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Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art | Courtesy of Irish Academic Press and the National Gallery of Ireland / Fantasy 12: A Fantastical Trip Into Iconic Album Artwork | Courtesy of Hens Teeth Prints / IMMA Collection: Freud Project | Courtesy of IMMA
Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art | Courtesy of Irish Academic Press and the National Gallery of Ireland / Fantasy 12: A Fantastical Trip Into Iconic Album Artwork | Courtesy of Hens Teeth Prints / IMMA Collection: Freud Project | Courtesy of IMMA
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7 Exhibitions To See In Dublin This Autumn

Picture of Kate Phelan
Updated: 30 September 2016
Dublin’s upcoming exhibition schedule is an exciting one, with several notable art shows taking place in the city, celebrating everything from classic paintings with Irish history as their focal point to fantastical album covers that never were. Read on to discover the Dublin art dates to put in your diary this autumn.

Samuel Laurence Cunnane at the Douglas Hyde Gallery

📅 September 30th – November 7th

The work of Irish photographer Samuel Laurence Cunnane is a lesson in documenting the beauty in the everyday, ordinary details that make life beautiful. Hand printed from 35mm film, his photographs are soft and nostalgic, elevating an item or scene the average person may not look twice at to a work of art. Quenching a thirst among today’s visually saturated culture for something slower, more deliberate, he has recently held solo exhibitions in both Dublin and New York. This autumn, he will show at The Douglas Hyde Gallery at Trinity College.

📍 Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 896 1116

Graham Crowley at The Cross Gallery

📅 October 6th-29th

English artist Graham Crowley is described in his biography on The Cross Gallery website as ‘a painter of restless intelligence and tremendous energy’. For the past several years, he has been directing that energy towards shifting notions about landscapes in his painting, that is, ‘how we remember a place, as against how it really looks.’ Taking place in the lovely surroundings of The Cross Gallery on Francis Street – in Dublin’s art and antique quarter – this October exhibition in Dublin will showcase his most recent works.

📍 Cross Gallery, 59 Francis Street, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland, +353 1 473 8978

Something Hero Something at the RHA Ashford Gallery

📅 October 7th – November 6th

Something Hero Something is the latest exhibition by Belfast-based artist Kevin Miller, who likes to explore ‘the differences between ideas and actually creating them’ in his art. Primarily using digital painting, his work is a commentary on how creating on a computer can be seen as being at odds with the traditional ideas we have about art, and explains his use of it as a means ‘to escape from the canvas and a very small part of the ever-present art historical baggage that accompanies painting.’

📍 RHA Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 661 2558


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Creating History: Stories of Ireland at the National Gallery of Ireland

📅 October 8th, 2016 – January 15th, 2017

Coinciding with the emphasis on Irish history brought on by the centenary of the 1916 Rising, the National Gallery’s Creating History: Stories of Ireland exhibition will spotlight around 50 paintings that document important happenings in Irish history. Beginning with the arrival of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick, and culminating in the hard-won founding of the Irish Free State in 1922, the collection will consist of works painted from the 17th century up until the early 20th century, by both Irish and international painters, from Jack B. Yeats and John Lavery to Dutch Baroque painter Jan Wyck. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated publication, edited by Brendan Rooney.

📍 National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 661 5133

Fantasy 12: A Fantastical Trip Into Iconic Album Artwork

📅 October 13th-20th

A collaboration between three Dublin businesses – Hen’s Teeth Prints, This Greedy Pig online magazine and ChoiceCutsFantastic 12 is a collection of fantasy album covers by the people who created some of the artwork for these music experts’ favourite albums. The exhibition will launch at The Copper House Gallery on October 13th, and be followed by a week-long programme of events incorporating live music, talks and record fairs. It looks set to be a must-see event for music fans, and all of the artwork will be available to buy as prints from Hen’s Teeth Prints after the exhibition launch.

📍 The Copper House Gallery, St Kevin’s Cottages, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin, Ireland, +353 1 478 4088

The IMMA Collection: Freud Project

📅 October 21st, 2016 – October 2017

The first part of a large exhibition of work relating to the pre-eminent British portrait and figure artist of his time, Lucian Freud, will be on display at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) from October 21st. This first year of a five-year-long loan of his work to the gallery from private collections will involve 50 of the artist’s finest works being displayed, from self-portraits to still lifes. Somewhat unsurprising for the grandson of renowned psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, Lucian Freud’s work is known for its ‘psychological penetration’ of the subject. The first year of the Freud Project, finishing in October 2017, will be followed by a showing of works created in response to Freud.

Tickets: €5 – €8 (Free for IMMA Members, full-time students, under 18s, and free for all on Tuesdays.)

📍 IMMA, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland, +353 1 612 9900

Atlas: A Reverie at the Kerlin Gallery

📅 October 28th – December 10th

NCAD-educated Irish sculptor, painter and installation artist Kathy Prendergast concentrates her work on the themes of ‘sexuality, identity, landscape, mapping and power’. Having won the Best Young Artist Award at the Venice Biennale in 1995 for a project called City Drawings, she has gone on to be a feature in the collections of London’s Tate Gallery, the British Government Collection, and the Arts Councils of both Britain and Ireland. Her new exhibition Atlas: A Reverie is a contemplation of migration and settlement centred around framed images using an AA Road Atlas of Europe.

📍 Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 670 9093