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The vision of the Irish Georgian Society is to conserve, protect and foster a keen interest and a respect for Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts. These aims are achieved through its scholarly and conservation education programmes, through its support of conservation projects and planning issues, and vitally, through its members and their activities.

Berlin Opticians Gallery present BINGO! at the City Assembly House


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BINGO! marks the second manifestation of the Berlin Opticians Gallery in a physical space. For this iteration, the Gallery inhabits the stunning octagonal Exhibition Room in the City Assembly House, following the inaugural exhibition in the semi-domestic interiors of Merrion Square last year.

BINGO! presents some recent and newly commissioned artworks by ten Irish and international artists whose practice spans all art forms: painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and video. It celebrates the unlikely relationship between contemporary art and Georgian architecture, acknowledging both the moments of happy and successful co-existence and the possible tensions.

5 to 9 June
City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2

Exhibition continues:
Thursday 6 June —Saturday 8 June 10am—6pm
Sunday 9 June 12pm—6pm

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Berlin Opticians Gallery presents and promotes the artists’ works with a scheduled programme of exhibitions available through online documentation every six weeks and punctuated with off-site physical exhibitions and projects in various unique spaces around Dublin.

(Image: David Beattie, Broken Tools, 2010-2019, digital photograph)

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IGS submission on Metrolink


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The IGS submission on the MetroLink public consultation emphasised the potential impacts of new stations on architecturally sensitive areas such as Dartmouth Square and flagged concerns about identifying a preferred route in the absence of a comprehensive assessment of constraints (such as architectural and archaeological heritage).

Read the IGS submission in full.

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Kildare Heritage Buildings Show: Castletown House


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The Irish Georgian Society, Kildare County Council and the Office of Public Works, in association with Creative Ireland present an action packed weekend exhibition in the grounds of Castletown House. See over two dozen craftspeople demonstrate key traditional skills needed for the conservation of old buildings, including sash window repairs; stained glass and fanlight conservation; stone carving; dry stonewall construction; use of lime based mortars; decorative plasterwork; ironwork; slate roofing; thatching; and furniture restoration. In tandem with the exhibition there will be hourly talks on the history and significance, maintenance and repair of old buildings. there will also be some free children's workshops on each day. All demonstrations, talks and workshops are free of charge and no booking is necessary.

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Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, ​Volume XXI


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Volume XXI of Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, the Journal of the Irish Georgian Society will be available for purchase from Wednesday 15 May, priced at €25.

Volume XXI features new research on the Wide Streets Commissioners; the Casino at Marino; the Customs House; the Dublin Society; newly discovered drawings by Hugh Douglas Hamilton; the restoration by Richard Morrison of a Catholic chapel in Wicklow; the 1979 Taoiseach’s House competition, and the much-travelled artist from County Down, Helen Mabel Trevor.

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May Bank Holiday weekend opening hours


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The Irish Georgian Society offices will close on Friday for the May Bank Holiday weekend, and will reopen from 9.30am on Tuesday 7 May.

The IGS bookshop will be open on Saturday 4 May from 10.00am to 6.00pm. It will be closed on Monday 6 May.

(Image: Nicola Woods)

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Irish Art Now: Contemporary Art Auction in support of Pallas Projects/Studios


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Pallas Projects/Studios, who have been breaking new ground for Irish visual arts and culture since 1996, are to showcase the work of Irish contemporary artists in a NYC-style fundraising auction, with the support of Whyte’s and the Irish Georgian Society.

This exciting collaboration between the auction house and the artist-run space will introduce Irish contemporary art – painting, print, photography and sculpture – to seasoned auction-goers, with many affordable works and the chance to secure a choice piece by a major Irish artist, or to grab a bargain by a future prospect.

It will take place in the grandeur of the Knight of Glin exhibition room of the City Assembly House, aptly built by the Society of Artists in Ireland between 1765-71, as the first public exhibition gallery in Ireland and Britain.

View the online catalogue here.

30 April to 2 May 2019 (Auction at 7.00pm on Thursday 2 May)
City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2

(Image: Paul Hallahan, Pale shelter wild in the woods, 2018)

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