It’s the Weekend: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibitions in Dublin and Cork

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This weekend, immerse yourself in art and culture, with exhibitions across the country celebrating Irish sculptors.

Sculpture in Context 2021 – National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin

The Sculpture in Context exhibition returns to The National Botanic Gardens this year from 2 September to 15 October, exhibiting the work of over 140 artists.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the exhibition, following the cancellation of last year’s event due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The exhibition provides a space for established and emerging artists to present their work outside of the typical gallery setting.

Sculpture by Merce Canadell, photographed by Ramona Farrelly

The Garden Tearoom is now open for a refreshment and snack break along the way, serving takeaway food and beverages until 4pm on weekdays and 5pm on weekends.

Garden opening hours:
Weekdays: 10am—5pm
Weekends and public holidays: 10am—6pm.

Entry to the gardens is free.

Sculpture Exhibition – Montenotte Hotel, Co. Cork

Cork’s luxurious Montenotte Hotel hosts its annual sculpture exhibition in association with The Kildare Gallery. This year’s exhibition will take place in the Victorian sunken gardens until 26 September, with the theme ‘Reawakening’.

Sculpture displayed at Montenotte Hotel

The collection of over 42 contemporary designs will celebrate imagination and positivity, with many of the sculptures also available to purchase.

The gardens will be open daily from 10am, with no booking required. Guests are asked to sign in at the hotel’s reception where they will be directed to the gardens. Social distancing measures will also be in place to ensure the health and safety of staff and visitors.

The Glasshouse at Montenotte Hotel

Stop off for a drink during your visit at Montenotte’s brand new rooftop bar and terrace, The Glasshouse. Celebrating its opening this week, the bar offers a sophisticated atmosphere with art-deco style furnishings and an extensive menu of botanical-inspired cocktails.

While The Glasshouse is currently open exclusively to hotel residents, it will be opening to the general public in the coming weeks.

Find out more here, or email The Kildare Gallery for enquiries.

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