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Architecture at the Edge -  Festival Inaugural Programme Announced

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017

 Architecture at the Edge (AE17) is a weekend celebration of exceptional architecture in the West of Ireland. Featuring a series of talks, tours, workshops and exhibitions, the festival invites people of all ages to explore the built environment of their city and county. The festival, which runs from 29th September – 1st October throughout Counties Mayo and Galway includes expert-led guided tours, talks, workshops and exhibitions and will offer audiences a unique opportunity to explore homes, buildings and spaces that are not usually open to the public.

The festival will open on Friday 29th September with a half day symposium entitled ‘Placemaking - visualising a future for Galway’.  Speakers at this symposium include Carole Pollard, the RIAI President, Frank McDonald, Former Irish Times Environmental Editor and will be chaired by Rosie Webb, Senior Architect with Limerick City and County Council.

“We are very excited about the symposium which aims to stimulate debate about urban and rural planning and how we can create the best possible spaces in which to live, work and play”, said Frank Monahan, Festival Director. 

“We are particularly excited to have Philip Crowe, CEO and co-founder of Space Engagers, a social enterprise that draws on mapping to engage citizens with the spaces in which they live, to bring about positive change”. 

The symposium will take place on Friday morning at the O’Donoghue Centre for Theatre, Drama and Performance, NUI, Galway and will be followed in the afternoon by four different workshops. 

Participants can choose to attend the symposium in the morning, one of the afternoon workshops or join us for a day-long event”, added Frank Monahan.

Other festival highlights include a number of architecturally guided tours.  The Lough Corrib tour on Saturday 30th September, features a guided visit of Ross Errilly Friary, a private tour of Ashford Castle, a visit to the new Fishers of Men installation in Cong Woods and guided tour of the ancient church ruins on Inchagoill Island on Lough Corrib.   

On Sunday 01st October, a second tour will invite audiences to explore Leagaun House in Moycullen, Kylemore Abbey, GMIT Letterfrack and the Marconi Station at Derrigimlagh.  The Bungalow Bliss Tour will take place on Saturday 30th September.

Shorter tours in Mayo include The Westport Walking Tour and the Harry Clarke Liquid Light tour at St. Mary’s Church, Ballinrobe.

The festival will see over 25 public and private buildings open to the public with many tours of the properties led by the architects who designed the buildings.  Highlights in County Mayo include free tours of Enniscoe House, Crossmolina, Turlough Park House, Castlebar and Westport House.

“In addition to the guided tours, the symposium, and the open buildings throughout the weekend, the festival will also feature The Buildings of Mayo Exhibition, with the official opening by Minister Michael Ring in the North Mayo Heritage Centre in Enniscoe House, Crossmolina”, stated Festival Director, Frank Monahan.

“The Contempo Quartet will perform at the Human Biology Building in NUI,Galway on Sunday 01st October and the Edible Architecture Competition will be held in Galway City Museum on the same day.  Entries for Edible Architecture are invited from all age groups with fantastic prizes for individual category winners as well as a special schools’ prize.

“We have a bumper programme and people who are interested in participating in the festival can book tickets at the festival website www.architectureattheedge.com.  Most events are free, but spaces are limited, so we would urge people to log on and book to ensure they are not disappointed”, he concluded.

Architecture at the Edge is kindly supported by Mayo County Council, Clár Éire Ildánach / Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022, Galway County Council, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht - Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015, Galway City Council,  The Royal Institute of the Architects of The Architects of Ireland

For more information please contact the festival director, Frank Monahan onE: frankmonahan@yahoo.com or M: 087 676 4040

About Architecture at the Edge

Architecture at the Edge is not-for-profit organisation established in 2017 to promote an appreciation and awareness of the architecture of the west of Ireland. It invites everyone to explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment. It comprises a weekend of events guided by a straightforward but inspiring principle: to promote outstanding architecture.

Curated by the local voluntary committee, Architecture at the Edge has emerged from what was previously known as ‘Open House Galway’ Architecture Festival, which was first held in Galway in 2009 and was last hosted in 2013. It continues in its objective as a significant contributor to highlight the value and potential of our built heritage and environment, and also to stimulate debate in what will hopefully be an enjoyable participatory experience.

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