ReView, Exhibition and Gathering – September 10th & 11th, 2022

The Glass Society of Ireland (GSOI) presents ReView – a unique, eco-conscious exhibition, part of our ‘sustainability’ themed programming for the International Year of Glass 2022.

The pop-up exhibition will take place on September 10th and 11th across the grounds of Hunting Brook Gardens, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.

These stunning gardens are made up of five acres of contemporary exotic gardens and fifteen acres of woodland gardens and valley. The exhibition will use minimal resources and only natural light giving new perspectives to existing work through responsive installation.

To be considered GSOI members were asked to submit a 2 minute video on what piece of old or unresolved work they wanted to ReView and why. Our final selection was supported by two guest jurors; USA-based artist and former Creative Director of the iconic Pilchuck Glass school Tina Aufiero, and award-winning gardener and owner of Hunting Brook, Jimi Blake.

15 Artists Selected

The 15 artists selected are: Alison Byrne, Clare Bowe, Donna Coogan, Emer O’Donnell, Eva Kelly, Gwyn Grace, Maresa Edwards, Marja Huhta, Michelle Ryan, Rachel McDonnell, Róisín de Buitléar, Sinead Brennan, Sophie Longwill and Suzanne O’Sullivan.

ReView – A GSOI Members Exhibition and Gathering

Guests are welcome to visit in person on Saturday 10th, 4pm – 7pm and Sunday 11th, 11am -3pm. Admission to the garden is normally €8 but during the specially extended hours for this event it’s a ‘pay-what-you-can’ suggested donation. All the artists will be present over the weekend so it is a great chance to meet the maker and learn more about the glass making processes.

‘Although almost infinitely recyclable, glass has a heavy carbon footprint when it’s newly
made. This is something a lot of environmentally conscious makers struggle with.
Opportunities in the sector demand current work, using lots of physical and creative
energy. Often, if not selected or sold, this work then sits in boxes for years unseen. It was
important to us to create a show where we were doing something fresh and exciting, but
not adding the the cycle of ‘creating more stuff’.

Project Curator and GSOI member, Meadhbh McIlgorm

ReView will live on online via a digital catalogue for those unable to visit in person. But the live experience in this beautiful setting will be something quite special indeed, so we look forward to seeing some old friends and also some new faces next weekend!

Please join us!

ReView Exhibition & Gathering – Open CallReduce, Reuse, ReView!

An environmentally conscious exhibition which provides an opportunity for you and your work to be seen in fresh air and fresh light. 

The GSoI has taken the theme of Climate Change for the International Year of Glass 2022. Through our programming we want to open the conversation around glass making, the climate and our individual and collective glass practices. ReView is a unique project for our members to exhibit together, share stories and get some fresh perspectives on older or unresolved artworks. 

We want you to select a piece of your work, share its story and then take it outside for a ReView among friends in an exhibition at the beautiful grounds of Hunting Brook Gardens, Blessington, Co Wicklow. 

This pop-up event will take place over the weekend of September 10th & 11th, outside in natural light, with minimal resources and environmental impact. The exhibition will have a lasting legacy online via excellent video and photo documentation and a digital catalogue complete with curator and juror comments. 

In a sector where most shows and open calls demand something new, this unique exhibition is a chance to ReView something old, see it in a new light and obtain fresh insights from fellow exhibitors while sharing stories and space together.