Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland is a must see show at Dublin’s City Assembly House – the first purpose built exhibition gallery in Ireland and Britain – which reopened on Friday 15 June, following construction works. The architects for the project were Consarc.
The exhibition re-assembles works by Society of Artists members such as Thomas Roberts, Jonathan Fisher, James Forrester, Robert Carver, Robert Healy and Hugh Douglas Hamilton, including many pieces which were first displayed in the building in the series of exhibitions the Society held there between 1766 and 1780. With loans secured from national institutionssuch as the National Gallery of Ireland, the Royal Irish Academy and
private collectors, this exhibition reunites over 80 works by exhibiting Society of Artists’ members. The show celebrates the building’s original incarnation as the first purpose-built public gallery in Ireland and Britain, constructed by the Society of Artists in Ireland over 250 years ago.
President of the Irish Georgian Society Sir David Davies said: “The completion of the City Assembly House conservation project brings to an end one of the most ambitious initiatives the Irish Georgian Society has undertaken in its sixty-year history. In all €2million was raised from donors and members in the United States, Ireland and the UK, and with the support of Dublin City Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaelteacht.”
Open Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Free admission. For information on guided tours and exclusive events see igs.ie/events.