THE CONTEMPORARY COLLECTOR
Dublin Civic Trust are delighted to announce two upcoming in-person events which coincide with the opening of A Feast of Interiors, John Clarke's brilliant pop-up antiques and homewares shop which is now in its third year at 18 Ormond Quay Upper.
‘THE CONTEMPORARY COLLECTOR’ is a series of informative talks led by John, who is an antiques and interiors specialist with decades of experience.
The event will consist of an intimate discussion tour, guiding attendees through themes including the design and manufacture of traditional objects and furniture and their sustainability and reuse. John will explore how to assess old furniture and objects and provide advice on assembling beautiful and comfortable rooms.
The event will run twice, as follows:
· Monday 11th December @ 10:00-11:30.
· Thursday 14th December @ 18:00-19:30.
Tickets only €25 including tea and coffee in the restored 1840s building.
Tickets may be booked via Eventbrite on the button below, with all proceeds of the talks supporting the work of Dublin Civic Trust.
Additionally, the shop proper is now open daily 10:30 – 18:00 until Saturday 23rd December, bringing a completely unique collection assembled by John Clarke for the festive season.
Browse 18th and 19th-century furniture, collectables and objet d’art, bespoke homewares and handmade soft furnishings suitable for both contemporary and traditional interiors. Items large and small, most with a restored, repurposed and sustainable ethos, make for unique Christmas gifts.
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Our exciting new building restoration project at 68 Arran Street East is now underway. One of the most transformative initiatives of its kind in the city, we need your support to help it continue.
Recent CPD Webinar: The Irish Chimneypiece 1660-1830
Half Day Webinar
Wednesday 15th November 2023
Our most recent webinar was the first of its kind on the topic. It explored the history, design and use of chimneypieces in Ireland through an important and varied period from the second half of the 17th century to the introduction of mass production by the early Victorian period. Led by leading expert Patrick Pilkington, chimneypiece specialist and decorative arts historian, attendees gained a rare insight into the Irish chimneypiece trade in an international context, from stone suppliers and grate installations, to the evolution of fashion and architectural taste. Themes explored included integrated interiors; clients, stonecutters and architects as agents of taste; prized stones and inlay; logistics of material supply and more. This event was of extra important to those engaged in the field of conservation, architecture, interiors, history and the decorative arts, and a recorded version may be purchased - granting the same CPD points - via the "Videos" tab of our website.
18 Ormond Quay Upper Wins European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2021
Dublin Civic Trust is delighted to receive Europe's most prestigious award for built heritage conservation - the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2021 - for the restoration of 18 Ormond Quay Upper, an 1840s merchant buiding in the historic centre of Dublin.
18 Ormond Quay was restored by the Trust over a three-year period since 2017 as a demonstration project under its ‘revolving fund’ mechanism, showing how historic buildings in the centre of Dublin can be sensitively restored with a residential component.
We feel this award is for Dublin and all Dubliners who cherish their city and its built heritage.
A restoration project on Dublin’s quays has just been awarded the equivalent of a heritage Oscar
July 25 2021 02:30 AM
A modest restoration project has been awarded the equivalent of a heritage Oscar by Europa Nostra, which is Europe’s largest and oldest federation of heritage organisations.
Every year it celebrates and promotes significant heritage achievements across 40 countries.
This year, the Dublin Civic Trust won a European Heritage Award/Europa Nostra Award 2021 for their restoration of a simple 19th-century merchant’s building at 18 Ormond Quay Upper in the centre of Dublin.
Project 18Ormond Updates
Decoration of the upper floor rooms in 18 Ormond Quay is well advanced, the walls now dressed in authentic Irish wallpapers recreated by leading wallpaper expert and manufacturer, David Skinner. Take a chance to view the completed rooms for yourself...
Irish Period Houses - The Definitive Reference Manual
Dublin Civic Trust's flagship publication Irish Period Houses - A Conservation Guidance Manual is the must-have reference tool for building conservation in Ireland.
Newly rewritten and published for 2016 by the original author, chartered conservation surveyor Frank Keohane, Irish Period Houses provides invaluable information for the homeowner and building professional into the design of traditional houses, their construction materials and decorative elements, and expert guidance on how they can be repaired and enhanced with best conservation practice. It is the definitive reference guide for custodians of most period buildings in Ireland and for anyone considering taking on a building conservation project.
2021 Building Conservation Grants
If you own or occupy a Protected Structure or a building located in an Architectural Conservation Area, you are eligible to make an application for financial grant assistance for conservation and maintenance works under the Government's recently announced 2021 grant schemes.
Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has launched details of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund for 2021. With €6 million in funding across both schemes, they represent a significant boost to the preservation of Ireland’s built heritage. It is expected the schemes will support hundreds of projects while also creating over 30,000 days of employment.
Both schemes are now open for submissions through your local authority until the newly extended deadline of Wednesday 24th February 2021.
Project 18Ormond - The Story So Far
The Identification and Reuse of Traditional 17th & 18th-Century Urban Buildings
One Day Symposium
6th December 2019
This one-day symposium organised by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, showcases the diverse richness of Ireland's pre-Georgian and early Georgian built heritage in our towns and cities. A host of expert speakers will shine a light on all aspects of early building construction, from timber and masonry materials, to roof typologies and architectural joinery. The aim of the event is to involve more people and communities in recognition and preservation of early urban buildings in our historic cities and towns, raise levels of awareness, and seek innovative and creative schemes for contemporary living.