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Panel Discussion: The city is a theatre of social action

08 November 2017

Modernist Architecture and Theatre in Ireland, 1950s–1980s with Ellen Rowley, Willie White, Siobhán Bourke, Rory McGowan and Gavin Murphy

Wednesday 8 November 2017 | 6pm
Venue: Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Free admission, click here to book tickets.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to host a panel discussion in collaboration with the Irish Architecture Foundation, in relation to Gavin Murphy’s current exhibition Double Movement. The exhibition includes new works in film, sculpture, text and photography made by the artist based on his in-depth research into the now defunct Eblana theatre, which was located in the basement cinema of Dublin’s famous central bus station Busáras.

To further discuss the exhibition and its subject matter, Gavin Murphy will be joined by Director of Dublin Theatre Festival Willie White, Architectural historian Ellen Rowley and Director of The Irish Theatre Institute Siobhán Bourke to discuss aspects of modernism in theatre and in architecture in the context of Ireland from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Gavin Murphy is a Dublin-based artist and curator with an interest in documenting cultural spaces and histories. Solo exhibitions include ‘In Art We Are Poor Citizens’ (part of the ‘Sleepwalkers’ series, 2014) and ‘Remember’ (2010), both Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; ‘Colophon’, Oonagh Young Gallery (2012), and ‘Something New Under the Sun’, Royal Hibernian Academy (2012). Group exhibitions include ‘Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art & Francis Bacon’s Studio’, BOZAR, Brussels (2013), and ‘After the Future’, eva International, Limerick (2012). He is co-director/curator of the artist-run space, Pallas Projects/Studios, and was co-editor of the recent publication Artist-Run Europe, published by Onomatopee.

Dr. Ellen Rowley is an Irish Research Council Fellow at UCD’s School of Architecture and the Heritage Office, Dublin City Council. She is a cultural and architectural historian, educator and writer on twentieth century Ireland, educated in Trinity College Dublin and Cambridge University. She recently co-edited Volume IV, Architecture 1600 – 2000, part of Art and Architecture of Ireland series (Yale University Press, 2014). Ellen has led the pioneering research and inventory project of Dublin city’s 20th-century architecture since 2011 for DCC and the Heritage Council. The first step towards disseminating this material was published in May 2016, More than Concrete Blocks: Vol 1, 1900 – 1940 (Four Courts Press), and Volume 2, 1940 – 73 is underway, to come out by the end of 2017. Her history of Dublin housing (Dublin is Building: housing, architecture and the edge condition, 1930 – 70) is also forthcoming. Since early 2016, Ellen has been working with DCC on developing the Tenement Museum Dublin Project in no.14 Henrietta Street.

Rory McGowan is a Director of Arup, the internationally renowned Engineering and Design consultancy as well as being a Trustee of the global firm.  Rory is currently based in Dublin, Ireland from where he works internationally.

Rory has an excellent multi-disciplinary engineering design leadership background with wide-ranging experience of international arts and culture projects and clients. He collaborates closely with architects and other professionals and leads the engineering team to realize projects.

Projects include the American Museum of Natural History SEI wing– New York, Casa da Musica, Porto, Taipei Performing Arts Centre, Taiwan, Whitney Museum, New York, Fundacion Caixa Galicia, Spain and Xicui Greenpix Media Wall, Beijing. 

Born and trained as a Structural Engineer in Ireland, Rory is a graduate of Queens University Belfast and joined Arup in Dublin in 1986. 

In 2010 Rory returned to the Dublin office from Beijing, where he is now a leader of a dynamic multi-disciplinary office. His recent projects include Yongsan Tower - Seoul Korea, Aurora Tower - Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Leijona Square Tower - Helsinki Finland, New Holland Island Cultural Centre - St Petersburg Russia.

Rory also has a strong interest in international development work and is currently working on a national level initiative in Bangladesh addressing the safety of the garment industries factories following the horrific Rana Plaza collapse in 2013. He has worked on the Nepal Earthquake Reconstruction Programme. He has also worked on a number of development projects including the Lotus Children’s Centre in Mongolia, the Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh India, the Korup Bridge Project in Cameroon, and primary health care research in Tanzania.

A Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers, he frequently lectures internationally and has acted as a technical tutor at various architectural schools, including the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Architectural Association London and Bartlett London, UIC Chicago and Columbia University NYC.

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