Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland: The Society of Artists’ Exhibitions Recreated
Jun 16 2018 - Jul 29 2018
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City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin,
Ms Zoe Coleman
This world-class exhibition of 18th-century Irish paintings marks the restoration of the City Assembly House and commemorates the Society of Artists in Ireland who erected the building in 1766.
Celebrating the City Assembly House’s original incarnation as the first purpose-built public gallery in Britain and Ireland, this exhibition will re-assemble over 80 works of art 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 room in the series of exhibitions the Society held there between 1766 and 1780. What makes this exhibition even more exciting is the intention to hang these paintings in a similar manner as they were when first exhibited.
A lively events programme accompanies the exhibition with curator's tours, accessible tours, workshops for children and adults, film screenings and architectural history tours of Dublin.
An accompanying publication will offer further occasion to revisit and evaluate these stimulating works and to assess Ireland’s first introduction to exhibition culture and the significant contribution it made to an increasingly self-confident national school of Irish art. This will be one of 2018’s great cultural events in Ireland and should not be missed.