The Red Stables Christmas Art Programme

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 Bird2The Christmas Art Programme commences on Saturday 7th December with a Hand Printed Christmas Card workshop with artist Elaine Leader followed by a free family Winter Birds talk and trail in the park with DCC Biodiversity and Birdwatch Ireland. Join artists Martina Galvin and Elizabeth Archbold on Sunday 8th to make Christmas Tree Decorations and Festive Light Pictures.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Saturday 14th December with Councillor Jane Horgan-Jones and festive meolodies by The Third Day Chorale.  Why not learn how to make bird feeders and ‘Christmas Bird Trees’ in the Robins and Wrens’  workshop,  or Christmas  tree decorations for the Courtyard Christmas tree with Martina Galvin. Conor Lamberts Custard Pie puppet Company returns with the Christmas Crackers Puppet Show which will get everyone in the festive mood. Have a look at  artist Maeve Clancy’s wonderful Christmas paper cut out installation and her winter birds and snowflakes. There will be additional  art workshops on Sunday 15th  with Elaine Leader and Elizabeth Archbold.


Please note the Christmas Crackers Puppet Show is now fully booked.

The Red Stables Summer School 2013 Book Launch

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Arctic Terns photograph by Fergus Kelly

Arctic Terns photograph by Fergus Kelly

Dublin City Council is pleased to invite you to The Red Stables Summer School 2013 publication launch.The book will be launched by Paddy Woodworth, author, lecturer and journalist on Thursday 28 November, 6:00–8:00pm, at The Crowbar, Curved St. Temple Bar, Dublin 2. (Next to the Button Factory)

The publication outlines The Red Stables Summer School programme of cultural and ecological exchange inspired by North Bull Island, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

It includes contributions from Jenny Brady, Rhona Byrne, Vaari Claffey, Ciara Moore, Dr. Niall Connolly, Dr. Tamara Hochstrasser, Fergus Kelly, Fiona McDonald, Méadhbh O’Connor, Seán O Sullivan, Denise Reddy and Brendan Sayers.


Solitude. In no particular order

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Untitled (2013) C-Print, Kevin Kirwansml

Solitude. In no particular order

Exhibition featuring  David Beattie and Kevin Kirwan.

Curated by Aoife Tunney.

 Thursday 7 November until Friday 20 December 2013

Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Tel +353 1 6611155





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Pumpkin Decorating and Mask Making Workshop

Saturday 26th October, 12 – 4pm


Dublin City Council is delighted to invite children and their families to join artist Martina Galvin for a family drop in Halloween art workshop at The Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park. Bring your own pumpkin and decorate if for Halloween or make a spooky mask to wear as part of  your Halloween costume.

This is a free event – all welcome!

Don’t Forget to bring a pumpkin if you want to decorate it for Halloween!


Open House Dublin 2013

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International Artists at the Red Stables

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Ilona Hakvoort

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Since 2007, Ilona Hakvoort has produced ‘artresin’ objects made of synthetic, artificial resin and pigments. These objects came into being from a desire to bring paint into the world without the need for a foundation or support, just the pigment and the binder. During her residency at the Red Stables, Ilona was compelled to do an installation at the Temple of Isis folly in St. Anne’s park. The location was ideal as it allowed natural light to capture the colours and reflection of the ‘artresin’ objects and the wind produced an ever changing element to the work.

International Artists at The Red Stables

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Ilona Hakvoort and Tanja Isbarn

Dublin City Council is delighted to invite you to join two artists based in the Netherlands and currently resident in the Red Stables International Artists’ Studio on  Saturday 14th September, 10.30am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 5pm.

Walking, Seeing and Making in St. Anne’s Park

Join Dutch artist Ilona Hakvoort for a walk in St. Anne’s park with a difference. Ilona will start with simple exercises in looking, followed by a workshop exploring various art forms using art materials and found items from the park. Ilona has also created an art installation using ‘artresins’, objects made of resin and pigments, at the Isis Temple by the duck pond in St. Anne’s park.

Saturday 14th September 10.30am – 1.00pm

To book a place for this free event please email or tel 222 7377.









Just seven minutes….and a handprint

Everything we encounter leaves traces behind.

 Everything contributes imperceptibly to our education. (J.W. Goethe)

Would you like to take part in a performative art project?


German artist Tanja Isbarn would like to invite you to speak for seven minutes about any subject matter of your choice as part of a performative art project on Saturday, 14th September 2013, 1.30pm – 5pm in the Red Stables Gallery (main entrance). Isbarn will record your words and make a print or take a photograph of your hand which she will include on Vice Versa, the international art platform she established.

 Please feel free to enlist by contacting the Red Stables on 222 7377 or

email: red.stables  or just pop in on the day.

All welcome, however children must be accompanied by an adult.


Explore Bull Island’s WildLife Through Art Workshops with Martina Galvin

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Children and their families are  invited to join artist Martina Galvin for drop in art workshops at the Gallery in The Red Stables from 12th – 16h August, 12 – 4pm, exploring the diverse ecology of North Bull Island. From hares and foxes on the golf course, birds in the mudflats, and seals, jellyfish and shells on the beach, this is a summer art workshop to inspire your mud paintings and shell drawings. Every day will feature a different theme. All welcome.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.    

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Carve Up and The Interpretive Project

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 Carve Up is a new video work by Jenny Brady that draws on questions around the nature and conception of species. Looking at the wild orchids growing on Bull Island, the work exploits the slippery ontological status of species definitions to speculate on the potential connectedness between humans and orchids.

20–31 July, 12–5pm, The Red Stables.


Brent Geese_SmlThe Interpretive Project is a collaboration between Rhona Byrne, Vaari Claffey and Ciara Moore. On Saturday 20th July, the artists will host a live event at the Interpretive Centre on Bull Island. It comprises of a hybrid lecture proposing a re-imagined history of the island. This live presentation will include readings, film screenings and other visuals. It will weave together histories on the origin, mythology and ecology of Bull Island since its appearance 213 years ago. The project also includes a participative performance based on the flocking patterns, foraging behaviour and flight formation of the migratory birds on the island and the island itself. This performance is informed by the behaviour and sounds of Brent Geese on Bull Island, reflecting the human occasions for such collective behaviours and mass gatherings around ‘feeding, mating and alarm’.

20 July, 3pm The Interpretive Centre, Bull Island.

Carve Up and The Interpretive Project are part of the Red Stables Summer School, a Dublin City Council Arts Office initiative supported by the Arts Council.

The Red Stables Summer Art Workshops For Families

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Dublin City Council Arts Office is delighted to invite you to free Family Drop in Art Workshops taking place during July and August in The Red Stables Tack Room and Gallery



Artist Mary Noonan will be resident in the Tack Room from 12noon to 4pm, Saturday 13th July and every Saturday thereafter until the 24th August. There will be a different project each day, participants can make their own work using a variety of media and investigating diverse themes.  All are welcome.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.






 The Rose Festival Art Workshops

Batty about Butterflies        Saturday 20th July 11am – 5pm

Join artist Mary Noonan for this fun drop-in workshop inspired by the recent BioBlitz in St. Anne’s Park. Create your own bats, butterflies and winged animals that can actually move! Use card, split pins and colourful art materials to make your own flying creature.

Rose Hats and Insects           Sunday 21st July 11am – 5pm

Why not get inspired by the beautiful roses in the rose garden at St. Anne’s Park and create your own “rose hat” to wear during the Rose Festival, with artist Martina Galvin. You can also look at insects attraced to the roses, in particular the lady bird and the greenfly  and make your own insect drawings.

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