Róisín de Buitléar Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Ireland 2018

Join Róisín de Buitléar; artist, educator and collaborator, as she explores the National Museum of Ireland as Artist in Residence in 2018. Born in Dublin, Róisín de Buitléar is an internationally recognised artist, represented in public collections in Ireland, Britain, France, China and the USA. Inspired by her Irish cultural heritage she has been working with glass throughout her career. She has many site specific artworks in public buildings throughout Ireland, such as the National Botanic Gardens, the Basilica of Knock, Co. Mayo, Ballyroan Public Library, Dublin and the sensory garden at Áras an Úachtarán, the President’s Residence in the Phoenix Park Dublin. In 2011 the Irish Postal Service issued a national stamp featuring her work ‘Catch a breath’ celebrating the year of international craft.

Her recent work focuses on creating sound objects from glass, working with contemporary musicians who play percussive, stringed and wind pieces in haunting public performances. These pieces have also been the subject of national and international exhibitions and you can see and hear some of them at the National Museum of Ireland this year. Sound is also a theme for a National Children’s Garden where Róisín is currently designing interactive sound sculptures for the city council. This garden is being designed to commemorate children who died during the 1916 Rising and will open in 2018. Look out for it at St Audoen’s church park, the oldest medieval church in Dublin.

Situated at the heart of Dublin City, the National Museum of Ireland will host the internationally acclaimed exhibition CAUTION! Fragile. Irish Glass: Tradition in Transition. Three former Master Craftsmen from the world famous Waterford Crystal factory have collaborated with Róisín on a unique exhibition that draws on the cultural identity of Ireland. Opening on March 9th 2018 CAUTION! Fragile connects with the soul of Irish culture, focusing on the themes of history, landscape and sound. Museum visitors will have a completely immersive experience including photography and oral histories.  The magnificence of Irish crystal and contemporary sculpture are captured in a series of figurative sculptures, retelling personal narratives from life in the most famous of all glass factories. The exhibition runs until January 2019.

During 2018 Róisín will be delving into the collection at the National Museum of Ireland to experiment and develop new work at her studio in the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks Dublin. View the museum’s collection for a 12 month period through her unique prism and passion for Irish culture, craft, artistry and heritage. Discover more through her outreach and in-house projects. Listen in on her exchanges with artists, museum personnel, and visitors of the museum. Have your say as she connects with wider audiences in social media, museum networks, residents, local artists and amongst students.

The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History is home of numerous artefacts and fine examples of silver, ceramics, glassware, weaponry, furniture, Folklife, clothing, jewellery, coins and medals. If you are interested in Military history then check out the Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition or Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising. If your interest lies in Decorative Arts, don’t miss the Eileen Gray exhibition, or The Way We Wore.

Admission to the collections is FREE. The National Museum of Ireland is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm, and between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday (closed on Monday, including Bank Holidays). The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History is located on the Red Luas Line (stop Museum) and only a few minutes walk from the city centre.

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