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Irish Architectural Talent Showcase Opens At Gluckman Gallery This Weekend

Following on from the success of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, The Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) has announced that the first Irish tour of the Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings exhibition opens this Saturday, April 6.

In 2018, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara became the first Irish architects to curate La Biennale di Venezia in it’s 123 year history. As part of this major event, 16 Irish architect teams were invited to reimagine iconic works by international architects from the 20th Century. This collection was then exhibited as Close Encounter: Meetings With Remarkable Buildings in the Special Section of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

Now set to tour Ireland, the exhibition will be one of the biggest displays of architectural talent seen in the country. It will open at The Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork from April 6 to June 20, before exhibiting at VISUAL Carlow from September 20 to January 19 2020.

Close Encounter which was co-curated by Professor Hugh Campbell. It features immersive sculptural installations by A2 Architects, Boyd Cody Architects, Bucholz McEvoy Architects, Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects, Clancy Moore Architects, Tom dePaor, Dominic Stevens & JFOC, Donaghy + Dimond architects, GKMP Architects, Hassett Ducatez Architects, Heneghan Peng Architects, Kevin Donovan & Ryan W. Kennihan Architects, Mary Laheen & Aoibheann Ní Mhearáin, Noreile Breen, Steve Larkin and Taka Architects.

The tour is produced by the IAF in partnership with the Glucksman and VISUAL Carlow. Speaking about the exhibition Nathalie Weadick, Director of the IAF, said in a statement: “The tour gives us a chance to leave a lasting legacy in Ireland for Irish architects, architecture and artistic culture. It will catalyse that legacy for all participants.”

Fiona Kearney, Director of the Glucksman, added “Close Encounter is a thrilling glimpse into the imaginative space of architecture, and the many ways in which architects might interpret a building. It is a privilege for the Glucksman to host the Irish premiere of the exhibition and to share this fascinating exploration of structure and space. Our visitors will be fascinated by the ambition and intricacy of the 16 works, and no doubt inspired to learn more about the importance of architecture in our everyday lives.”

The IAF will also hold a conference titled Curating Architecture on April 6, in partnership with The Glucksman Gallery and the National Sculpture Factor. With a key-note address from Veronika Valk-Siska, the symposium features a range of national and international speakers who will discuss, explore and imagine the potential of staging architecture in an exhibition setting. These include Pedro Gadanho, Manuel Henriques, Catherine Ince, Kieran Long and Lea-Catherine Szacka.

Tickets for the symposium will also allow delegates the opportunity to attend a public conversation at 5pm on Friday, 5 April at the Glucksman Gallery. The conversation between Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects and UCD Professor Hugh Campbell will mark the launch of the Close Encounter exhibition.

Biographies of all participants in Close Encounter are available here.

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