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Sculpture In Context 2009

at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
from 3rd September to 16th October 2009

Sculpture in Context 2009 will showcase Ireland’s finest sculpture by leading Irish and international artists at the National Botanic Gardens in September. The grounds of the National Botanic Gardens, a stunning haven of peace and tranquility, have been home to this unique exhibition for the past seven years.  Over one hundred sculptures in a large range of materials will be displayed throughout the gardens, ponds, Great Palm House, and Curvilinear Range, with the smaller works exhibited in the gallery above the visitors’ centre. 

Sculpture in Context was established in 1985 by sculptors whose aim was to work on behalf of fellow sculptors to provide space for exhibiting work of sculptors in venues outside of the normal gallery context. It has been successful in that aim over the years and has staged highly acclaimed shows each year at venues such as Fernhill Gardens, the Conrad Hotel, Kilmainham Gaol, the Irish Management Institute, Dublin Castle, Farmleigh House and the National Botanic Gardens. Each year a different panel of selectors is invited to adjudicate this open exhibition, leading to an exciting mix of mediums and styles.

This year Daria Chapkovskaya, Senior Art Lecturer in Moscow State University will present a lecture on Russian Art: Contemporary Russian Art from Conceptualism of the Sixties to Present Day Movements, which will be held on Wednesday 9th September at 3pm, in the Auditorium at the gardens.

Irish Times 29 August 2009 ....

Irish Times 26 September 2009 ...


Karen Donnellan, It's not wishful thinking, Blown Glass

Karen Donnellan
It's not wishful thinking
Blown Glass

Sinead Glynn
Untitled Forms, I, II

The Hallward Gallery and the Mill Cove Gallery (Castletownbere) Award for a work of distinction in any medium was awarded to Barbara Roder for Bodhi.

The Winner of the CAST Ltd 2009 Award for a work of distinction in any medium was Joanne Murray for Museum of Me .

The Sculpture in Context Awards for large outdoor works of distinction in any medium were awarded to:

Patrick Gillis for Emergence/Decedance
Lisa Mayerhofer for The Unicorns III
Andrew Ryan for Cherry Choker

The award for the most popular sculpture voted by the public was won by Gerard Erraught for Keeping Time .

The Selectors for this year's exhibition were: Joyce Duffy, Frances Lambe, and Alex Scott.

Please scroll down to see some or the works at this year's exhibition.

This page is still under construction, more images will be added shortly, thank you for your patience.

Sean Campbell
Sentinel (Void)
180 x 61 x 2.5
Thomas Wollen
Wading Bird Series
120 x 15 x 10

Peter Conroy
Mixed Media
120 x 120 x 120


John Rowlands
Steel Seeds
Steel cut and forged
292 x 38 x 38

Ken Drew
Turning Towards the Sun
fibre Reenforced Concrete
212 x 80 x 55


Rowena Sheen
Folded Floral Forms
Polypropylene, Copper


Caroline Schofield
Ebb and Flow
Fleece, Polyester
48 x 35 x 35

Daria Chapkovskaya
Imformation Field
Steel, Aluminium, Plastic
200 x 300 x 300


Martha Cashman
Topsy Turvey
Ceramic, Carved Wood

Frances Lambe
Ceramic, Limestone
50 x 50 x 50


150 x 48 x 48
Cliodna Cussen
Críoch I & II
80 x 100 x 80

Beatrice Stewart
Past, Present or Future?
Limestone Sand, Portland White
25 x 23 x 23


James Gannon


Maureen Bushe
There will be Sugar Peas for All
Marble, Kilkenny Limestone
9 x 28 x 19
Susan Cuffe
Wind Dancer
Copper Wire, Glass
200 x 120 x 60

Brigid Corcoran
I gCumain le
Mixed Media


Naomi Draper
A Safe Place
Brass, Copper, Glass
60 x 30

Craig Starkie
Watership Down
Polystyrene, Laybond, Organic Matter
120 x 90 x 40


Aisling Ellis
The Angel, Le Mort Du Cygne
Mixed Media
205 x 93 x 77

Patrick Gillis
Mixed Media
800 x 400


Conleth Gent
113 x 46 x 55


Eileen C Hutton
Illumed Chrysalis
Gold Fabric, Wool, Copper Wire, Light
365 x 182 x 91


Lewis Goodman
Secret Squirrel
22 x 31 x 45


Richard Healy
Kilkenny Limestone
90 x 30 x 30

Aoibheann Lambe
After the "Winged Victory of Samothrace"
Hemp, Paper
200 x 100 x 150


Brian O'Loughlin
Fly Agric Tree
Bog Oak, Acrylic Paint
180 x 40 x 25
Philip O'Neill
125 x 130 x 100

Elaine Prunty
the Seven Year Old Tree
Glass, Wood
240cm high

Bob Quinn
160 x 46 x 43


Andrew Ryan
Cherry Choker
Fibre Glass, Resin, Brass

John Dunn & Siobhán Clancy
Music Box
Wood, Metal
260 x 160 x 120
Photographer: Action Photography


Bobby Blount
Grey Granite, Stainless Steel
150 x 48 x 48

Nicola Brown


Harriet Browne
Garden Tea Party
Wire, Found Metal Objects
100 x 85 x 60

Amy Callan
Root Vessel
32 x 42 x 42


Michael Calnan
Cantilever Seat
Galvanized Mild Steel
85 x 60 x 200
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