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CIAS Outings in 2014

Here are our upcoming events for this winter/spring

Saturday 8 February 
The Royal Hibernian Academy, Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Visit to a major Micheal Farrell retrospective. An exhibition including work by Richard Mosse, Ciaran Lennon, Vera Klute and Paul McKinley will also be on display.
Saturday 1 March
The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, Co. Kilkenny.
Visit to The Butler Gallery to view 70 years of The Butler Gallery exhibition

Saturday 22 March
The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
Visit to Patrick Scott Image, Space, Light a major retrospective of the artists work covering a 70 year output. N.B This exhibition is run in conjunction with The Visual, Carlow.

Saturday 12 April
The Visual Gallery, Carlow, Co. Carlow
Visit to Patrick Scott Image, Space, Light. Second part of Patrick Scott retrospective exhibition.

Saturday 3 May
The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Lad Lane, Dublin 2. ( off Baggot Street, Tel 01-4434990)
Visit to The Irish Museum of Modern Art, followed visit to artists’ studios in the building.

Tuesday 20 May
Annual General Meeting
The United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2.
A.G.M followed by annual Robert Mooney memorial lecture.
Our guest speaker this year will be Jacquie Moore, Deputy Art Adviser at the OPW. 
Saturday 14 June
Shekina Sculpture Gardens, Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow.
Visit to private sculpture gardens established and run by Catherine McCann. The proceeds of the admission fees go to charity.


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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