The OPW launched IAWATST Exhibition at The Printworks, Dublin Castle

16 November 16

IAWATST is the abbreviation for ‘Interesting And Weird At The Same Time’.  It is an intriguing title that reflects the theme of the exhibition.  The exhibition is a joint project between the Office of Public Works (OPW), the Department of Finance (DoF, Stormont Executive), Dublin City Council the LAB Gallery and the Central Model Senior School, Dublin 1.

The children of 4th class from the Central Model Senior School selected the 20 artworks for the exhibition and the title reflects their fresh and open responses.  Using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) teaching method, The LAB team led lively discussions with the children prior to and during their visits to select the artworks from the diverse range of historic and contemporary works in both the OPW and the DoF collections.

Speaking at the exhibition, OPW Commissioner John McMahon welcomed the teachers and children from the Central Model Senior School to Dublin Castle and thanked them for their willingness to get involved in this exciting project. Also, on behalf of the OPW and the Department of Finance from Belfast, he thanked Dublin City Council's the LAB Gallery team for agreeing to partner in the exhibition and lead the process. He said that all participants learned from the process and working with the Central Model Senior School children was a great privilege.

The exhibition runs at The Printworks in Dublin Castle till mid-December before travelling on to the Alley Theatre and Gallery in Strabane.  It will then be on view in The LAB Gallery in February 2017.


Notes to Editors:


The Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Department of Finance (DoF Stormont Executive)have collaborated on organising art exhibitions since the late 1990s.  These exhibitions involve touring artworks from both public owned collections to venues throughout the island.   In recent years, the exhibitions have opened up into broader partnerships with other cultural organisations that have led to the artworks in both collections being viewed by audiences in a wide variety of locations - arts centres, libraries, colleges, heritage properties and other buildings which are open to the public.

There are 20 artworks in this exhibition, including works from the 18th century to works created in more recent years.  There are paintings, sculptures, and photographs on display.  Artists represented include Lawson Burch, Hugh Cummins, Paul Gaffney, Dennis Kelly, David King, Algis Krisciunas, Nevan Lahart, Frances Lambe, Cecil Maguire, Ruth McHugh, Mary McIntyre, Paul McKinley, Magnhild Opdøl, Sheila Rennick, Joanne Risley and Victor Sloan.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that provides information on the project and invites us to join the children on the journey they took in making the exhibition a reality.


Listing Information

Exhibition:           IAWATST Exhibition

Location:             The Printworks, Dublin Castle

Dates:                  Open until 7 December 2016

Times:                 Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 16.45

                            Sunday & Public Holidays: 11.00 – 16.45

Admission is free

Please note as a functioning Government site it may be necessary to close the building at short notice




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