Leading international and local artists capture the magic of Birr Castle Demesne

As part of their 400-year celebrations of the Parsons Family living at Birr Castle Demesne, Lord and Lady Rosse of Birr Castle are delighted to host the 2020 “Through the Artist’s Eye at Birr Castle Demesne” Exhibition taking place now for six weeks at Birr Castle Demesne and also available to view online.

Leading international and local artists capture the magic of Birr Castle Demesne

Lady Alison Rosse of Birr Castle with one of her paintings

Leading international and local artists capture the magic of Birr Castle Demesne

Sasha Sykes with her mother, Lady Jessica Rathdonnell admiring her piece Discovery which is part of the exhibition.

 

The Exhibition will feature landscape, botanical art, and sculptures. Award-winning artists such as Lesley FennellAndrea JamesonSasha SykesSusan SexLynn StringerMary DillionAlison RosseHolly Somerville and Nicola Lynch Morrin are amongst the artists taking place.

Leading international and local artists capture the magic of Birr Castle Demesne

The Willow Tree: Oil on Canvas by Lesley Fennell

Leading international and local artists capture the magic of Birr Castle Demesne

Discovery by Sasha Sykes

Paintings and sculpture will reflect the four seasons and encompass all aspects of the Demesne: the exotic collections, the meadow flowers, spring bulbs, apple blossom in the orchard and old apple varieties.

Previous Botanical exhibitions have been hosted at the National Botanic Gardens, Tourin House in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford in 2016, followed by ‘Burtown through the Artist’s Eye’ in 2018.

There are many collections of specimen plants in the demesne, the most dramatic of which may well be the magnolias, ranging in colour from white to dark pink. This year marking 400 years of the Parsons family living at Birr Castle we are conscious of the wonderful historical and scientific achievements of the family.

For many however, the creation of a botanical wonderland is their finest legacy and this exhibition will go some way to capture this. For more information see www.birrcastle.com

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