Crowded Thresholds Exhibition @ Farmleigh Gallery
Dec 7 2019 @ 10:00 am – Mar 26 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Crowded Thresholds Exhibition @ Farmleigh Gallery

Crowded Thresholds

7 December 2019 – 25 March 2020

Max Brosi / Joe Caslin / Julie Connellan / Hazel Kenny / Daithi Magner / Paul McClure / Caoimhe McGuckin / John Rainey / Niall Sweeney Brigitta Varadi / Curated by Fiona Mulholland

“Of all human activities, creativity comes closest to providing the fulfilment we all hope to get in our lives. Call it full-blast living”. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

A thought-provoking exhibition on tour from the National Design & Craft Gallery, Crowded Thresholds represents the ‘emotional geography’ of the makers, generating a fascinating visual interplay between authentic storytelling and artistic expression, with a sense of playfulness and infectious imagination. A common thread throughout is the artists’ preoccupation with making the invisible, visible, and a fundamental interest in traditional processes and materials.

From amputated limb jewellery to wearable measurement systems; ‘voluptuously illustrated’ silk scarfs, to Rorschach inkblot textile hangings; derelict angel houses constructed using found materials, to artefacts that suggest new ways of representing the self – Crowded Thresholds is an intriguing group exhibition of established and emerging practitioners, working across different disciplines in applied art, design and visual art.

Crowded Thresholds explores effects of the subconscious in the creation and response to objects of material culture. Reflecting on what Freud termed ‘The Uncanny’, the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, the curator is interested in how psychoanalytic concepts overlap with the creative process. Bringing together a disparate set of influences from popular culture to the avantgarde; surrealism to realism; social cultural issues to the body at a microscopic level – the exhibition ultimately embraces our humanity.

Developed by Design & Craft Council of Ireland

Opeing Hours:
Tues – Sun
10am -1pm
2pm – 5pm

Experience Japan Day @ Farmleigh Estate
Apr 19 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come to Farmleigh House and Gardens for our annual festival celebrating Japanese and Japanese-Irish culture.  Enjoy Japanese music, dance, food, martial arts demonstrations, poetry and crafts.

Experience Japan is a series of events designed to celebrate Japanese culture and the Japanese community in Ireland. Our events promote integration and cultural understanding between all communities.The centrepiece of Experience Japan is a ‘Hanami’ festival day where families and friends come together to enjoy free music and dance performances, along with demonstrations of Japanese culture. ‘Hanami’ is the traditional Japanese custom of viewing flowers, especially cherry blossom, to mark the arrival of spring.

Sunday, 19th April 2020
Farmleigh Estate
Free Admission

festival      Japan Day


Dublin Plein Air Festival @ Farmleigh Estate
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Dublin Plein Air festival returns to Farmleigh. Come and watch the numerous artists create their works in the beautiful surroundings of Farmleigh. Watch as magnificent pieces come to life. Pieces are available to the public to purchase.

Members of the public can watch the artists at work for free but if you wish to take part in the festival you must register for the festival.
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When: Saturday 20th June
Time: 10am – 5pm
Where: Farmleigh Estate