Arty Things To Do This Week


For the first time in the RHA’s history, you can now view all 455 works of art in the 190th annual exhibition online. Showcasing painting, sculpture, print, photography, drawing and architectural models by Academy Members, the Annual Exhibition offers an unparalleled opportunity for first-time buyers and the discerning collector alike. Discover prize winners, Academy Member-led tours and make purchases, all from the safety of your own home;

The Dublin Art Book Fair is underway until December 6. Now in its tenth year, this online book fair features 70 limited edition artist books made especially for the fair by participating artists, with prices starting from as little as €5. There’s also a series of talks around the idea that design is now addressing themes such as climate change, the rise of inequality and technology. Design critic Alice Rawsthorn will explore these ideas in her talk “Design as an Attitude.” Other speakers include Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Gallery in London, who discusses the work and life of poet and philosopher, Édouard Glissant, while artist Sarah Pierce speaks to American artists, Tammy Rae Cartland and Kathy Slade on self-publishing, dissemination, and activism in design. Clearly this initiative organised by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is a must visit for contemporary art fans (pictured is artist Liliane Puthod based at the Gallery + Studios). Do checkout the online gift ideas too;

The D8 Refugee Community Sponsorship group is hosting an online ArtRaiser Christmas sale featuring many established and emerging Irish artists such as Eamonn Doyle, Maser, Aoife Scott, Cian McLoughlin, Seán Molloy, Malcolm McGettigan, Eoghain Phelan, Eve Woods, Mark Cullen, and Derek Fitzpatrick. This sale has been organised by the D8 Refugee Community Sponsorship group with the aim of making a difference to a refugee family in need. Bids should be emailed to [email protected] – the first person to offer the recommended price will be successful, or the artwork will go to the first nearest bidder when the ArtRaiser closes on Friday December 18;

Set a date for Saturday December 4 when the first Roe & Creators virtual pop up in collaboration with The Useless Project begins. These will run for three weekends across the month of December on the Roe & Co Instagram page providing shoppers with unique gifts from nine Irish businesses. The first pop-up will include Kopper Kreations, an industrial homewares brand from Dublin that uses reclaimed and recycled materials to create unique and eye-catching homewares. Sustainability is at the heart of the Kopper Kreation ethos and all products are handmade and finished to enhance the natural qualities of the different raw materials. Another brand is ELN, a Belfast born up and coming streetwear brand that transcends seasons and can be restyled and re-worn again and again. Each piece is sustainably and ethically sourced and is created to last, both in quality and design. @roeandcowhiskey

At the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Nickie Hayden’s exhibition “Sanctuary” is on until December 13. Hayden works in oil and acrylic painting, sculpture, mixed media and installation, and her current exhibition is inspired by the words of the critically acclaimed American poet Peter Money. Do visit the gallery online or in person at 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1 – no appointment is necessary;

Artist Gerard Byrne is offering a pre-Christmas giveaway, to celebrate the launch of his new limited edition fine art prints from his recent “Pause For Harmony, Art in Lockdown” exhibition. If you visit his Instagram page he is asking the public to vote for their favourite painting from this series. If you are unfamiliar with it, do take a virtual tour of the exhibition on Gerard’s website. Don’t delay though – the competition ends this evening, Wednesday November 25 on Instagram @gerard_byrne_artist.

Another annual art sale which always provides plenty of inspiration and Irish artwork at accessible price points is that of The Doorway Gallery, which opened this week and runs until December 24. Each of the gallery’s stable of artists paints small squares which are on sale for €500 or below. Pictured is a seascape by Isobel Henihan – on my wishlist. Do visit in person and online – these miniature marvels sell out fast!

Thinking about unique decorations? Irish artist Alison Byrne of WildBird Studio has a clever new collection of contemporary Christmas decorations utilising her glass studio’s off-cuts. The limited edition collection features glass snowflakes and stars. Alison crushes the leftover glass into frit – glass sand – before adding iridised frit to give each piece a hint of sparkle. Finally, each piece is fused in her kiln in special moulds. The decorations are €15 each, or €45 for a set of four. Each comes with an invisible string for hanging;

Chester Beatty is hosting a live Papercut Christmas cards tutorial for adults this Saturday, November 28 at 12pm, led by artist and designer Paul Bokslag. Learn the basic paper cutting techniques and make a pretty (impressive) snowflake card – all you need is some scissors, glue and printer paper;


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