Here's what's going on in the world of art and interiors this week

Joseph Walsh's one-day seminar in Riverstick, Co Cork, should be well subscribed.

Rose Martin looks at ideas, events and more happening in the world of art and interiors this week

FOLLOWING the recent and successful open weekend at his studio, Joseph Walsh, the internationally renowned artist/craftsman/sculptor and all round card-carrying genius, will again slide the barn doors open for Decoding Craftsmanship II, this September.

A one-day seminar on emerging technologies in maker culture, the talk-fest and ideas-incubator will open up the Riverstick studio to like-minded sorts while also placing it as an emerging creative centre for the region and the county.

Literally working in a quite backwater, Joseph Walsh’s renown is international and and judging by the response to his recent open day for Kinsale Arts Festival, this should be well subscribed.

This time round, John Makepeace OBE is confirmed for the one-day event at Fartha — the furniture designer-maker and educator is a leading exponent of the British Crafts Revival and was the founder of the Parnham Trust.

Other standout names include Gareth Neal, Humberto Campana and more and tickets range from €120-€150. A positive initiative on the part of Walsh — he’s placing the workshop, (site of the old family farm for over two hundred years), as a node for the creative community.

Do check his work out online — in particular, the video of the installation of his Magnus Modus, a large, oak sculpture created in Riverstick, that is the centrepiece in the new wing of the National Gallery.

Making of ‘Magnus Modus’ sculpture for the National Gallery
Making of ‘Magnus Modus’ sculpture for the National Gallery

AND speaking of the National Gallery, a new interactive website,, designed to complement the National Gallery’s, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, exhibition lauched this week.

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is the most famous name of Dutch seventeenth-century genre painting, but the exhibition takes pains to put this old master in his context. As the website reveals, he was not working in isolation and it shows the network of connections between other Dutch artists working at the same time, in particular, Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen and Frans van Mieris — names that won’t trip off the tongue of the average art lover.

“Connect Vermeer is the result of a research project conducted over the course of six years by the National Gallery of Ireland and our exhibition partners, in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) in The Hague.

“...The website provides us with an insight into the relationships between Vermeer and Dutch genre painters in a way traditional publications would never be able to do,” says Adriaan Waiboer, Head of Collections and Research, National Gallery of Ireland. is designed to complement the National Gallery’s Vermeer exhibition. is designed to complement the National Gallery’s Vermeer exhibition.

GLAS, Ireland’s horticulture business event took place in Dublin last week and at it, Bord Bia announced the the results of a survey of Irish gardeners’ habits.

The IPSOS/MRBI survey showed that over 1.3m people from over 1m households now garden regularly — and surprise, surprise, Irish gardeners who do so on a regular basis are mostly female at 69%. Of those about 4 in 10 are over 55, (hold the front page).

Some 75% of adults surveyed believe that gardening is good for mental health and over 98% who garden say they know it is good for them. So, as a follow up from these startling insights, Bord Bia number crunched to show that we gardeners are worth north of €729 million on the basis of the most recent ‘Garden Market Value’ research.

It concluded that Irish consumers’ gardening spend had increased by 16% since it was last measured in 2014 when it was valued at €631m.

Some of the award winners at the show were Kelly’s Nursery, Mullingar for Best New Plant — Escallonia, ‘Pink Elle’.

Best New Product was won by Hygeia, Galway for Green Force Lawn Gold. www.bord


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