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Nov
18
Fri
The Man Who Sees Through Shadows Photographic Exhibition by Mike Bunn @ Farmleigh Gallery
Nov 18 2022 @ 10.00am – Mar 19 2023 @ 5.00pm

Having been in Yorkshire in 1942 but having lived and worked in Ireland since the end of the 1960s, Mike Bunn has been highly regarded for many years as one of this country’s most consistent and celebrated contemporary photographers. His broad eye for striking subject matter alongside his delicately balanced sense of composition, as well as his detailed understanding of light and light ratios, are legendary. Now in his sixth decade as a photographic artist, and as the doyen of Irish photography, the range of photographic disciplines he has covered over the years is quite extraordinary and his knowledge of the history, skills and craftsmanship for the medium are unequalled.

From November 2022 until March 2023, the Office of Public Works in Ireland will present a large-scale 80th birthday retrospective exhibition of over 130 high-quality prints from nearly six decades of the widely diverse output of this renowned photographer. The exhibition will be presented in Farmleigh Gallery, at Farmleigh House in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, and will be accompanied by a programme of talks and workshops that will highlight the importance of Bunn’s vision as a classical photographer in capturing over five decades of Ireland’s cultural, fashion, landscape and environmental history.

Beginning with a set of photographs that wonderfully captures the atmosphere of Dublin at the start of the 1970s, at the time of his first arrival in the city, the presentation goes on to highlight examples of his pioneering fashion campaigns that he undertook from his legendary studio in Temple Bar’s Crown Alley, which he set up with his late wife, the iconic stylist and boutique-owner Betty Wall. These photographs chart his long and successful working relationship with many of Ireland’s then up-and-coming and subsequent leading fashion designers, including John Rocha, Michael Mortell, Louise Kennedy, Philip Treacy and Lainey Keogh, to name but a few.

Also included in the exhibition will be Bunn’s environmental and landscape photography that was featured in several important publications, as well as his intimate portraits in 1980 for ”The Writers”, which was published by the O’Brien Press. Conceived as part of the Sense of Ireland Festival that was presented in London that year, the book included, amongst 44 individual authors and poets, portraits of Brendan Kennelly, Frank Ormsby, John Montague, Neil Jordan, Mary Lavin, and William Trevor.

Reflecting his life-long interest in food, Bunn’s 1991 Anaya/Collins & Brown book, ‘Ireland – The Taste and The Country’, went straight into the hardback non-fiction best-sellers list for 16 weeks, selling over 40,000 copies in English, German and French editions, and won for him one of the Sunday Independent Arts Awards later that year.

In the summer of 1996, Bunn was chosen to represent Ireland at The Round Tower, Copenhagen, when the city was European Capital of Culture. The show featured images from his ‘Acid House Techno’ portfolio, examples of which will be featured in the Farmleigh exhibition. Also to be featured, from the year 2000, will be a selection of powerful and moving portraits of local tribespeople, from an assignment, for The Shubinak Trust, that took him to the Hindukush Mountains on the Pakistan/Afghan border, with the omnipresent Tirich Mir peak looming overhead.

In 2012, Bunn’s ‘Talking Heads’ exhibition, of large-scale, close-up photographic portraits in black/white of writers, poets and artists, was held in The Solstice Gallery in Navan and in 2013, as the first photographer to be allowed to do so, he conducted a fashion shoot on Skellig Michael for Juno Magazine. This was followed, in 2014, by ‘Volto Angelo’, an exhibition of large prints held in The Octagon Room of the Irish Georgian Society’s headquarters on Dublin’s South William Street.

Throughout his working life, Bunn has been interested in the landscape of Ireland and is particularly concerned with the fate of Irish bogs, especially those close to his home in Co. Sligo. The Farmleigh exhibition will feature several of his recent portraits of these magical and fragile environments, as well as his imagined constructs relating to the works of W. B. Yeats and his interaction with that afore-mentioned county.

In all, this retrospective of Mike Bunn’s work will present to the public an extraordinarily varied selection of magnificent images that reflect with great sensitivity some of the most important cultural developments that have occurred in Ireland over the past five decades. It will also present new work from Bunn’s ever-present and deeply-felt passion for the beauty and mystery of Ireland’s natural environment, giving us a unique vision, from a truly gifted artist, of wild treasures that we should protect and celebrate.

