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SO Fine Art Editions in Powerscourt Centre will be hosting a dynamic group show of modern photographers, ‘Capture’. On display from May 09th to June 08th, the exhibition will celebrate the 10th anniversary of PhotoIreland Festival.

‘Capture’ brings together 30 works by 11 photographers: Enda Bowe, Patricio Cassioni, Gregory Dunn, Diarmait Grogan, Joby Hickey, Joe Lee, Fionn McCann, Aisling McCoy, Hugh O’Conor, David Stephenson and Dominic Turner.

Enda Bowe’s will be showcasing his work concerned with storytelling, the search for light and beauty in the ordinary. His collaboration with Bryony Miller, “This Thing I Want, I Know Not What”, will be included in the latest display.
This will be joined by the ‘Fantastic Portraits’ series deals by Patricio Cassioni, which focus on the human form and identity.

Aisling McCoy’s works are as part of her project ‘The Radiant City’ which examines the concept of Utopia via Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habition in Marseille. Designed in 1952 it was considered a prototype of housing for the future. Sixty years later, McCoy captured these images which highlight the role of both architecture and photography in creating the ideal.

The exhibition will also showcase works from David Stephenson’s “False Friends (Vicissitudes)”.

Be sure to visit SO Fine Art Editions from May 09th to June 08th to see ‘Capture’ collection by these contemporary artists.

Filled with a historic charm and stunning architecture, The Powerscourt Centre is located on the ever-bustling South William Street, just a stone’s throw away from Grafton Street, in Dublin’s City Centre. Filled with a wealth of history dating as far back as the 1700’s, today is home to several Irish designers.

MoMuse, located on the ground floor of the Centre, is owned by Irish designer Margaret O’ Rourke. In the heart of Dublin’s Creative Quarter, a haven for Irish designed jewellery. The entire collection from MoMuse is Irish designed, with many of the pieces hand finished in store. As well as their own collections of jewellery, MoMuse is home to several homegrown Irish designers. Stocking Irish jewellery Designer Merle O’Grady, as well as Eilis Boyle’s exquisite range of cashmere and stationery brands; ‘Simple Things Cards’ and ‘Leaf & Stitch’s’ hand embroidered gift cards. Mucros Journals and Alpaca & Silk Scarves from Killarney.

Irish jewellery brand Chupi, which is now recognised worldwide takes residence in Atrium. Chupi Sweetman, born and raised in Wicklow, was scouted by Topshop from her first year in college at the tender age of 21 and was the youngest designer to ever work for the company. After a six-year career in fast-fashion, Chupi wanted to create something that lasted forever and celebrated Ireland’s incredible design heritage, and so in April 2013, Chupi, the brand was born. Irresistibly drawn to wild and natural things, Chupi’s designs are inspired by the imperfect natural beauty of feathers, twigs and leaves complemented by the sparkliest diamonds and gemstones. All their precious jewellery is handmade with love in Ireland with ethical gold and conflict free diamonds.

Atrium, located on the top floor of the Centre, overseeing the entire house, is Ireland’s leading fashion concept store. Atrium Dublin is home to Chupi, as well as numerous carefully considered collections from award-winning Irish and international designers. From concept to closet, every product sold by Atrium discloses its origins openly to lead the way in sustainable lifestyle design. Exclusive collaborations and a personalised service ensure style inspiration so go catch your breath and enjoy a beautiful store experience that is recognised the world over.

Also located in the Powerscourt Centre, is Irish designer Mary Grant who established her eponymous brand in 1993. The label rapidly grew a following for designs known for their versatility, flattering silhouettes and perfected cuts. Their mission is to create designs that make women feel confident and comfortable. Mary’s drive and passion are the predominant reason behind her 25 years of success. Unlike other brands, the Mary Grant label tends to stray away from the latest trends and instead evolves their ‘Basics’, ‘Layering’ and ‘Timeless’ collections.

The Powerscourt Centre is home to many Irish brands ready for you to discover. So why not spend the week in the lead up to St. Patricks Day celebrating all things Irish by visiting and discovering all that the Townhouse has to offer.

