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CIAS Outings in 2013

Here are our upcoming events for this autumn/winter

Saturday 14 September
12:30 pm.
The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square,
Dublin 2
Visit the Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2 to have a guided tour of their Contemporary art which has been installed in the hotel - numbers limited so please book in advance.
2:30 pm 

Visit to the studio of Niamh Jackman, a multimedia artist, whose work is concerned with the drawn line and how this can be translated into other art forms.

Saturday 15 October
2 pm
The Highlanes Gallery, St Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth 
The CIAS will present a work by Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh to be on permanent loan to the Highlanes Gallery and the artist will give a short talk about her work. On the day we will also view the Abigail O’ Brien exhibition on display.

Saturday 26 October
Neil Shawcross Studio, 3rd Floor, 19 Donegall Pass, Shaftsbury Square, Belfast
(Public car park behind studio, 10 minutes walk to The Ulster Museum) 

Visit to Neil Shawcross’s studio, where the artist will discuss his work practice

Bus Eireann from Bus Arus at 900 arriving 11.45 Angel will be on that bus and will lead people to Neil's studio. It is a 10 minute walk. Train leaving Connolly Station at 9.35 arriving Belfast 11.45. Tony Strickland will lead people  and it is a 5minute walk to the studio. Neil will talk to us about his work practice and afterwards we will have lunch there courtesy of the Conor Restaurant. It will be a one plate hot lunch and if anybody wants wine they should bring it themselves. It is also imperative that people book as we need to give the Conor numbers for the catering. After lunch we will walk down Botanic Avenue and call to McClay Library to view 4 portraits by Neil Shawcross and then, time permitting, we will call to  the Naughton Gallery at Queen's University to view anexhibition by Lawrence Malstaff.

3:00 pm
The Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast 

Visit to
William Scott Retrospective. An exhibition organised by The Tate Gallery St Ives, Hepworth Wakefield and The Ulster Museum, which charts the different stages of leading exponent of still life and abstract painting.

Saturday 16 November
2:00 pm
The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham

Visit to Eileen Gray: Architect, Painter, Designer. An exhibition designed and produced by The Centre Pompidou, Paris in collaboration with IMMA, celebrating the life and career of the foremost leaders of the modern movement.

Saturday 7 December

Annual gallery trawl of Christmas exhibitions:
2.00 pm - Oliver Cornet Gallery at Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar
3.15 pm  - Solomon Gallery, Balfe Street
4.00 pm - 5.30 pm, Gallery 27, Leinster Gallery, Gormley's Gallery, Doorway Gallery (South Frederick Street)
5.30 pm - United Arts Club, Fitzwilliam Street
Open days in studio of Marie Louise Martin, 110 Merrion Road, Dublin 5   
7th, 8th 14th and 15th December  11am - 5pm 
10 % discount for CIAS members 

Please download the Event booking form from the Booking Form tab and fill it out before returning it to us (details on form). In the interest of assisting members in need of transport we would kindly ask you to please tick the relevant box if you are in a position to offer lifts to out of town events. 

Please also book as soon as possible for the out of town events so that we can confirm numbers for the venues concerned.
if you can't download the form and would like to join any of these events, you can also contact Mary Tuohy at 086 8153031 or email or write to Mary Tuohy 79 Booterstown Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

There is a charge of €10.00 (€5.00 concessions) per person and per visit to cover administration costs.




About the Society
The C.I.A.S. is an important force in contemporary visual arts culture in Ireland. As well as the purchase of artworks, it runs a regular programme of visits to public and private galleries, artists’ studios and private collections. The society also advises on the collection and display of Irish art, leading to a greater appreciation and understanding of the country’s dynamic contemporary visual arts movement. 
The Contemporary Irish Art Society was founded in 1962 by such progressive figures as Gordon Lambert, Cecil King, Stanley Mosse, James White and Michael Scott, with Sir Basil Goulding as Chairman. The purpose of the society was to encourage a greater level of patronage of living Irish artists which, at the time, was extremely low. This was mainly achieved by raising funds to purchase artworks by living artists, which were then donated to public collections. The first purchase in 1962 was an important painting by Pat Scott, donated to the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, and funded by nine generous patrons who each put £10 in a hat, following a private view at the Dawson Gallery. Over the following 12 years the society purchased 37 works for the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, until in 1974, Dublin Corporation started to provide an annual purchasing fund for the gallery. The enthusiasm and vision of these founding members of the society was the catalyst which led to the development of many important art collections in Ireland. In 1980 the society assembled a collection of Works on Paper which was shown at the Sense of Ireland Festival and was subsequently presented to University College Dublin. The society has continued to support Irish artists through the purchase and donation of artworks to institutions throughout Ireland. Some 40 public institutions have received works by contemporary Irish artists, amongst them, the Crawford Gallery, Limerick Municipal Gallery, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, IMMA, as well as hospitals, and other official bodies.


If you would like to join the Contemporary Irish Art Society please send your details (name, postal address, phone number and email) to Mary Tuohy, 79 Booterstown Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, with your subscription.

Young Members (under 30) €15 ; Individual €40; Couple €55, Corporate €250


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