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A Brisk Autumn Walk Enjoyed: Sculpture In Context

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On a rather chilly Saturday morning my companion and I ventured forth to our annual, much-anticipated visit to the Sculpture in Context exhibition at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. Unlike previous years, we actually managed to make our way around the entire exhibition and were satisfied that we had seen absolutely everything (except for exhibit number 146 which appeared to be missing). The chilliness of the weather proved to be an important factor in the success of the day’s activities; we achieved this magnificent result because the day was too cold to dawdle around as much as on sunnier visits. Added to that we initiated an unusually organised approach (in other words, we had a plan) to our seasonal cultural activity of sculpture spotting. Continue reading

Summer In The City: National Gallery Of Ireland

I know that we have been having a mini-heat wave lately, but as we can’t rely on it lasting the summer I have been looking at the NGI’s seasonal activities with interest. Here then, is a quick round-up of events to give you an idea of what’s on offer over the next few months.

After the closure of two temporary exhibitions, ‘The Sketchbooks of Jack B. Yeats’ and ‘Treasured Sheets’ the wraps are shortly to come off two more promising looking exhibitions. At the same time, the run of ‘Essential Ireland: A Mini Tour’ has been extended until 5 August so you still have chance to visit. This exhibition, curated to mark the year of The Gathering, is as you might imagine a tour around Ireland in paint and canvas. It includes scenes of popular destinations around the country painted by, amongst others, James Malton, Francis Place and John Lavery. The gallery ran a series of Tuesday lectures to tie in with the exhibition. I went along to one talk by art historian Mary Jane Boland that focussed on the views of Glendalough, which was fascinating and informative. Continue reading