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Making Ireland Modern Exhibition

Making Ireland Modern, which has just received a Highly Commended Award at the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2016, will be touring, presented in significant and central locations in Galway, Cork and Dublin. The exhibition, by joint commissioners and curators Gary A. Boyd and John McLaughlin Architects explores the relationship between architecture, infrastructure and technology in the building of a new nation.

The exhibition will open at Galway International Arts Festival in July, and will be presented in the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway. It runs daily from 11-24 July and admission is free.
The exhibition will also tour to Cork in September and Dublin in October.


Constructed as an open matrix of drawings, photographs, models, and other artefacts, the exhibition presents ten infrastructural episodes- Negatives, Electricity, Health, Transportation, Television, Aviation, Education, Telecommunications, Motorways, Data- spanning a period of one hundred years from 1916-2016. Exploring a range of scales from the detail design of objects to entire landscapes and other territories, Making Ireland Modern describes architecture’s role in transforming the physical and cultural identity of the new state through its intercession in the everyday lives of its population.