Open House Dublin 2018: City Assembly House
For Open House Dublin weekend there will be hourly tours of the City Assembly House on Saturday 13 October. Musician Yonit Kosovske will play free lunchtime harpsichord concerts in the Knight of Glin Exhibition Room on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see our current exhibition Exhibition: Vain Transitory Splendours - The Irish Country House and the art of John Nankivell.
At the time of its construction, the City Assembly House on Dublin’s South William Street constituted a tremendously advanced initiative as it stood as the first purpose built public art gallery in either Britain and Ireland and possibly in Europe! It was built by the Society of Artists in Ireland between 1766 and 1771 with the expressed aim of promoting the work of Irish artists and providing an academy for the arts. Its architect is unknown though the street elevation could be by Oliver Grace who exhibited 'an elevation, proposed as a front to the Exhibition Room' with the Society of Artists in 1768.
The City Assembly House has recently been restored as a gallery space by the Irish Georgian Society. Tours will include the Knight of Glin Exhibition Room and O'Connell Room.
A full schedule will be confirmed closer to 12 October.
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