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Dec
3
Sat
Christmas Markets & Events @ Farmleigh Estate
Dec 3 @ 10.00am – 5.00pm

Welcome to the Farmleigh Christmas Programme for 2022. There is plenty here for all the family to enjoy, from Horse and Carriage Rides to Storytelling sessions. Mystery Guests and Surprise Performances will enchant and entertain all the family. Farmleigh is the ideal place to enter into the festive spirit! All of our events are free.* (*Some events require tickets due to limited capacity. Free Tickets are available in the Motor House in the Courtyard. Tickets will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis.)

Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard
10am – 5pm

Festive Crib, Outdoors
10am – 5pm

Horse & Carriage Rides, Outdoors
1pm – 4pm

Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors
2 pm – 4pm

Christmas Puppet Show with Niamh Lawlor, in The Cowshed Theatre (Ticketed Event*)
12 Noon – 12.30pm
1.45pm – 2.15pm
3.30pm – 4pm

Storytelling for Children with Aideen McBride, in The Old Kitchen (Ticketed Event*)
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm
4.15pm – 5pm

Christmas Carol Singing with Dol Cissimo, in The Ballroom (Ticketed Event*)
1.30pm
2.15pm
3.00pm

Farmleigh House is accessed through the Phoenix Park. For directions please click here. Please note that there will be a race in the Phoenix Park on Saturday 3rd December with a number of road closures in place. Click for details.

Barber shop singers performing in front of Farmleigh House

Mike Bunn / Exhibition Tour @ Farmleigh Gallery
Dec 3 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm

From November 2022 until March 2023, the Office of Public Works in Ireland will present a large-scale 80th birthday retrospective exhibition of over 130 high-quality prints from nearly six decades of the widely diverse output of this renowned photographer. The exhibition will be presented in Farmleigh Gallery, at Farmleigh House in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, and will be accompanied by a programme of talks and workshops that will highlight the importance of Bunn’s vision as a classical photographer in capturing over five decades of Ireland’s cultural, fashion, landscape and environmental history. Beginning with a set of photographs that wonderfully captures the atmosphere of Dublin at the start of the 1970s, at the time of his first arrival in the city, the presentation goes on to highlight examples of his pioneering fashion campaigns that he undertook from his legendary studio in Temple Bar’s Crown Alley, which he set up with his late wife, the iconic stylist and boutique-owner Betty Wall. These photographs chart his long and successful working relationship with many of Ireland’s then up-and-coming and subsequent leading fashion designers, including John Rocha, Michael Mortell, Louise Kennedy, Philip Treacy and Lainey Keogh, to name but a few.

In all, this retrospective of Mike Bunn’s work will present to the public an extraordinarily varied selection of magnificent images that reflect with great sensitivity some of the most important cultural developments that have occurred in Ireland over the past five decades. It will also present new work from Bunn’s ever-present and deeply-felt passion for the beauty and mystery of Ireland’s natural environment, giving us a unique vision, from a truly gifted artist, of wild treasures that we should protect and celebrate.

Saturday 3rd December 2022; 3pm;

Free Admission – Ticketed event, booking essential through www.eventbrite.ie

Dec
4
Sun
Christmas Markets & Events @ Farmleigh Estate
Dec 4 @ 10.00am – 5.00pm

Welcome to the Farmleigh Christmas Programme for 2022. There is plenty here for all the family to enjoy, from Horse and Carriage Rides to Storytelling sessions. Mystery Guests and Surprise Performances will enchant and entertain all the family. Farmleigh is the ideal place to enter into the festive spirit! All of our events are free.* (*Some events require tickets due to limited capacity. Free Tickets are available in the Motor House in the Courtyard. Tickets will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis.)

Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard
10am – 5pm

Festive Crib, Outdoors
10am – 5pm

Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors
12 Noon – 4pm

Horse & Carriage Rides, Outdoors
1pm – 4pm

Christmas Puppet Show with Niamh Lawlor, in The Cowshed Theatre (Ticketed Event*)
12 Noon – 12.30pm
1.45pm – 2.15pm
3.30pm – 4pm

Storytelling for Children with Aideen McBride, in The Old Kitchen (Ticketed Event*)
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm
4.15pm – 5pm

Christmas Carol Singing with The Brook Singers, in The Ballroom (Ticketed Event*)
1.30pm
2.15pm
3.00pm

Farmleigh House is accessed through the Phoenix Park. For directions please click here.

