitutes the basis for a proper evaluation of the artist’s historical and cultural significance. The series of artworks presented can be divided into different, though interlinked, sections regarding works with cow dung, small and big installations, and digital works. In the selected works the cow dung is used on the picture surface as well as in sculptures, taking the shape of a dense pigment on paintings and of concrete material in sculptural installations such as Stock. The most significant large-scale installations include Kagebangara, Of All people, And…and Some Place, are made from materials as diverse as threads coated in KumKum (a red organic pigment used on the forehead and in rituals), flattened tar barrels (from which road workers make temporary shelters), metal piping, woven hair ropes and small wooden figures with votive functions. Born 1957 in India, Gowda trained as a painter, and now works with a variety of media and material, which are often presented as installations. Selected international exhibitions include Documenta 12, 2007; Sharjah Biennale 2008, 53rd Venice Biennale 2009; and Singapore Biennial 2011. She has had solo exhibitions at InIVA London; NAS Gallery, Sydney; OCA, Oslo; Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, and GallerySKE, Bangalore. Gowda lives and works in Bangalore. This exhibition is co-curated by Annie Fletcher and Grant Watson and is a touring project co-produced with Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Lunds Konsthall and IMMA. 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.  Are jee be? Haroon Mirza continues its commitment in showcasing some of the most exciting international artists working today with the first museum exhibition in Ireland of renowned British artist Haroon Mirza. Combining a variety of readymade and time based material to create audio compositions, which are often realised as site-specific installations, Mirza’s work complicates the distinctions between noise, sound and music.  Mirza’s exhibition will feature remnants of the recent Eileen Gray exhibition at IMMA. Occupying the same gallery spaces, the Gray exhibition will act as a ‘readymade’ from which Mirza will remix elements to create a new visual and sonic installation. The new site-specific work, System, created by Mirza for IMMA has been carefully conceived in response to the very particular architecture of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The title of Mirza’s new work references the name of the Dublin based '90s nightclub venue System, which although only in existence for a few years framed a very specific moment in music, a genre of which heavily influences the artist’s work. On 5 April, Mirza will stage a curated music night/DJ event at IMMA. Alongside IMMA, Mirza will present solo exhibitions in 2014 at Le Grande Café, Centre d'Art Contemporain, France; and at the Villa Savoye, France. He won the Daiwa Art Foundation Prize (2012), he was awarded the Silver Lion Award at the 54th Venice Biennale Illuminations (2011), and the Northern Art Prize (2010).  Please Note: Visitors are warned that this exhibition contains flashing lights. In Art we are Poor Citizens Gavin Murphy: In Art We Are Poor Citizens Gavin Murphy makes works through an assemblage of fabricated elements, found objects, images and texts. For the Sleepwalkers series, Murphy was invited to continue his engagement with the history of The Hugh Lane, now focusing on its collection and exhibitions, and the changing role of the museum. See website for more information.  Ongoing: Francis Bacon’s Studio Sean Scully Gallery Stained Glass Room Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot   ADMISSION TO THE GALLERY AND EXHIBITIONS IS FREE Patrick Scott: Image Space Light and VISUAL, Carlow, are delighted to present a major exhibition of the work of Irish artist Patrick Scott, showing across the two venues as a single exhibition. Patrick Scott: Image Space Light brings together the most comprehensive representation of this remarkable artist’s 75 year long career. Scott had his first exhibition in 1940 with the White Stag Group. Now in his 90’s the exhibition brings together more than 140 pieces that illustrate the breadth and longevity of his career as an architect, designer and artist. The exhibition at IMMA concentrates on Scott’s early works from 1940-1969 while VISUAL displays works from the 1960s to the present. The Garden Galleries at IMMA presents a broad range of Patrick Scott’s paintings from his early association with the White Stag Group in the 1940s when he rendered playful, deliberately naïve birds, trees, railings and other forms in simplified settings. These were followed during the 1950s by linear, quasi abstract works depicting boxes, still life, goal posts, cables, scaffolding, including a number of paintings with which the artist represented Ireland at the XXX Venice Biennale, such as the reductive forms of women bearing boxes and bunches of twigs on their heads. Also included are the seminal Bog Paintings evoking the waterlogged terrain of the bog and lakeshore. From there Scott moved to the Device works a series of paintings in which the artist registered his dismay at the testing of H-bombs by painting abstract ‘explosions’ of diffused and dripped colour the symbolise the terrifying beauty of such destruction. The IMMA exhibition also includes a superb selection of the early Gold Paintings from 1964, arguably Scott’s best known works; works related to ROSC ’67; as well as diverse material showing Scott’s production as a designer with Signa Design Consultancy during the 1950s and 60s. Born in 1921 in Kilbrittain, Co Cork, Patrick Scott trained as an architect. From 1945 he spent 15 years working with Michael Scott in the architectural practice of what became Scott Tallon Walker, where his innate talent as an artist and designer developed in unison.  He became a leading graphic designer with the Signa Design Consultancy (set up in 1953 by Michael Scott and Louis le Brocquy), all the while continuing to test various ideas in his painting. On winning a National Prize at the Guggenheim International Award in 1960 and representing Ireland at the XXX Venice Biennale in the same year, Scott became a full-time artist. IMMA is delighted to accept the donation of two works from the artist of a hitherto unknown work, Rosc Diptych, 1967, which has remained in the artist’s studio for the past 47 years and Meditation Painting, 2006, both are included in the exhibition. The exhibition is curated by Christina Kennedy, Senior Curator: Head of Collections, IMMA.             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: €5 Children: €3 Family of four: €12 Students and OAP: €5 Group rates apply.