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Describing Architecture ‘Memory and Place’ Exhibition

Describing Architecture reveals unseen aspects of architecture as a creative practice, alongside its relationship to the visual arts and the work of artists. Over the past six years it has provided innovative ways of engaging the public outside of traditional gallery contexts.

This year the exhibition located in the Powerscourt Townhouse and City Assembly House will be continuing its exploration of the ‘Memory and Place’ theme, looking at how we build and why we build – inquiries of both current and universal concern. The work shown is meant to be explorative, to open up areas of discourse rather than dictating the discussion. It asks us to examine our willingness to make new place and new memory, and the motivations that sit behind this.

The show includes work across a wide range of media – drawing, photography, model and film – and from a broad spectrum of Irish and international participants, including architects, artists, students, graduates and design collectives. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see ‘Nenagh College Mapestry’; a Per Cent for Art commission depicting the interwoven life and social spaces of a new school, that has been transported to the Octagonal Room of the City Assembly House on loan for the duration of the show.

As a new part of Describing Architecture this year, the Arts Council through the Engaging with Architecture Scheme is part-funding the installation of Warp, a custom-made wire rope display by design collective Nós Workshop in the atrium of Powerscourt Townhouse, and ‘A Question of Space’ a series of free design workshops run by Suzanne E. Martin.

Describing Architecture is organised and curated by Antóin Doyle, supported and part-funded by the Arts Council under the Engaging with Architecture Scheme 2015, the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht under the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015, and Irish Design 2015, and supported by the Architectural Association of Ireland, the Irish Architecture Foundation, the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, and NCAD. Venue support is provided with warm thanks to the Irish Georgian Society and Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.
The exhibition runs to 1 November 2015, it is open seven days a week, 12 to 6pm at City Assembly House and Powerscourt Townhouse, 58 & 59 South William Street, Dublin 2

See www.describingarchitecture.com for details on events over the next 2 weeks