ENGAGE is a series of innovative countywide initiatives aimed at encouraging the public to acively engage with architecture. ENGAGE is about creating an awareness of our built environment, about taking the time to observe, reflect and appreciate what is around us.
This project is an intiative of the Arts, Heritage and Architecture Sections of Offaly County Council made possible throught funding from the Arts Council and Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltact.
Mapping Towns -Exhibition
Architectural explorations of Daingean, Banagher, Ferbane, Tullamore and Kinnitty Exhibition
Opens Thursday 3 October 2013 @ 8pm in Aras an Chontae, Tullamore
Mapping Towns was undertaken in conjunction with local architects, secondary schools and community groups under the guidance of architect Orla Murphy. The project examines streetscapes, occupation and usage of buildings to encourage awarenss of contemporary architecture while creating an appreciation of existing buildings. The exhibition is the observations andconclusions of students and community groups On show until October 16th.
Artists on Architecture in Birr Theatre and Arts Centre & Aras and Chontae, Tullamore
Read our Press Article on this Exhibition by following this link
Curated by Oonagh Young of www.oonaghyoung.com this dual located exhibition in Birr Theatre and Arts Centre and Aras an Chontae Tullamore featured local and national artists whose works have been inspired by architecture or aspects relating to an architectural practice. The exhibition aims to highlight the interaction between art and architecture and to recognize the value of the artist’s interpretation of the built world. Continues until March 31st
Plein Air days
A series of one day drawing/painting sessions open to artists, architects, engineers and art groups to observe the architectural details of towns in Offaly. Each session will be led by a professional artist/architect who will also facilitate an end of day critique. The resulting work will be documented and with artists permission placed in an online gallery or other format. Please bring your own sketch/paint pads, paint, charcoal, pen/ink or whatever medium you like to use.
Cost €10 per day (including light lunch) booking essential call 057 9357400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
March 16th Tullamore with architect Nicki Cloonan. Meet at Tullamore Library at 10am
March 23rd Edenderry with artist Catherine Mann. Meet at Public Access Arts JKL St. at 10am
March 28th Birr with artist/architect Caelan Bristow. Meet at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre at 10am
A Space for Contemporary Architecture by Yvonne Farrell
March 14th Tullamore Court Hotel 8pm FREE
A lecture on contemporary architecture from one of Ireland’s renowned architects, Yvonne Farrell will highlight examples of infill projects, reuse and mews projects and demonstrate how contemporary architecture can assimilate with our built heritage and bring to life towns , streets and reveal spaces otherwise unseen.
Building our towns - Primary Schools Project
This year we are introducing primary schools to the idea of practical problem solving of spaces and places in their towns, so that there is a reality to their ideas and potential for them to see how they can be realised. Each class is divided into groups and given a design brief based on an existing derelict building/vacant site in their town. Their challenge will be to come up with a solution for this site during the workshop, using a variety of media. Jennifer Dillon will faciltiate workshops in the following schools; Rath NS; St. Cynoc’s NS, Ferbane; Seir Keiran NS, Clareen; Kinnitty NS; Edenderry Boys NS; Monasteroris NS; Croghan NS; Ballybryan NS, Rhode; St. Joseph’s NS Moneygall; Shinrone NS. The results of the workshops will be on display in Aras an Chontae during March.
This mapping excerise will look at streetscapes, occupation of buildings including accommodation above shops and promote the innovative use of derelict or vacant sites, promoting an awareness of contemporary architecture while creating an appreciation of existing building stock.
The exercise will be undertaken in collaboration with TY year students in selected towns in Offaly and mentored by a local facilitator/architect . The students will look at existing usage and make conclusions based on their observations. This may take the form of an exhibition and/or an online document depending on the outcomes