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SO Fine Art Editions, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries, located on the second floor of the Powerscourt Centre, will be hosting the Dr Barbara Rae exhibition for one month from this Thursday 27th February until Thursday 26th March.

Barbara Rae, Icon Stone West, Polymur gravure

Bringing vibrancy into the dull month of February, the prolific Dr Barbara Rae, Royal Academician painter and master printmaker, will be exhibiting her recent works at SO Fine Art Editions in South William Street’s Powerscourt Centre. The exhibition includes works that summon the history of place, people and the passing of time with powerful, fluid brush strokes and outstanding colour.

During journeys to Ireland, Italy, France, Spain, Southwest USA and the Arctic, Rae’s exhibition accumulates her inspiration. Before beginning to sketch, she spent weeks meeting people in each particular location, researching local history and delving into the spirit of the place. She then brought that research back to develop it into prints and paintings in her Edinburgh studio. The exhibition will include screen prints, etchings and monoprints from such travels.

One notable example is Rae’s 2018 exhibition ‘The Northwest Passage’ which began in 2013, followed with a series of expeditions into the Arctic. The Orcadian cartographer and explorer Dr. John Rae inspired this journey, resulting in a series of works that were imbued with history while retaining the contemporary intensity that is a signature of Rae’s work. The exhibition premiered at the Royal Scottish Academy before travelling to the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, and Canada House, London, in autumn 2018.

Barbara Rae studied at the Edinburgh College of Art. After some years as a secondary school art teacher, she went onto lecturing in drawing and painting at Charles Rennie Macintosh’s School of Art in Glasgow. Rae is a recipient of numerous awards, scholarships, and honorary degrees, her work is exhibited in national museums, and public and private collections the world over.

We at Powerscourt Centre are honoured to be showing this unique selection of Barbara Rae’s work in SO Fine Art Editions and encourage you to drop by before the month is out.

This Thursday October 10th, Powerscourt Centre are delighted to host The Face of Resistance exhibition. The exhibition will run for the month of October. The Face of Resistance is a photographic exhibition being held by Trócaire which focuses on celebrating the courage and determination of those both overseas and in Ireland, who have acted in support of a safer and cleaner world.

The exhibition is part of Trócaire’s Making a Killing campaign which is calling for an international treaty on Business and Human Rights to help protect communities from abuse. Across the world, both women and men are challenging the activities of big business. These activities often destroy lives, damage the environment and violate human rights. 

Creating a cleaner environment, improving lives and ensuring equal human rights for all are themes that will be seen across the exhibition. The Centre is proud to host such an inspiring and impactful exhibition.

This event is free of charge and will be open to the public.

For more information and to take action on this campaign, visit: trocaire.org/business-and-human-rights

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.

Culture Night at Powerscourt Centre 2018

Culture Night returns on Friday 21st September 2018with venues and public spaces across the island of Ireland opening their doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture. Now in its thirteenth year, Culture Night is delighted to be back celebrating the creatives of our nation.

Here at Powerscourt Centre we will be opening our doors to our historical past, providing a Grand Tour of Lord Powerscourt’s beautiful townhouse. Tours will take place from the steps of the house, 59 South William Street at 5.30pm and 7.30pm starting in the kitchens of the main house and ending in the magnificent ballroom.

Time: 4pm – 9pm

Address: 59 South William St, Dublin 2

Website Link: https://culturenight.ie/event/powerscourt-townhouse-centre/


More information: 

Website: https://culturenight.ie/

Email: info@culturenight.ie

 Phone: +353 1 969 5259

Anyone looking to spot the next Jack B Yeats, Robert Ballagh, Maser or Conor Harrington should plan a visit to the Powerscourt Town Centre this August 10th to 31st where 15 budding Irish artists will have their paintings on display for all to enjoy. The young artists were all finalists in Sightsavers Ireland’s Junior Painter Awards.

Disability campaigner and little person Sinead Burke (aka Minnie Melange) and Laureate na nÓg and illustrator PJ Lynch were two of this year’s judges who had the difficult task of selecting winning paintings such as the mysterious and colourful ‘The Horizan Horeyesan’ featuring cartoon-like characters within a jigsaw puzzle; while ‘Climate Controller Station Bringing Fairness to all Nations’ is an intriguing and intelligent painting about the important world issue of climate change.

The young artists responded creatively to this year’s theme, ‘Put Us In The Picture’. 12-year-old Patricia Poprawa from Glenswilly National School, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal was announced the overall winner for her inspiring and thought-provoking creation ‘Draw me in…I’m waiting.’

Students from hundreds of primary schools across the country took part in the Junior Painter Awards which aims to inspire children to express their artistic talent and develop an appreciation of the importance and value of their own sight while considering kids in developing countries that haven’t been as lucky as them.

For more information visit www.sightsavers.org/junior-painter or join the conversation on social media using #JuniorPainter



Jill L’Estrange


Art Exhibition in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre

Jill L’Estrange
12th – 28th July

Abstract artist Jill L’Estrange brings her art exhibition to Powerscourt Centre next week. The exhibition will run from July 12th – 28th and all work on show will be available to buy. Join her for the special opening night on Thursday 12th July @6:30-8:00pm feel free to pop along & be one of the first to see the exhibition.

The Wilde Collection was created by Jill L’Estrange for one of the former homes of world renowned Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. The first half of the collection is curated, as part of a permanent exhibition in that house, now the newly converted Strand Hotel, in Bray, Co Wicklow.

