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December 9, 2009

de Blacam and Meagher exhibition for Irish pavilion at 2010 Architecture Biennale

Year: 2010 Caption: ‘of de Blacam and Meagher’, Irish National Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibiton (La Biennale), Venice – John Meagher and Shane de Blacam Courtesy: Fionn McCann

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. 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, de Blacam and Meagher Architects.

Claire Doyle, Head of Visual Arts and Architecture at the Arts Council said of the team that “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.”

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.

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