February 7, 2019

A team of world-class designers, curators and architects have come together to bring the finest European masters and their workmanship on center stage specifically for Homo Faber to provide visitors with an opportunity to experience craftsmanship in a new, unique and memorable way.

Covering nearly 4,000 square metres, Homo Faber will offer the public a rare opportunity to explore the island and the magnificent complex of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, including areas that are generally not accessible to the public.

Róisín de Buitléar has been selected as one of 150 artists in the BEST OF EUROPE exhibition by Milan based curator Jean Blanchaert. 

May 4, 2018

I’m still pinching myself even though it’s now a few days after the launch of CAUTION! Fragile the major glass exhibition that comments on the history and social experience of working in the world famous Waterford crystal factory. This exhibition celebrates the skills of cutting and engraving glass in Ireland. In 2009 Waterford Crystal went into receivership, sold off all their equipment and premises and laid off more than 2000 workers. It was a devastating time for the city and for the many families who spent their whole lives in the factory. Determined not to let the closure dictate the fate of Irish glass, I approached three former employees, glass masters Fred Curtis (Irish, born 1955), Greg Sullivan (Irish, born 1957) and Éamonn Hartley (Irish, born 1957), to see if they might be interested in collaborating on a project to create an exhibition, based on iconic objects from the collection of the National Museum in Dublin. I felt that the iconic objects we know from our history book...

February 17, 2018

It’s been a month now since I have moved my studio to the National Museum of Ireland. I’m based at the Decorative Arts Museum, at Collins Barracks in Dublin, which is situated alongside the north side of the river Liffey, facing the Guinness Brewery. It is sandwiched between the small village of Stoneybatter and the huge expanse of Europe’s biggest urban park, The Phoenix Park, which is also home and working residence of Ireland’s President Micheal D Higgins.

Working in this part of the city is a big change for me. Cycling to the studio along the Liffey and closed in by urban buildings has taken a bit of getting used to. My permanent studio is a stones’ throw from the sea and wide expanses of sky. The air smells fresher there. My heated studio at the museum is filled with glorious light, however, with a view onto the central quadrangle of Clarke Square, through which most of the visiting public filter. We have swarms of school kids racing from one side to the other, re-enactments of war...

February 2, 2018

‘Sé /Six’  A Collaborative project with the Children of Lios na nÓg primary school in celebration of 20 years of the school’s existence as well as commemorating the historic context of the school building. Cullenswood House  was the location of the first Irish language school set up by Pádraig Mac Pairais / Pádraig Pearce, one of the signatories of the Irish Proclamation in 1916.  Lios na nÓg school was founded by a group of parents in 1996, and moved to Oakley road in 1997. It has 230 pupils now between 2 and 12 years of age, and all subjects are taught through Irish. 

Commissioned by the school, the work was made as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations. It was supported by ‘CraftEd' a project with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, which is an initiative to introduce primary school children into a variety of craft based artist-led projects. In the development of the work, school tours, workshops, design challenges, and debates were undertaken. The window looks o...

January 25, 2018

2018 will be a very exciting year, opening with the inaugural Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Ireland being awarded to Róisín de Buitléar. In recognition of her contribution to the world of glass, education and art, the National Museum have invited Róisín to be resident at the museum from January 2018 for 12 months. There she will have a studio and have access to the collection which covers Decorative arts and industry, Archaeology, Natural History, and the collection of Country life in Mayo.  Keep up with whats happening during her residency via the blog or through instagram.

January also sees the opening of an interactive exhibition of glass sound pieces at The Ark Dublin during Tradfest  http://ark.ie/events/view/music-in-glass-exhibition admission is free.

February sees the Sound-Garden for 1916 Play Garden at St Audoen's Park Dublin 8 going on site. This is a project that arose from consultations with the children of 2016 during the c...

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