Making Ireland Modern, which has just received a Highly Commended Award at the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2016, will be touring, presented in significant and central locations in Galway, Cork and Dublin. The exhibition, by joint commissioners and curators Gary A. Boyd and John McLaughlin Architects explores the relationship between architecture, infrastructure and technology in the building of a new nation. Constructed as an open matrix of drawings, photographs, models, and other artefacts, the exhibition presents ten infrastructural episodes- Negatives, Electricity, Health, Transportation, Television, Aviation, Education, Telecommunications, Motorways, Data- spanning a period of one hundred years from 1916-2016. Exploring a range of scales from the detail design of objects to entire landscapes and other territories, Making Ireland Modern describes architecture’s role in transforming the physical and cultural identity of the new state through its intercession in the everyday lives of its population.
Staging this exhibition in Ireland in 2016 presents an opportunity for a broad public to celebrate the role of architecture and infrastructure in the construction of the Irish State at a particular moment of commemoration and cultural examination of our recent past.
Making Ireland Modern is a key touring project in ART:2016: The Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016, and is also supported by The Government Policy on Architecture and The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI)
The exhibition will open at Galway International Arts Festival in July, and will be presented in the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway. It runs daily from 11-24 July and admission is free.
Cork: St Peter’s Centre 8 September- 1 October 2016
Dublin: Earlsfort Terrace, D2 13 October – 12 November 2016
Electricity Supply Board Ireland (ESB) + Siemens Schikert
Grafton Architects + Roughen O’Donovan Civil Engineers
Michael Scott Architects
Noel Dowley Architects
Norman White Architect (Department of Health)
Office of Public Works Architects + Aer Rianta Architects
Peter + Mary Doyle Architects
Ronald Tallon (Scott Tallon Architects)
Other researchers and contributors include:
Gareth Doherty (Harvard Graduate Design School), Kevin Donovan (UCD/DIT), Sarah Lappin (QUB), Denis Linehan (UCC), Roseanne Lynch (Artist), Aoibheann No Mhearain (UCD, Princeton), Ellen Rowley (TCD), Anna Ryan (SAUL), Una Walker (NCAD), Brian Ward (DIT).
Event details and further information via: making irelandmodern.ie
Making Ireland Modern is part of the Arts Council’s ART:2016 programme of events.