Supporting the arts community
By supporting art and design initiatives, we remain connected with the creative forces in our city and can help share their work with a wider audience.
Eilis O’Connell, RHA
We also worked with Eilis O’Connell on two pieces. The first is ‘Unfur’l, a major patinated bronze sculpture that sits in the building’s courtyard and is visible to the public from South Frederick Street. Then, the side entrance to the building is adorned by ‘Night Gates’, an intricately designed set of sliding gates featuring a series of large organic leaf shapes.
By Eilis O’Connell
As our footprint in the city has evolved, so too has our relationships with many cultural partners across the arts community.
Royal Hibernian Academy
We are proud to be a supporter of the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) which promotes Irish artists and arts in the community. We fund a schools’ art programme, RHA Kids, which arranges visiting artists and educational initiatives in three local primary schools on an annual basis.
Graphic Gallery Studio
We are a patron of the Graphic Gallery Studio, a 60-year-old print works. The gallery works with major figures in Irish art and literature to participate in limited print runs, supporting the craft of printmaking. We commissioned a limited print run from Leah Hewson, one of our former Artists in Residence and have also commissioned Colm Tόbín and Charles Tyrell to collaborate on a portfolio of work for the studio. In 2020, we supported the visiting artist exhibition which featured a colection of prints by Mark Francis.
IPUT is lead sponsor of this annual international design symposium at the Joseph Walsh Studios in Cork. The event attracts 400 people who convene to hear an international perspective on architecture, art, design, and craft. In 2020, the event transferred online due to the pandemic and included contributors such as Lord Putnam and Jeremy Irons, and was attended by 1,200 people.
Wilton Park Studios
In 2019, in partnership with the RHA Gallery, we began a new Artists in Residence programme at Wilton Park Studios, Dublin 2. This initiative provides support and crucial studio space for up-and-coming young Irish artists in Dublin. To date we have had 10 artists complete the programme.
Eilis O’Connell RHA, Six Works – an Augmented Reality Exhibition
As part of our placemaking strategy in Wilton Park, and with the support of the RHA, we presented Eilis O’Connell RHA, Six Works – an Augmented Reality Exhibition. This interactive experience allows visitors to use their smart devices to see sculptures come to life virtually throughout Wilton Park. The exhibition is ongoing.