The primary theme of the exhibition is the exploration of the scenery of the nineteenth century Ireland in which Wilde grew up, with locations from his youth abstractly interpreted. Inspiration for the collection was taken not only in the seafront location of Wilde’s former home in Bray, but also from his travels across Ireland, particularly to his family’s summer home of Moytura House, overlooking Lough Corrib. Studies of the open sea are balanced with lake views, and the endless rolling greenery of the Irish countryside, as vast and open as it would have been in his day. Many paintings focus on the relationship between land and water, whether sea or lake.

When creating the Wilde Collection, Jill’s intention was to artistically embody a sense of the wild and unpredictable atmosphere of Ireland, the tempestuous climate synonymous with her home country. Her desire was to portray a sense of the everchanging firmament. Though often lamented for its unpredictability, beauty lies in skies overcast with heaving charcoal clouds, often revealing slips of light, bringing with them the hope of sunshine. Some of the more dramatic pieces reflect the impulsive unruliness of nature, captured by a sense of reckless abandonment. The collection strives to evoke feeling and emotion, to stir memories of the Irish countryside, juxtaposed with the transience of life. We are merely caretakers of the scenery of Oscar Wilde’s all too brief time on earth.

Jill is an abstract expressionist artist, working predominantly in oil paint. She is drawn to the heaviness and textural capabilities found in oil, and enjoys layering these to create rich effects on both canvas and paper. She allows the paint to dictate some of the end result, and a fluid evolution of exploration to dominate her process. Her artworks reflect not only something visual, but also an emotion and state of mind; a place and feeling; a deeper connection. As Jill reflects, Art is something I lose myself within, and to me it is a calming escape from the weight of life. As a very visual person, I find inspiration all around me. My surroundings and experiences in life dictate much of my motivation to create. Based in Ireland, I want to use my art to show the beauty of this small island, very often reflected in my landscape and seascape pieces.

All of the works are available to purchase.
Telephone: 087 659 1441 / Email: jill@lestrangeart.com


Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Jill has always had a passion for all things creative. Her love of art was instilled at a very early age, watching her grandfather paint, encouraging her to draw alongside him. After receiving a First Class Honours Degree in Architecture from University College Dublin, Jill worked across the globe in Paris, New York, Beijing and London. This opportunity to immerse herself in other cultures and environments acts as a solid foundation of inspiration within her creative pursuits. As well as being an artist, Jill also runs a successful interior design firm, L’Estrange Designs, who specialise in hospitality design.

Art of Street Photography Group Exhibition

Art of Street Photography Exhibition has been extended!

LOCATION: Powerscourt Centre TIME:  Daily – 09:00 am to 04:00 pm




The students of the National College of Art & Design launch their exhibition at the Powerscourt Centre on May 3rd. The student’s themed show is in response to the historical, architectural narratives of the Townhouse but also reflect contemporizing these stories through material, social and contemporary references. This exhibition is an important opportunity for students to engage and experience work outside of the college confines. Come and visit the exhibition, we would love to see you there. 

The exhibition will run daily from the 4th until 17th May and Exhibits will be set up in various locations in the Centre over the summer months. 

Dublin Design Night

At Powerscourt Townhouse 


The third iteration of Dublin Design Night kicks off on April 25, with 20 design destinations welcoming Image Interiors & Living readers to meet some of Ireland’s finest makers.  Photography, street art, illustration, interiors, graphic design, food, fashion, mixology all in some Dublin’s most creative spots. Get your free ticket to make your way around 20 different venues on April 25th where you are invited to take part in free workshops, artist talks, designer discussions, meet the maker events, with some food and cocktails thrown in to sweeten the deal.

Throughout Powerscourt Centre, we will have the Garden showing small groups how to create their own terrariums. Atrium, who’ll be running a personalisation evening with designers on hand to monogram, embroider and patch pieces from their collections. And our very own ballroom for IDI’s (Institute of Designers in Ireland) series of Bread & Butter talks, which are running all evening.

* Due to increased demand, they will release more tickets this week, keep an eye out for details! They will also be releasing tickets in the week prior to Dublin Design Night for some of the smaller capacity events!
There are limited tickets available for this night so make sure to pick up your free ticket well in advance! For more details visit the links below:


The ‘Who Am I’ Exhibition – Irish Times

Down Syndrome Ireland celebrated World Down Syndrome Day (Wednesday, March 21) by launching a unique photography exhibition aimed at challenging perceptions of Down syndrome in society. The exhibition launched last Wednesday evening in the Powerscourt Centre and will continue to run until April 3oth of this year. After this date, the exhibition will be available to the charity’s 26 branches around the country to continue building awareness and challenge perceptions.

For more information, please read more on the article in the Irish Times – https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/health-board-upcoming-conferences-talks-campaigns-and-events-1.3436565

The ‘Who Am I?’ exhibition was devised and curated by members of the charity’s National Advisory Council in collaboration with a professional photographer, Eric Molimard. The exhibition was kindly supported by Frank Keane Volkswagen. The NAC comprises of people with Down syndrome from around the country to represent the views of their peers within the organisation.

The role of the NAC is to ensure that people with Down syndrome have a voice within the charity and influence the future development of Down Syndrome Ireland. For further information on Down Syndrome Ireland visit www.downsyndrome.ie.


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