Showcasing the best of Dublin’s art scene over the course of one exciting weekend, Dublin Gallery Weekend features thirty galleries and sixty events including exhibition openings, artist and curator talks, walking tours, late openings, workshops and much more. If the idea of a whistle stop tour of Dublin’s thriving art scene appeals then there’s never been a better opportunity. Galleries such as IMMA, Nag Gallery, Science Gallery, Douglas Hyde, RHA, Project Arts Centre, NCAD will all be participating while a series of walking tours promise to reveal the cities cultural highlights in areas like Trinity, Parnell Square, Monto, The Coombe, St. Stephens Green and Temple Bar. There’s so much to see and do that a bit of pre-planning might be wise if you want to make the most out of Dublin Gallery Weekend. Pick up a Dublin Gallery Weekend map (available at www.dublingallerymap.ie) and a copy of the event listings and start plotting your route around Dublin.
Developed in collaboration with Turquoise Mountain – a Prince of Wales founded charity that has been working to regenerate culture and revive historic areas in Afghanistan since 2006 – Kites of Kabul will bring an evocative and vibrant display of Afghan kites to the V&A Museum of Childhood in East London this summer. Kites from Kabul celebrates the tradition of kite flying in Afghanistan with a stunning display of brightly coloured handmade kites of the sort that can typically be seen dotting the Kabul skyline on spring evenings. Made by the children of Kabul, these vivid, decorative kites highlight the rich history of kite flying in Afghan culture and offer a more optimistic view of a city that has endured a difficult recent history. “Turquoise Mountain is delighted to be partnering with the V&A Museum of Childhood on this exhibition. Kite flying is such an evocative symbol of childhood and freedom, and something that children and adults can relate to wherever they are in the world. We hope this exhibition will make its own small contribution to fostering a deeper understanding of Afghanistan, its people and culture, in the UK.” – Dr Tommy Wide, Managing Director, Turquoise Mountain.
Ireland’s only dedicated photography festival return’s for it’s sixth year and promises another rich and varied programme of photography and image culture, spread across 40 different locations. Alongside more established exhibition spaces like the Gallery of Photography and the National Photographic Archive, PhotoIreland shows can be encountered in unique settings like the National Botanic Gardens and Dún Laoghaire Pier. As ever the festival will showcase a diverse mix of photographers including up and coming talents and internationally esteemed artists. Among this year’s most notable exhibitions is Under the Influence by award winning artist Dominic Hawgood, which utilises moving image and CGI alongside photography to examine the use of exorcism in London churches, and Christiane Peschek’s 13 Kinder, that explores the imaginative world of thirteen orphans aged between 4 and 10. Further highlights include Korea Special, a fascinating survey of contemporary Korean photography and Island — Australia, which explores some of the most exciting work currently emerging from Australia.
Charting Stephen McKenna’s experiences of living in a variety of European cities between 1980 and 2014, this retrospective provides a fascinating insight into the on-going themes that continue to characterise the former Turner Prize nominee’s work. The artist’s interest in a variety of natural and built environments such as cityscapes and parks can be seen across an accomplished collection of figurative paintings that draw on McKenna’s six decade-long career and show off a rare mastery of his chosen medium. Form, precision and compositional sophistication are McKenna’s hallmarks and Perspectives of Europe 1980 – 2014 is a wonderful opportunity to survey some of his finest work. Director, Barbara Dawson, said: “His is a keen and original vision which is informed by his metier –the millennia of Western mythology and its history. Alongside his paintings of cities, in this exhibition there is a focus on the artist’s love of nature in his depictions of foliage. He delights in opening his and our eyes to the poetry contained in their painterly representation – ordinary and extraordinary in their compositional structures”.
The Dalkey book festival has garnered plenty of positive praise over the last 4 years, including a ringing endorsement from none other than Salman Rushdie who called it “the best little festival in the world”. The festival, which was set up by Sian Smyth and David McWilliams in 2010, has played host to an impressive selection of internationally renowned writers, including Booker Prize winners, a Nobel Laureate, Impac winners, Oscar winners and Tony award nominees. The picturesque seaside town of Dalkey has a long and widely celebrated, literary heritage. It is the birthplace of George Bernard Shaw. James Joyce attended school there and it was the stomping ground of both Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien. Dalkey truly is the perfect location for a book festival, where you can meet and interact with some truly talented writers in the parks or pubs of this vibrant town. Festival organisers have carefully created a charming and intimate event, which has built a solid reputation for itself. And no matter your reading preferences, there will be something for everyone this year at the Dalkey book festival.
The name of this exhibition was inspired by the current address of the Olivier Cornet Gallery. The fantastic show is co-curated by art historian and author Arran Henderson, whose research into the area was used by the featured artists as a jumping off point for their work. Arran will be the guest speaker for the exhibition. The show will feature works by gallery artists Mark Doherty, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Michelle Byrne, Adrienne Symes, Jordi Forniés, Hugh Cummins, Conrad Frankel, Kelly Ratchford and Jason Lowe. Eve Parnell, Gerard Cox and Catherine Ryan will also exhibit works. The pieces on display aim to shine a light on the vivid history of 5 Cavendish Row and the surrounding areas. The artists have used the Rotunda hospital and the pleasure gardens as inspiration as well the political upheaval present at a time when Michael Collins took up his residency in Number 5. Discover the long hidden secrets of this incredible space and track the history of the area, from the earliest roots right up to pirate radio stations and be swept along by the thought provoking work of these talented artists.