Saturday 24 April is International Sculpture Day and Sculpture Dublin is proposing a range of activities designed to encourage Dublin residents to rediscover the city through public sculpture.
Sculpture Dublin was set up to promote awareness of Dublin’s sculptural heritage and to commission 6 news works in parks and public spaces city-wide. For International Sculpture Day, we have programmed a series of talks with contemporary Irish artists to reflect on meaning and making in sculpture today.
We have created an interactive sculpture map to encourage people out into the city – to walk about, look at sculpture (old and new) and to question what it says about Dublin, past and present. Why not create your own trail? We’ve suggested some thematic groupings below.
While on your sculptural odyssey, look out for our International Sculpture Day posters on sites and screens across the city, designed to catch your eye, draw you into the detail and provide a new perspective on sculpture in Dublin through a series of surprising ‘did you knows?’.
Despite the constraints of COVID on arts programming, we are delighted that a number of cultural institutions across the city are putting a spotlight on sculpture for International Sculpture Day. Associated Activities include special events, promotional videos and collections or exhibition programme highlights.
We hope the programme is of interest and that the wealth of sculpture in Dublin becomes more visible, known and loved by more people! We hope you can attend one or more of our artists’ talks on Saturday 24 April and that you have the opportunity to get out on a sculpture hunt full of chance encounters and new revelations.
To register and for more on events and associated activities visit: sculpturedublin.ie/international-sculpture-day/
Talks: Saturday 24th April
11:00am: Sculpturally Speaking: Live talk with artist and curatorial team representing Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2022
Artist, Niamh O’Malley and the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Curatorial Team, Clíodhna Shaffrey and Michael Hill will present individual illustrated talks reflecting on various aspects of sculpture.
12:30pm: EXPERIMENT! Sculpture Award Winner, Rory Tangney in conversation with LAB Gallery Curator, Sheena Barrett
Join Rory Tangney and Sheena Barrett for an informal conversation exploring how Rory intends to use the award to deepen his current focus on experimentation with new materials and processes.
2:00pm: Live talk with Artist, Maud Cotter and Hugh Lane Gallery Director, Barbara Dawson
Maud Cotter will discuss recent work in the context of her wider practice and upcoming exhibition at the Hugh Lane Gallery.
3:30pm: Artist, Vera Klute in conversation with DCC Public Art Officer, Ruairí Ó Cuív
Vera Klute and Ruairí Ó Cuív will discuss the artist’s sculptural work in the context of her wider practice.
5:00pm: Panel discussion with Eilis O’Connell RHA, Patrick T. Murphy, and Niall Ó hOisín, moderated by Ruairí Ó Cuív
Panel discussion about ‘Six Works – Augmented Reality’, an Augmented Reality exhibition of sculptural works by Eilis O’Connell in Wilton Park, Dublin 2