Visual Arts in Dublin, Dublin
Favorite thing: I love a city that has lots of "street art"! In other words statues and sculptures in the streets and parks. Dublin is no exception to this but they do have a quirky thing of giving some of their more famous statues some rather unflattering names!! Such as the "tart with the cart" and "the hags with bags". Not sure if this "teddy bear" near St Stephen Green has an alternate name or not though!
Favorite thing: OK, I can't help it. In honor of the "Tart With The Cart's" ample display, this shot goes under "Visual Arts". She's located just outside the gates south west of Trinity College, on Suffolk Street. Too bad modern women don't dress like this lass.
As you would expect the city is well catered for in the gallery department, both public and private. Admission to the main public galleries is free, including the National Gallery on Merrion Square (famously funded by the royalties from George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion" - which means every time the film "My Fair Lady" appears on TV the gallery gets a few bob!). It's new Millennium Wing is being used to stage special exhibitions (some of which have a paid entry charge), and has enhanced greatly the opportunity to view some of the world's greatest artistic works - hitherto a rarity in Dublin to the point of being non existent!
In recent years an expansion of gallery space has meant that different genres can be exhibited in different locations. The National Gallery has the widest remit - concentrating on indigenous Irish art. More eclectic art can be found in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham and in the Municipal Gallery on Parnell Square (a legacy of the art collector Hugh Lane, who went down with some of his collection on the torpedoed Lusitania ocean liner during World War One).
The Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College specialises in exhibitions of contemporary artists and the Hibernian Academy in Ely Place, to its credit, actively promotes new Irish artists, as well as mounting retrospective displays.
The Gallery of Photography on Meeting House Square in Temple Bar is a welcome addition after years of a peripathetic existence in various unsuitable locations (and near extinction on numerous occasions).
Other smaller private galleries abound - especially around the Kildare Street area, where the fine arts auction rooms are themselves well worth a visit.
And last but by no means least - a special mention for The Ark in Temple Bar, where childrens' art is both exhibited and executed and which I've outlined in more detail under "Must See Activities".
Just walk around and take in the free art on the streets.
Fondest memory: Enjoy walking along the river and seeing the bridges, buildings and statues.