Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Here's the Heads Up #7

There's lots to see, make and do in Dublin at the moment, here's a selection (with an unintentional emphasis on talks and textiles):

Open now until 29 January:
A Space for Learning, NCAD Gallery, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8
If you've not made it to this exhibition yet, check it out before the end of the month, when it closes in NCAD to move on to the next venue in its national tour. More details on the tour here soon, to read more about the exhibition by the Irish Architecture Foundation, check out a post from the past.

(Image of cabinet and chair by Eileen Gray via IMMA)

Open now until 13 February:
The Moderns, IMMA, Dublin 8
The Irish Museum of Modern Art presents a major exhibition exploring the development of modernity in Ireland, encompassing visual art, architecture, design, performance, music and more. The exhibition is vast, presenting a large amount of work from IMMA's collection and taking up most of the museum's exhibition spaces. This major survey is the first in a series of events celebrating IMMA's 20th birthday.

19 January, 1pm:
Dr. Conor Skehan speaking at the Dublin Seminar, TCD's Long Room Hub, Dublin 2
The Dublin Seminar is a series of talks and discussions taking place in Trinity College's most recent addition, the Long Room Hub. The Seminar aims to explore the city in terms of design, history, politics, economics and more. This week's installment comes from spatial planner Dr. Conor Skehan, who will be discussing whether the way Dublin city is planned is reflective of its position as an economic driver for the country. Also, a great chance to see an award-winning building from McCullough Mulvin Architects.

19 January, 4pm:
Eileen Gray - An Irish Modernist, IMMA, Dublin 8
To coincide with IMMA's current show, Collins' Barracks curator Jennifer Goff gives a free talk about Ireland's first starchitect, Eileen Gray.

29 January, 10.30am - 5.30pm:
Heroes and Anti-Heroes of 20th Century Irish Architecture, IMMA, Dublin 8
A one-day seminar to coincide with IMMA's exhibition, The Moderns taking a look at 20th century Irish design and architecture and the people who made it all happen.

(Image via Textile Workshop Dublin's blog)

Beginning end of January, running through February and March:
Textile Workshop Dublin, A4 Art Shop, Thomas Street, Dublin 2 & the Pearse Museum, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
A4 Art Shop on Thomas Street is not only a great place to buy art materials, it's also the sometime home of Textile Workshop Dublin. Book one (or more) of a host of printing, embroidery, patchwork, hand-stitching and other classes. You can even take part in a workshop to make a garment in a day. Also, there's cake - what a bonus!

Beginning end of January, running through February and March:
Sip and Stitch Academy, Om Diva, Drury Street, Dublin 2
So named because there's tea, coffee and wine on offer, the Sip and Stitch Academy runs a wide range of evening textile classes, some one-offs, some you can attend for a number of weeks at a time. Email Ruth or call 01 6791211 for more information on embroidery, weaving, knitting, and sewing skills classes, or take the opportunity to make a garment or upcycle some "pre-loved" clothes.

Every Thursday through January, February and March:
A.Rubanesque Customisation Classes, A.Rubanesque, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin 2
A. Rubanesque, purveyors of fine ribbons, threads, buttons and more, are running evening customisation classes in-store. Check them out or give them a call for more info and to book yourself into a one-off class to "re-learn the skills your granny would have known"...

Every Tuesday through January and February:
Web polls on Dublin, Irish Architecture Foundation website
The Irish Architecture Foundation have teamed up with the authors of a new book, Re-Drawing Dublin to bring the opinions of the public about Dublin city streets....to the streets. Participate in weekly online polls, join in in the discussion (recent topics include "Should Dublin go higher?" and "Is the Phoenix Park underused?") and see the results on metropoles all over the city in March.