National Botanic Gardens
Sculpture in Context 2021
Sculpture in Context 2021 runs from Thursday 2 September to Friday 15 October. Access is free and the outdoor pieces are viewable during our opening hours. Approximately two-thirds of the 164 pieces are displayed in the grounds. In order to see the pieces in the Gallery upstairs in the Visitor Centre, you must book a slot here (there is no entry fee).
Sculpture receives a spectacular presentation in the National Botanic Gardens and throughout the 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds you will discover sculpture in the most unexpected and surprising places.
Sculpture in Context is a pivotal event in the Irish arts calendar and as the longest running, largest and most important sculpture exhibition in the country, the annual exhibition attracts a large public and critical audience and is the cultural highlight of the National Botanic Gardens calendar. This year Sculpture in Context will celebrate 35 years exhibiting and promoting sculpture in Ireland.
Bringing together the work of over 140 artists using an incredible range of media, these works of art represent the richly diverse character of Irish and International contemporary sculpture today. From the smallest, most intricate ceramic works to stone sculptures of a monumental scale, visitors to the exhibition will be enriched by the experience of viewing such inspiring works in one location.
The artistic integrity and technical skill involved in creating the works is evident throughout and highlights the breadth and depth of artistic talent and skill in Ireland today.
Exhibiting artists include – Sara Cunningham-Bell, Remco de Fouw, Maree Hensey, Penelope Lacey and Martin O’Keefe (featured image).