Press Release 9 December 2009

Culture Ireland, in partnership with the Arts Council, is pleased to announce the appointment of the curators who will represent Ireland at the Architecture Biennale in Venice. The curators will work closely with the Irish Architecture Foundation, Commissioners for the 2010 Architecture Biennale, which will open in August 2010.

Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council.

The curating team, selected following an open competitive process, is a collaboration between Tom dePaor, Peter Maybury, Alice Casey and Cian Deegan, who will deliver an exhibition about renowned Irish practice, deBlacam and Meagher.

This exhibition will seek to develop an understanding of the cultural landscape of Ireland through the work of deBlacam and Meagher Architects. Over 33 years this Irish architectural practice has built houses and places of work, commerce, education and worship.

In turn, the influence of deBlacam and Meagher’s practice has permeated the many facets of Irish life with a distinct cultural presence. Through a number of individual contributions by Irish and international critical voices, the contemporary relevance of this body of work will be explored and revealed.

Eugene Downes, CEO Culture Ireland said “The Venice Architecture Biennale is a unique platform to present Irish architectural excellence to a global audience. With the huge challenges facing the economy and the architectural profession in 2010, this is a key opportunity to promote the world-class work that Irish architects are producing at home and around the world.”

Claire Doyle, Head of Visual Arts and Architecture at the Arts Council said “The Arts Council’s support for architects representing Ireland at the Venice Biennale is a critical part of our wider commitment to architects working within the artistic sphere. We are particularly delighted to support such a strong curatorial team, which will examine the work of one of Ireland’s most valued architecture practices.”

For more information contact:

Nathalie Weadick at + 353 1 676 8863

Madeline Boughton at + 353 1 631 3906

Notes for Editor:

Past Irish participation in the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice

2008 11th International Architecture Exhibition  Exhibit: The Lives of Spaces. Joint Commissioner/Curator: Nathalie Weadick and Hugh Campbell. Participants: Hassett Ducatez Architects, Simon Walker + Patrick Lynch, McCullough Mulvin Architects, Gerry Cahill Architects, O’Donnell+Tuomey Architects, dePaor architects, TAKA, Dara McGrath (in assoc. with Robinson McIllwane Architects), Grafton Architects.

2006 10th International Architecture Exhibition  Exhibit: SubUrban to SuperRural. Commissioner: Shane O’Toole (for IAF), Deputy Commissioner: Ciarán O’Gaora, Curators: Michelle Fagan, Paul Kelly and Gary Lysaght of FKL Architects. Participants: Boyd Cody Architects, Bucholz|McEvoy Architects, dePaor architects, FKL architects, Henchion+Reuter Architects, heneghan.peng.architects, MacGabhann Architects, ODOS Architects, Dominic Stevens Architects, Constantin Gurdgiev, Frank McDonald, Jennifer Keegan, City Models.

2004 9th International Architecture Exhibition  Exhibit: Letterfrack – Transformation of an Institution. Commissioner: Shane O’Toole, Deputy Commissioner: Paul Kelly. Architects: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

2002 8th International Architecture Exhibition  Exhibit: Limerick County Hall. Commissioner: Raymund Ryan, Architects: Bucholz|McEvoy Architects

2000 7th International Architecture Exhibition  Exhibit: N3. Commissioner: Raymund Ryan, Architect: Tom dePaor

Ireland at Venice partners:

Culture Ireland was founded by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism in 2005 as the state agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide. Culture Ireland creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at leading international festivals, venues, showcases and markets.

The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.

Irish Architecture Foundation was initiated in 2005. Its role is to be a vibrant and passionate organisation that seeks to stimulate audiences about the cultural value of architecture. The supporters of the IAF are the Architectural Association of Ireland, Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dublin City Council, Irish Architectural Archive, Office of Public Works and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. We are gratefully supported by Patrons, Benefactors and Friends. Patrons, Treasury Holdings, Benefactors, O’Connell Mahon Architects, Friends, Box Architecture.