Model events to help you draw inspiration

Eve Kelliher looks at what’s happening in the worlds of art and interiors.

Model events to help you draw inspiration

Eve Kelliher looks at what’s happening in the worlds of art and interiors.

SUPERMODEL and photographer Helena Christensen was among a galaxy of starry art lovers in the frame for a major showcase of Irish paintings in New York during the week as Morgan O’Driscoll Fine Art became the first Irish auction house to stage an Irish art auction viewing in the Big Apple.

Ahead of its art auction on April 29, at the RDS Dublin, the company brought a large selection of paintings by renowned Irish artists to New York for auction viewing, including work by Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, Louis le Brocquy and John Shinnors among others.

The Fine Art Auction House hosted several celebrity guests, US and Irish business people and art lovers in Manhattan, including hotelier John Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Hotels, fashion designer Louise Kennedy, Ireland General Consul to New York Ciaran Madden and NY’s legendary River Cafe owner Buzzy O’Keeffe.

“Bringing Irish art to New York is a response to our growing US client base. The viewing of Irish art was enormously well received, and serves to heighten awareness of the quality and provenance of Irish art,” said Morgan O’Driscoll, managing director, Morgan O’Driscoll Fine Art Auctions.

Magical makeovers

Imagine stepping inside your home to find it’s been transformed beyond your wildest dreams — without you even having to prise open a single can of paint. Angela Scanlon presents a brand-new property makeover series where cutting-edge virtual reality and visual effects enable people to see what their future home could look like, before building it in reality.

According to the makers of BBC Two’s Your Home Made Perfect: “People can instantly explore a stunning transformation of their bedroom, walk around an incredible double-height kitchen, or see how adding a gigantic picture window will turn a dingy lounge into a showstopping sitting room.” In each episode, a family will be presented with two radically different designs by two extraordinary architects. Which ambitious renovation idea will they choose for their perfect home? Tune into BBC Two on Tuesday, April 16, from 8pm to 9pm.

Your help needed

One of Ireland’s best-known architects, Dermot Bannon launched the Open Door campaign on Monday. This fundraiser sees architects registered with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) join forces with the Simon Community to support its work in tackling homelessness.

In return for a €95 donation, homeowners can receive an hour-long consultation with an RIAI-registered architect to discuss building, rebuilding or renovating their residences. All funds raised go directly to the Simon Community.

This year RIAI Simon Open Door runs from Saturday, May 11, until Sunday, May 19. Due to demand in previous years, the initiative has been extended to run for nine days including two weekends, giving you the opportunity to find a consultation time that suits.

Book a slot with an RIAI-registered architect in your area by visiting

Architectural show

Check out a major showcase of Irish architecural talent which opened in The Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, last Saturday. Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings will run in Cork until June 20 before exhibiting in VISUAL Carlow from September 20 to January 19, 2020.

In 2018, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara became the first Irish architects to curate La Biennale di Venezia in its 123-year history.

As part of this major event, 16 Irish architect teams were invited to reimagine iconic works by international architects from the 20th century.

Need inspiration?

Up to 30,000 homeowners are expected to descend en masse on the Ideal Home Show at the RDS over the course of this weekend. The permanent tsb Ideal Home Show Spring 2019 opened yesterday and runs until tomorrow, Sunday, April 14. The Dyson Wellbeing Showhouse is set to be the talking point of the weekend.

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