Throughout the Bank Holiday weekend, the Centre will be holding a series of fun filled activities and events for all the family to enjoy. Kicking off the weekend, this Saturday at 3:00pm is Dublin based choir the ‘Mellow Tonics’. On St. Patrick’s Day itself, entertainment will begin at 1:30pm with ‘Binneas Traditional Irish Music’ who will be joined by an Irish Dance troupe from 2:00pm. In addition to the fantastic entertainment, there will also be free face painting for all kids passing through Powerscourt from 1:30pm on Sunday.

The centre will be open again from 10:00am on Monday the 18th with ‘Binneas Traditional Irish Music’ playing from 1:30pm until 4:00pm.

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SO Fine Art launches the award-winning artist Stephen Doyle’s solo show ‘Post-binary’ on the 14th February, 2019.

Doyle has wasted no time since his graduation from Crawford College Cork in 2017, where he received the ‘Student of the Year’ award with a solo show at the Lavit, Cork.  Abroad he won both the Ashurst Emerging Artist Award, and the Sunny Art Prize. Most recently he was shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize at the National Gallery, Ireland.

This body of work continues to explore Doyle’s interest of gender identity in contemporary society. The work challenges societies preconception of binary gender categories and suggests that gender is more complex than simply, male or female. Although representation of the gender debate crops up in mainstream media from time to time. Terms such as queer, genderfluid, non-binary etc. cause confusion due to the lack of education and open dialogue around the subject matter in wider society. Doyle invites the public to an overdue conversation around gender ‘norms’ and poses the question, ‘Should a system that suits the majority be a system worth keeping when it can cause harm to the minority?’

Doyle uses fabric as a metaphor to describe our individualism through shape, colour and pattern. From birth, we are conditioned to view our environment in binary terms and thus see floral patterns and bright colours as being feminine and geometric shapes and dark colours as being masculine.  According to Doyle, he subverts these beliefs by surrounding the spectral figures in his paintings with a variety of material thus rendering each figure neutral. Furthermore, he brings the fabric into the physical space opening up public discourse and allowing the viewer to readdress their ideology on identity.

We are fortunate that we can interact and view these works by this talented painter as he continues the gender discussion in the public domain.

With Valentine’s Day, fast approaching KID Store has an array of gifts to suit all tastes including prints, beauty, and chocolate.

Located on the top level of Powerscourt Townhouse Centre,  KID has something for everyone.

ANU

ANU create handmade Irish beauty products with natural ingredients that have no unnecessary chemicals. The result is beautiful: cold processed soap, handmade balms and moisturizers, all of it safe, natural and what’s more – actually good for skin.  KID have gift sets in store for both men and women.

Meraki

Designed and developed in Denmark, gentle and nourishing products with ingredients that are carefully selected due to the quality and natural aromas.

Heist

Independent chocolate maker Heist which is based in Cardiff, Wales is the perfect add on for anyone who has a sweet tooth, available in many flavours like Vanilla or fun exotic flavours like Margarita.

Prints 

Decorate your space with a romantic and heartfelt gift, the GRA Print provides the perfect Irish touch.. Framed and unframed print that comes in 3 sizes, A5, A4, A3 – Gra gealige for Love. Also available unique and quirky prints in card or print form.

All Prints are by Irish designers

 

Will Commins & Co be your Valentine?

Known for their large range of certified diamond rings, Commins & Co could be the Valentine you never expected on February 14th.

Commins & Co are running a very special Instagram competition where you could be in with a chance of winning this stunning 9k gold heart pendant necklace worth €200.

All you have to do is follow Commins & Co Instagram Page and like the post.

The winner will be announced at random on February 12th. Good Luck.

Introducing Dublin’s newest Healthy café, for gymmers, slimmers, synners! Come and try our tasty protein pancakes. With healthy toppings from Linwoods, and protein shakes from Kinetica, we will be sure to keep you well fuelled throughout the week and weekend!

Join us for Flex & Beats for a HIIT workout class to the tune of your favourite beats, with none other than the incredible Jenni Murphy professional athlete and TRX expert. Followed by an inspirational talk from the stunning Emma Kehoe while you enjoy some delicious post-workout smoothies, specially designed for the event by our amazing medicinal chef Rachel Graham. Plus Rachel will be there herself to answer any questions you have about functional nutrition!

Tickets are extremely limited so please act fast to guarantee a spot. Tickets available here.

