The Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day Four

Instrumental Art  Exhibition Opening in Dublin


  • May 25th – June 24th.  2012
  • Exhibition Space, Top Floor, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
  • Opening Times Mon-Sat 11am-7pm.Thurs 11am-9pm. Sun 11am-6pm
    Free Admission

Instrument art, oil painting on a violin, oil painting of the creation of adam, musical youth foundation, soul picnic

Heaven’s Above by Donna McGee – Instrumental Art Dublin

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this exhibition, the world’s first Instrumental Art Exhibition featuring over 100 unique pieces.  It is truly amazing to witness the diversity  in creativity across this talented group of artists :  (from violins converted to medicine cabinets and a “well heeled guitar” literally  perched on high heels!)

Opening Night at Instrumental Art Exhibition, Donna McGee, Rod Coyne, artists
Opening Night at Instrumental Art Exhibition
Instrumental Art Dublin - Saoirse Meehan and Donna McGee
Instrumental Art Dublin – Saoirse Meehan and Donna McGee
Derek Lyons - Instrument Art Dublin
Derek Lyons – Instrument Art Dublin
Paul Flynn - Instrument Art Dublin
Paul Flynn – Instrument Art Dublin
Instrumenl Art Dublin, Soul Picnic, Musical Youth Foundation
Instrumenl Art Dublin
Staple Art - Instrumental Art Dublin, Soul Picnic, Musical Youth Foundation
Staple Art – Instrumental Art Dublin

This event has been organised by Soul Picnic in association with Dublin City Council and Failte Ireland.  On 26th – 27th  May, the 6th annual   ‘Dublin City Soul Festival  will take place live from the beautiful surroundings of Merrion Square Park.

The event  will raise much needed funds for  ‘Musical Youth Foundation’ (MYF) which provides children with access to a musical education.

You can make a donation directly to The Musical Youth Foundation  and at the Soul Picnic festival, or go along to the exhibition and purchase a truly unique musical instrument.

In addition, Merrion Square Art will continue, as always,  around the railings on the Square.  So feast your eyes and ears on great music and an excellent, broad  range of original paintings.

p.s. Sunshine has also been arranged.

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Merrion Square Art – 25 Years On!

Art on Merrion Square celebrates 25 years!

Recently, Merrion Square Artists celebrated 25 years  of Art on the Square. The mood was festive and the artists  decorated their pitches with bunting and balloons.

To add to the ambience, the sun was shining and the music from the  Soul Picnic  festival in Merrion Square park complimented the day as the various artists sang their hearts out.

There was prize giving,  face painting and  a fun day was had by all.

The Mystery Man
The Mystery Man

Merrion Square  is a  Georgian square   lined with Georgian red-brick houses;  Leinster House, Natural History Museum,  and the National Gallery.

The exhibition of original paintings on Merrion Square began in 1985 and has continued to grow ever since. The exhibition has now expanded  to three sides of the  Square covering over half a kilometre of railings and can be viewed every weekend and all year round.

Georgian Building Doorway, Oil Painting 12x10" © Donna McGee
Georgian Building Doorway, Oil Painting 12×10″ © Donna McGee

The Catholic Church purchased Merrion Square park as a possible site for the first catholic cathedral in Dublin. The park was leased in 1974 by the St Laurence O’Toole Diocesan Trust (acting on behalf of the Archdiocese of Dublin) to the Dublin Corporation for public use and named in honour of Archbishop Dermot Ryan by the City Council.   It has since come up for review again and it would seem that the new name for the park is,  Merrion Square Gardens.

The park also hosts a flamboyant statue of    Oscar Wilde ,   the Irish writer and poet (1854 – 1900).  His former residence  was No. 1  Merrion Square from 1855 to 1876, however, since 1994 the house has been taken over by The American College Dublin.

Statue of Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square Gardens
Statue of Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square Gardens

Walking the park is a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.   Maintained at a high level, the park  boasts  a magnificent display of shrubs and flowers for all to enjoy in the heart of Dublin city.

Oftentimes, other events take place,   such as the Street Performance  World Championship  which should not be missed.

Then,  feast your eyes on some great  original paintings displayed on the railings every Sunday,  whatever the weather! You will find me at  No. 90 (identified by brass number plates) on the north side of the Square.  Why not drop by for a visit and say hello.

What a great way to spend Sundays!