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Sep 23, 2013

Culture Night 2013 – Howdy Neighbours!

This is how I played Culture Night. If somebody calls me, I’ll go. If they don’t, I won’t. Just back from my holliers in Barcelona, a loll on the sofa was tempting. Alas, the Bruv announced that he and his chica were venturing out for a a bit’o culture. We didn’t have to go far to find it. The Design Tower on Grand Canal Quay was hosting an interactive tour of its studios. The Tower is home to a dynamic bunch.

Artists, jewellery makers, sculptors, and fashion designers. Glass of Merlot in hand, the lovely people at the Tower also laid on snacks and live music, we made our way up to the artists dens. First stop was silversmith Seamus Gill, whose contemporary collections are housed in glass cabinets front of studio. He gave us a behind the scenes look at his workshop, explaining his craft – materials, tools and skill.

Jewellery maker Breda Haugh talked us through her celtic inspired gold and silver work. She designs heritage pieces for the National Museum of Ireland and told us of the value of the Design Tower to the art community. Indeed, many creative types have passed through its doors over the last thirty years. Fine Art Conservationist Ciara Brennan took us through her fascinating art restoration processes next.

Then it was onto the colourful studio of ceramics sculptor Ayelet Lalor. Specialising in one-of-kind figurative and decorative ceramics, Ayelet’s work is striking and fun. She recently contributed a piece to urban pop-up Granby Park, and collaborated with the Doorway Gallery to make a sculpture from icing for their Edible Art exhibition, for Culture Night. Ayelet also runs classes and special group events.

The Misery Hill Gallery were showing work from their latest exhibition, featuring some exquisite mixed media and painting. Philip Murphy explained their innovative use of plastics and how the warping effect reflects that of the human body in life drawing. Finally we dropped into Da Capo, goldsmith duo Lee Harding & Se O’Donoghue. They told us how the rich history of their studio inspires their beautiful work.

It was such a nice evening and I was showing off my holiday tan (freckles) as we strolled back to Merrion Square. Time to drop into the nabes. We hit no.45, the grandest terraced house on the Square. Now home to the Irish Architectural Archive. We enjoyed a tour and history of the house, including the Raymond McGrath exhibtion which is showing until October 4th. Such an impressive building.

The Irish Manuscripts Commision, which shares the first floor, gave an interesting talk on the importance of documenting history. So much of our identity is tied to the past… Culture Night was coming to a close. The Bruv and Herself went in search of food (and drink!) while I popped into n0.38, The Society of Chartered Surveyors. Another pad with a fine Georgian interior. My place is not so fancy!

An intriguing feature was an old map of Dublin from 17-something. So cool. Merrion Square was just off the radar, but I could see my old gaff in the Blackpitts. Not much has changed, really. Still the best town in Europe! It was time for my good self to retire home, a sort of mini Culture Night under my belt. It’s always a buzz to chat with artists and creative bods, thanks to Culture Night. And now to dream…

The Design Tower, Trinity Centre, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2 / Irish Architechtural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 / Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, 38 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Sep 24, 2011

Culture Night – Dublin Opens it’s Doors

Friday 23rd was Culture Night – when the city’s artists, performers and cultural mavens open their doors to the public for free. An excellent worldwide venture that works well in Dublin, this lovely vibrant town we call home! Temple Bar is full of surprises for those who think it’s only a Hen party hotbed – there’s a whole world of creativity here. First stop, the Black Church Print Studio where we were given a guided tour of their various processes and a demonstration of fabric printing.

We popped next door to the Monster Truck Gallery, then into Connolly Books for a browse and to the Gallery of Photography where we checked out Noel Bowler’s latest exhibition. Time for a sit down, so we parked on a giant beanbag at Filmbase for some fantastic Irish movie shorts. Laugh out loud we certainly did – Irish film talent at it’s best. City Hall was next on the agenda and what an impressive space! The domed building onDame Street features a beautiful high ceiling lobby, where we caught an Irish writers history display and a theatrical performance of their works.

Underfoot, amazing vaults house a history of Dublin from Viking times right up to today. There are fascinating artefacts, maps and video guides. The Lord Mayors costumes were my favourite! Culture Night packed in so many venues all over the city, it was a good idea to pick one stamping ground and go for it. Temple Bar was thirsty work so we were glad to be fed and watered in Salamanca on St Andrews Street, a slick Spanish tapas bar. Pinchos, chorizo and vino went down a treat. Finally, a nightcap in The Morgan was the only tonic for a happy carb coma and tired feet.