Flax and Beets
2nd Floor Powerscourt

Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm
Thurs 10am – 8pm
Sat 9am – 6pm
Sun 12pm – 6pm

Instagram: @flax_and_beets

 

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French Connection’s Spring’19 collection encompasses the meaning of everyday wear. The collection comprises of real clothing for real situations, designed to become relied upon staples loved for years to come. That is not to say a sense of fun and individuality is not present, this collection is a celebration of truly wearable style and colour.

Influences from sport can be found throughout the Spring’19 collection, a design feature that has become signature to French Connection over recent years. Comfort has been kept in mind while designing each piece which has resulted in an eclectic succession of familiar, failsafe wardrobe essentials. An array of colourful pops can be found throughout the collection, from the palest of lilac, lavender and baby blue to ballerina pink and vegetal green. Mustard and tomato red bring brightness in pieces suited to sunnier climates, with new denim washes including super bleach and dark rinse indigo for a modern look.

With increasingly unpredictable weather tampering with traditional seasons vs. the weather outside, French Connection’s Spring’19 collection is mindful of the importance of “buy now, wear now”, offering a variety of light layering, texture, and volume. Hybrid styling is present; a hoody worn under colourful tailored suiting and lace-cotton jumper blends styled over dresses.

Designed for the modern woman on the go, the Spring’19 collection comprises of wearable pieces to suit occasions of all kinds from casual weekend attire, the working wardrobe as well as feminine occasionwear and boho pieces perfect for a holiday–a collection tailor-made for the modern French Connection girl.

Lady Powerscourt (Amelia Wingfield) has had the dress made for a ball that she and Lord Powerscourt (Richard Wingfield) will be attending that evening. Their six children have other ideas for the dress though! Read the book & then follow their adventure in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. 

The dress designed by renowned Irish Designer Synan O’Mahony recreated the amazing dress which was so beautifully illustrated by Tarsilla Kruse in the wonderful book ‘Lady Powerscourt’s Disappearing Dress’ written by Shireen Marcus. The dress is on display in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre now.

Synan has a unique talent for corsetry and a background in not only couture fashion but also in costume design which made him the perfect choice to bring Lady Powerscourt’s dress to life. Synan recreated the dress with 8ft panniers using purple & mauve taffeta with embroidered beaded tulle, organza gathered ribbon and pom-pom detail. Synan’s ready to wear and bespoke collection is available exclusively in Design Centre.

 

Chupi has reached an online milestone with 100,000 followers on Instagram, how did the jewellery designer reach this incredible feat?

Chupi told The Sunday Business Post that finding the right people to work with was the key to her success. Building a team that believed in reaching the shared goals of the company was what ensured Chupi became a global business. When a friend suggested Chupi create a facebook page for her business, Chupi agreed, not understanding the global reach Facebook would provide for the business. Chupi kept her content authentic to the business, telling the love stories of the customers coming in to purchase engagement rings. This touched hearts all over the world and soon Chupi had fans from all across the globe.

Video content is proving increasingly popular, Chupi has recognized this. The brand created a tribute video to Powerscourt Townhouse Centre over Christmas to capture the magic of the centre which had 75,000 views within a week of posting. The brand has become masters at social media keeping the content consistent and engaging.

Today, Chupi sells in 64 countries around the world and have created 15,000 special pieces of jewellery in Dublin. Through social media and partnering with Facebook, Chupi has set her sights on increased growth in international markets for 2019.

Game of Thrones star, actor Liam Cunningham recounts the stories behind DIGNITY, a Photographic Exhibition at the Centre, featuring some of the extraordinary and intimate images captured by him on his trip to South Sudan last year.

In May 2018, Liam traveled to the capital, Juba, with World Vision Ireland, one of the world’s largest child-focused overseas aid agency to meet with and raise awareness of the people forced to flee their homes due to the ongoing civil war. Liam documented his trip with some thought-provoking photography, capturing a rare glimpse of life for those struggling to survive so far away from home. World Vision Ireland’s humanitarian programmes in South Sudan are funded by the Irish people via a grant from Irish Aid. Through this Exhibition, World Vision Ireland is seeking to raise awareness of their work on the ground and give the public a better understanding of how their funds go directly to providing vital help to internally displaced people in South Sudan.

DIGNITY, an Exhibition of 1O images, will be exhibited in the Courtyard Gallery until 3 February.


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