2021 IGS conservation grant pledges clockwise from top left: Dromdiah House, Co. Cork; Larchill Arcadian Gardens, Co. Kildare; St Eugene's Church, Co. Tyrone; Temple House, Co. Sligo; and Termon House, Co. Donegal.
The Irish Georgian Society is inviting applications for its Conservation Grants Programme 2022 with submissions accepted until Monday 21st
February. A total of €40,000 will be available which will comprise €30,000 from IGS London and €10,000 through the newly created Homan Potterton Conservation Grant.
Long Gallery, Castletown, Co. Kildare. Image courtesy of OPW
The Irish Georgian Society is delighted to announce that the Desmond Guinness Scholarship 2021 has been jointly awarded to Deirdre Cullen and Siobhan Osgood.
The IGS team has specially curated a bookshop gift guide for you and yours during this Christmas season! Stop by the City Assembly House between now and 23rd December to do your holiday shopping.
Bookshop hours are Monday through Saturday, 10AM to 5PM. The shop will be closed starting 24 December and will reopen on 5th January. If you plan to shop online - make sure to check out the 2021 Christmas final post dates so your package arrives at its final destination before the 24th of December.
With the countdown to Christmas well and truly on - we've rounded up our favorite publications and stocking stuffers that are sure to make someone very happy! All items are currently in stock in the bookshop and also available at shop.igs.ie.
€20.00, Zest Publications, 2020 Hardback, 108 pages. Artists Eva and Letitia Hamilton and their four sisters lived through the transition from British rule to a newly independent Ireland. They had to adapt to a conservative and patriarchal society in which roles for women were clearly defined. Navigating this environment required compromise and determination. This book book narrates how they made that journey.
Sir David Davies, President of the IGS, is pleased to note that after 25 years of OPW care, Minister Patrick O’Donovan has announced that Kilmacurragh House, Co. Wicklow will be renovated under the renewed National Development Plan.
It is significant that the renovation, which will include reinstatement of the building's roof, restoration of its windows and doors, and the conservation of external wall finishes, will allow the house built in 1697 [a rare example of the Queen Anne Style in Ireland], to become once again the centrepiece and focus of the hugely successful National Botanic Gardens.
The IGS welcomes this latest development in the OPW's plans, which will complement the recent acquisition of an additional 55 acres of land from Coillte, including the Walled Garden and Deer Park.
The Hon. Desmond Guinness (1931-2020)
The Desmond Guinness Scholarship is awarded annually by the Irish Georgian Society to an applicant or applicants engaged in research on the visual arts of Ireland including the work of Irish architects, artists and craftsmen, material culture and design history, 1600-1940. Preference will be given to work based on original documentary research.
The Scholarship is intended primarily for applicants who are not yet established at an advanced professional level in research or publication of the visual arts.
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Walled gardens have a long history going back millennia having often simultaneously served not just as places to grow fruit and vegetables, but also areas of privacy and of protection from intemperate weather conditions.
This exhibition will feature forty specially commissioned paintings of Walled Gardens by four distinguished artists: Lesley Fennell, Andrea Jameson, Maria Levinge and Alison Rosse.