RHA Friends Event

Tour of Crowded Thresholds in Farmleigh Gallery, Lunch & Guided Tour of Farmleigh House
20 Mar 2020
Time: 11.40am - 3pm

Curator/jewellery designer, Fiona Mulholland will guide the Friends of the RHA through the exhibition Crowded Thresholds, a thought-provoking group exhibition on tour from the National Design & Craft Gallery. This impressive exhibition curated by Mulholland features artists Max Brosi, Joe Caslin, Julie Connellan, Hazel Kenny, Daithi Magner, Paul McClure, Caoimhe McGuckin, John Rainey, Niall Sweeney and Brigitta Varadi.

It represents the ‘emotional geography’ of the makers, generating a fascinating visual interplay between authentic storytelling and artistic expression, with a sense of playfulness and infectious imagination. From amputated limb jewellery to wearable measurement systems; voluptuously illustrated silk scarfs, to Rorschach inkblot textile hangings; derelict angel houses constructed using found materials, to artifacts that suggest new ways of representing the self – Crowded Thresholds is an intriguing group exhibition of established and emerging practitioners, working across different disciplines in applied art, design and visual art. A common thread throughout is the artists’ preoccupation with making the invisible, visible, and a fundamental interest in traditional processes and materials.

After this tour the Friends will enjoy lunch in the Boathouse cafe beside Farmleigh House and the afternoon will continue with a guided tour of Farmleigh House.

Farmleigh remains a unique representation of its heyday, the Edwardian period, and houses important artworks and furnishings. The guided tour of Farmleigh House takes you from the eighteenth century, when building commenced, right up to the present day. Hear the fascinating stories of various members of the Guinness family who lived in the house and discover the magnificent architecture and treasures in the Farmleigh collection as well as the Benjamin Iveagh collection of rare books, bindings, and manuscripts which is held in the Library.

Booking is essential for all Friends of the RHA events. To book please email Michelle Considine, Friends Co-ordinator at friends@rhagallery.ie or tel: 01 661 2558.

Image: Farmleigh House Library, Photo courtesy of Farmleigh House.

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