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Posts Tagged ‘ John Lavery ’

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

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Vote for Ireland’s Favourite Masterpiece

RTÉ One with RTÉ Radio 1 is celebrating Arts and asking Ireland for its opinion.

Two weeks ago, a programme of an hour long presented by Mike Murphy was reviewing Ireland’s favourite Masterpieces which have been selected by curators, experts and the Irish public over the last few months. From a compilation of 100 paintings, 10 were selected to let us decide which one might earn the title of Ireland’s Favourite Painting. See the long list here.

The intention of the campaign was to increase awareness of the immense riches in our public art collections and to encourage people to visit these collections and see the works for themselves.

While we can question what made the experts and the public chose those 10 paintings , we can’t question the excellent idea of bringing the public to discover and appreciate Arts in Ireland.

However Ireland’s Favourite Painting campaign is coming to an end as it’s running until TODAY only at 2pm ( Monday 21st May 2012) You can only vote online now as the postal votes are already closed.

On Thursday 24th May, President Michael D. Higgins will reveal which of the ten shortlisted masterpieces below has been voted Ireland’s Favourite Painting by the Irish people.

So which artist will you vote for? Make your choice and make it fast!

Link to the website and the ten masterpieces:

http://www.rte.ie/tv/masterpiece/

It’s also a great time to go and visit a gallery near you, or to try to see some of the artworks for yourself.

http://www.rte.ie/tv/masterpiece/galleries.html

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