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COLLECT, COLLECTING, COLLECTED - One day Glass Symposium at the National Museum of Ireland

Glass artists, designers and curators come together for this important symposium at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks on Wednesday, 23rd May 2018.  The symposium is part of the Museum's exciting Artist in Residency programme for 2018 with artist Róisín de Buitléar, and aims to stimulate and inspire; exploring how, why and what makes a contemporary collection significant. 


COLLECT, COLLECTING, COLLECTED – one day Glass Symposium at the National Museum of Ireland. 

 

"Whether you're a collector, artist, academic, or just love glass, this one-day symposium is for you" - Róisín de Buitléar

 

Glass artists, designers and curators come together for this important symposium at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks on Wednesday, 23rd May 2018.  

The symposium is part of the Museum's exciting Artist in Residency programme for 2018 with artist Róisín de Buitléar, and aims to stimulate and inspire; exploring how, why and what makes a contemporary collection significant. 

 

This is an exciting and varied programme which should make for an interesting and informative day. It highlights the wonderful range of the National Museum’s glass collections and will form an excellent spotlight on the work we undertake” - Rolly Read, Head of Collections & Learning and Acting Director

 

Insight from Museum Curators:

Dr Audrey Whitty, Keeper of the Decorative Arts & History Division, will explain provenance through historical and contemporary glass objects that form part of the collections of the National Museum of Ireland since its foundation in 1877.

 

Nigel Monaghan, Keeper of the Natural History Division, will dive into the world-renowned Blaschka collection of marine invertebrates. The Natural History Museum holds one of the largest collections of Blaschka models in the world. Each object was designed individually on commission, using combinations of glass, lacquers, and pigments, and represents the height of technical and artistic skill in Victorian glass art. 

 

Insight from Artists:

Artist Peter Young will share a personal insight into the commissioning process for his stained glass work and discuss other stained glass windows in Dublin, including the Harry Clarke Eve of St. Agnes window in Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane. 

 

How did 6000 workers operate in the famous Waterford Crystal factory, and under what conditions? How were designs developed? How did Marketing strategies influence the objects produced by the factory? Discover stories about the glorious days of working within the famous Waterford Crystal factory by Fred Curtis and Greg Sullivan, cutters, copper-wheel engravers, and former glass masters.

  

Get behind the scenes:

A guided tour of the newly launched exhibition CAUTION! Fragile. Irish Glass – Tradition in Transition will be given by the artists: Fred Curtis, Greg Sullivan and Róisín de Buitléar. This exhibition is a unique collaboration, bringing a new perspective to the story of Irish glass as it examines its history and looks to its future. 

  

An open question and answer session on collecting is also part of the day’s events, with ample time to mingle and network between sessions. 

 

This symposium is open to anyone with an interest in the medium of glass and beautifully made objects past and present, through the outstanding collections of the National Museum of Ireland, both decorative arts and natural history! Marking Róisín de Buitléar’s residency and ongoing exhibition CAUTION! Fragile, Irish Glass - Tradition in Transition at the National Museum, Collins Barracks, the aim of this event will be to open a window on a vigorous Irish art form, whose world-wide reputation is synonymous with our nation.“ – Dr Audrey Whitty

 

Do not miss this extraordinary occasion! Visit our Event Brite page to book your tickets. Tickets €10 - €25     (Link to page: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/one-day-glass-symposium-collect-collecting-collected-tickets-45582395171)

 

For more information on the symposium & residency, please contact: bookings@museum.ie or + 353 (0) 1 648 6453

 

This one-day symposium has been organised by Artist in Residence Róisín de Buitléar in collaboration with The National Museum of Ireland

 

 

About the Residency:

 

The National Museum of Ireland is delighted to collaborate with internationally renowned artist and educator Róisín de Buitléar, our Artist in Residence for 2018. Throughout the year, Róisín will explore the museum’s collections with her artist’s eye and passion for Irish culture, craft, artistry and heritage. She will also experiment and develop new work in her museum studio.

 

You are invited to see the museum’s collections through her unique prism and to discover more through the outreach and in-house projects. Have your say as she connects with wider audiences on social media, museum networks and with residents, local artists and students.

 

Lorraine Comer, Head of Education, added “Having Róisín de Buitléar as artist in residence at Collins Barracks is hugely important for the Museum. As artist and educator, Róisín is exploring the wealth of material in the Museum’s collections and working with Education staff at Collins Barracks to provide a rich and varied programme of workshops, talks and tours as well as this symposium, for a diverse range of individuals and communities.”

 

 

FOR MORE PRESS INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dr Audrey Whitty, Keeper, Art & Industrial Division, National Museum of Ireland 

T: 00353 1 6486466 | E: awhitty@museum.ie

  

Helen Beaumont, Education Officer, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History 

T: 00353 1 6486 405 | E: hbeaumont@mseum.ie

  

Róisín de Buitléar, Artist-in-residence at the National Museum of Ireland 

rdebuitlear@museum.ie

  

Alexane Torterat, Marketing Department, National Museum of Ireland 

T: 01 6486427 | E: atorterat@museum.ie

  

   

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