Santa sitting in front of the fireplace in Farmleigh entrance hall

Dec
9
Fri
Rejoice! @ Farmleigh House
Dec 9 @ 8.00pm – 9.30pm

Helen Hancock, soprano, is delighted to present an evening of song and Christmas favourites with pianist Aoife O’Sullivan. This programme will include songs by Mozart, Schubert and Clara Schumann and Christmas Carols including audience favourites Rejoice Greatly from Messiah and O Holy Night.

Tickets: €10

Doors: 7pm, bar/ refreshments available before performance & during interval.

Performance: 8pm – 9.30pm (with interval.)

To avoid long waits for taxis after the event, we recommend booking a taxi in advance if required.

Portrait photo of Helen Hancock soprano singer

Dec
10
Sat
Christmas Markets & Events @ Farmleigh Estate
Dec 10 @ 10.00am – 5.00pm

Welcome to the Farmleigh Christmas Programme for 2022. There is plenty here for all the family to enjoy, from Horse and Carriage Rides to Storytelling sessions. Mystery Guests and Surprise Performances will enchant and entertain all the family. Farmleigh is the ideal place to enter into the festive spirit! All of our events are free.* (*Some events require tickets due to limited capacity. Free Tickets are available in the Motor House in the Courtyard. Tickets will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis.)

Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard
10am – 5pm

Festive Crib, Outdoors
10am – 5pm

Horse & Carriage Rides, Outdoors
1pm – 4pm

Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors
2 pm – 4pm

Christmas Puppet Show with Yourmans Puppets, in The Cowshed Theatre (Ticketed Event*)
12 Noon – 12.30pm
1.45pm – 2.15pm
3.30pm – 4pm

Storytelling for Children with Jack Lynch, in The Old Kitchen (Ticketed Event*)
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm
4.15pm – 5pm

Christmas Carol Singing with The Rejoice Choir, in The Ballroom (Ticketed Event*)
1.30pm
2.15pm
3.00pm

Farmleigh House is accessed through the Phoenix Park. For directions please click here.

Christmas lights on the pillars in Front of Farmleigh entrance

Dec
11
Sun
Christmas Markets & Events @ Farmleigh Estate
Dec 11 @ 10.00am – 5.00pm

Welcome to the Farmleigh Christmas Programme for 2022. There is plenty here for all the family to enjoy, from Horse and Carriage Rides to Storytelling sessions. Mystery Guests and Surprise Performances will enchant and entertain all the family. Farmleigh is the ideal place to enter into the festive spirit! All of our events are free.* (*Some events require tickets due to limited capacity. Free Tickets are available in the Motor House in the Courtyard. Tickets will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis.)

Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard
10am – 5pm

Festive Crib, Outdoors
10am – 5pm

Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors
12 Noon – 4pm

Horse & Carriage Rides, Outdoors
1pm – 4pm

Christmas Puppet Show with Yourmans Puppets, in The Cowshed Theatre (Ticketed Event*)
12 Noon – 12.30pm
1.45pm – 2.15pm
3.30pm – 4pm

Storytelling for Children with Jack Lynch, in The Old Kitchen (Ticketed Event*)
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm
4.15pm – 5pm

Christmas Carol Singing with the Canbelto Choir, in The Ballroom (Ticketed Event*)
1.30pm
2.15pm
3.00pm

Farmleigh House is accessed through the Phoenix Park. For directions please click here.

Night shot of festive green & red curtains decorating the arch at Farmleigh

Dec
13
Tue
The Velvettes @ Farmleigh House
Dec 13 @ 8.00pm – 10.15pm

Velvettes present two nights of all the classic tunes that make Christmas so special.

From Bing’s quintessential “White Christmas” through to Elvis’s “Blue Christmas” with a healthy helping of Doris Day, Perry Como & many many more. The band endeavour to recreate the atmosphere & spirit of season from the ’40’s 50’s & ’60’s.

Interspersed with some timeless Jazz standards from Cole Porter, Irving Berlin & Hoagy Carmichael. Songs immortalised through the years, made legendary by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole & Eta James & Ella Fitzgerald, all wrapped in the incredible setting of The Ballroom at Farmleigh Estate, decked out for Christmas. A magical trip down memory lane, to bring the joy and warmth of the Holiday season to life.

Tickets: €10

Doors: 7pm, bar/ refreshments available before performance & during interval.

Performance: 8pm – 10.15pm (with interval)

To avoid long waits for taxis after the event, we recommend booking a taxi in advance if required.

black & white group photo of "The Velvettes" band behind colourful Christmas presents