ARCHITECTURE IRELAND LOOKS AT SOME OF THE ARCHITECTURAL HIGHLIGHTS OF CULTURE NIGHT 2014
RIAI – Free walking tours and film
Architecture Tours Ireland will provide free walking tours of Dublin’s buildings and urban spaces as night falls in the city. Free tours departing from the RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Strictly on first come basis. The acclaimed film ‘Drawing on Life’ by Paul Clarke and Conor McCafferty, will be on show in the beautiful RIAI Council Rooms. The film is based on a series of interviews with seven architects/practices : including (in order of appearance) Nigel Murray, Grafton Architects, Michael Doherty, O’Donnell +Tuomey Architects, Nigel Peake, McCullough Mulvin, Tom dePaor and Shane O’Toole. Recent national and international screenings include the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA); the Belfast Film Festival; the Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisbon; and the Winnipeg Architecture and Design Film Festival. As the film is constructed around seven individual conversations, or episodes, it allows the audience to drop in—even for a short while during busy Culture Night! More info here.
Enjoy a tour through the newly (and controversially) revamped ‘small house’, and discover the remarkable secrets of this architectural gem. Casino Marino is a cleverly disguised interior of lavishly decorated plasterwork and richly patterned marquetry floors, hidden inside a neo-classical temple, that on the night will be bathed in a kaleidoscope of colour changing lights. More info here.
Darc Space 5 – 9:30 pm
The Dublin Architecture Space or Darc Space opened its doors in October 2009 with its first exhibition ‘Becoming’. The subject matter ranges from architecture to urban design through to landscape. The connecting themes of environment and sustainability are a common thread through these varied disciplines. Darc Space have a track-record of presenting architecture and architectural ideas to the wider public, as well as other architects, designers, planners and urbanists. More info here.
Tailor’s Hall – An Taisce 5 – 9 pm
Tailors’ Hall is Dublin’s oldest surviving guildhall and home to An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland. On the night you can enjoy the sounds of live classical music, played from the 18th Century balcony overlooking the Great Hall. A rare architectural gem in the heart of the city. More info here.
Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club 5 – 10 pm
You might have passed it a hundred times on Stephen’s Green; looked in the windows of Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, and wondered what it’s like inside. The Club grew out of the earlier Union Club closely associated with Daniel O’Connell, the 19th Century political reformer. It first opened its doors in 1840 as the Stephen’s Green Club. For the first time in 170 years, the exclusive Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club will open their doors to the public, where you will discover a property immersed in Dublin’s history. More info here.
IMMA25 – Culture Crawl 6 pm
IMMA25 is the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s first ever youth collective. Envisaged to provide a platform for young creative collaboration for people aged 18 – 25, IMMA25 will support a creative community of peer learning and mutual artistic expression and appreciation, by celebrating the young creative energy of Dublin through club nights, film screenings, social events, and more.
IMMA25’s Culture Crawl, the collective’s inaugural event, will take place on Culture Night, bringing you exclusive access to both the biggest cultural institutions to the lesser known artistic and architectural gems of Dublin. If you want to avoid the chaos of crowds and queuing, join IMMA25 for a free night of art, culture and the all important free wine.
Please note this is an 18 – 25’s event. Booking is essential. More info here.
For the full line-up on Culture Night, please visit their website here.