We’re unwinding in SEASPA at Kelly’s Resort, dining AL FRESCO, and visiting a gardening demonstration in KILDARE VILLAGE …
WHO: We’re heading to Kildare Village to see landscape gardener, Mark Grehan, demonstrate in Só Collective this Saturday, June 10 from 2pm – 4pm. Mark’s career as a landscape designer began while he was training to become a florist. Inspired by the landscape and fields of Connemara where he grew up, Irish craft and heritage will be to the fore during this workshop when Mark will be offering advice on how to create the perfect ambiance at home. This From the Maker workshop follows from the new-look landscape and garden installations in Kildare Village, designed by iconic florist, Nikki Tibbles. www.kildarevillage.com.
WHY: If you’re a fan of the French beauty brand Caudalie (we’re never without its iconic Beauty Elixir) then news that SeaSpa at Kelly’s Resort in Rosslare are now offering treatments using the anti-oxidant grape-based products will be enough incentive to book in. Take your pick from several innovative treatments such as the Wine Makers Massage (55 minutes, €83) which apparently recreates the steps of the wine-making process on the body, while the massage activates blood circulation and muscle tone. Or how about the Premier Cru Facial (1hr 20mins, €99), which includes a massage using a roller with a micro-point system to stimulate the production of collagen? Telephone: 053-9132626, www.kellys.ie.
WHAT: One of the numerous reasons we like summer is that it yields many seasonal pop-ups. Cork-based goldsmith Tuula Harrington of Designworks Studio, who won Jewellery Design of the Year at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards, is hosting a pop-up shop of her new jewellery collection at Origin Gallery, 37 Fitzwilliam Upper, Dublin 2. Taking place on Thursday, June 8 at 6pm, the event is a one-night only opportunity to view, try on, and purchase Tuula’s Duille Nua collection, meaning “new leaf”. In addition, Tuula will be unveiling unique pieces, made in 18ct gold with gemstones such as tourmaline and opal. www.tuulaharrington.com.
WHERE: One of the highlights of the Cork cultural calendar is the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design Degree Show. Opening on Friday, June 9, it presents an opportunity to view the fresh and dynamic work of the next generation of artists. This exhibition has as its title Beyond Dialogue and will showcase over 60 students’ work, and includes a wide range of art processes including, painting, sculpture, photography, media, print, performance, ceramics, glass, and textiles. www.citdegreeexhibitions.com.
WHO: Irish artist Margaret Egan’s incredible 6ft by 7ft painting The Movement of Sound was recently commissioned by the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and is now installed in their Kevin Barry Recital Room. Marrying image and music seamlessly this is something to check out on your next visit. For further information on the artist and news of her upcoming exhibition at the Solomon gallery in September, visit www.margaretegan.com.
AND: There’s still time to see Eamon O’Kane’s exhibition at the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny, which closes on June 11. The title of the exhibition, Does all the beauty of the world cease when you die? is taken from The Last Dream of the Old Oak Tree by Hans Christian Andersen (1858). The show consists of various artworks which together explore the history of, and humankind’s relationship to, the natural world. Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny. www.butlergallery.com, www.eamonokane.com.
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