Open House Dublin is a free annual celebration of the city’s best architecture, when buildings of all types and periods open their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore. The theme for 2017’s event is The City as a Stage. In 2017, Open House Dublin explores the central role architecture plays in our society, how it frames the patterns and structures the practices of our collective urban existence, from the private, domestic realm to the city-wide, public sphere.
On Saturday, 14th October join an experienced Open House Festival Tour Guide for a tour of the RHA galleries and studios – tours begin at 11:30 and 12:30. RHA Studio Residents Martin Healy, Naomi Sex, Jinoos Taghizadeh, Kevin Smith, Eve O’Callaghan and Christopher Kearney will also open their studios to the public for an Open Studio event in the RHA School.
TOURS: 11:30 & 12:30
OPEN STUDIO: 11:00 – 13:00
TOUR TYPE: First-Come
OPENING DATES & TIMES: Saturday, 14th October, 11:00 to 17:00
BUILDING ARCHITECT: Henry J Lyons
BUILDING DATE: Refurbished 2008
The Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) has been housed at Ely Place since 1970. This project comprised of the renovation and re-organisation of the existing structure to provide clear routes and paths through the building while improving the quality of the gallery spaces. A simple material palette is continued through the building which serves as a back-drop for the constantly changing exhibits of Irish and International art. Glazed walls are used as buffers on the ground floor pulling the café and bookshop in from the street with the white stone volume of the galleries above. A separate studio based educational facility which includes a reference library as well as group and individual studio spaces is situated above the rear galleries. Large north facing windows provide an abundance of daylight to these spaces.