Irish Architectural Archive 1916 Centenary Exhibitions
Supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Thomas Johnson Westropp (1860-1922), was a noted Irish antiquary who used his camera as an archaeological tool. Westropp visited central Dublin in early May 1916 and for once turned his camera away from dolmens and passage graves to focus instead on the destruction wrought in the city by the Easter Rising. His images remain a vivid record of the violence and destruction of Easter Week.
Architecture Gallery, February – August 1916
‘Ebb and Flow of East Belfast’ is an exhibition of works by Belfast artist Bronagh Lawson reflecting the interface between Republican and Loyalist areas of East Belfast, a fault-lines where the reverberations of the events remembered in the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ are still felt in a real and dramatic way.
Piano Nobile, April – August 2016
The early 20th-Century Irish revolutionary period left many legacies, not the least of which was its direct impact on buildings. From the loss of buildings destroyed to the debates about how to repair the city fabric and on to the rebuilding itself, there is ample scope to reflect on the physical impact of the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War, on central Dublin in particular. This exhibition draws exclusively on the holdings of the Irish Architectural Archive to focus on a selection of prominent Dublin buildings destroyed, or utterly changed, by the events of Easter 1916 and later. These buildings were central to myriad social, commercial, political and religious patterns of life. Their absence, or removal from use, would have had an immediate and disconcerting effect on the daily routines and interactions of thousands of ordinary Dubliners as they lived, moved, worked, prayed and entertained themselves in the post-Rising city: quotidian disruptions making unavoidable and unignorable the profound political phase-shift that had occurred.
Piano Nobile, May- August 2016
A multi-media exhibition curated by artist Niamh McDonnell who invited five artists to create diagram artworks in response to two sets of archival documents and reconstruct acts that inscribe the subject’s relation to the state: the signing of the Covenant and Declaration documents at Belfast City Hall in 1912 and the reading of the Proclamation document at the General Post Office, Dublin, in 1916.
Front Hall, June 2016