'Architecture at the Edge' Festival Programme Announced

Architecture at the Edge, a new festival designed to help citizens understand the many ways architecture impacts our lives, has launched its inaugural programme.   The festival, which runs from 29th September – 01st October throughout Counties Mayo and Galway includes expert-led guided tours, talks, workshops and exhibitions and will offer audiences a unique opportunity to explore homes, buildings and spaces that are not usually open to the public.

The festival will open on Friday 29th September with a half day symposium entitled ‘Placemaking - visualising a future for Galway’.  Speakers at this symposium include Carole Pollard, the RIAI President, Frank McDonald, Former Irish Times Environmental Editor and will be chaired by Rosie Webb, Senior Architect with Limerick City and County Council.

“We are very excited about the symposium which aims to stimulate debate about urban and rural planning and how we can create the best possible spaces in which to live, work and play”, said Frank Monahan, Festival Director. 

“We are particularly excited to have Philip Crowe, CEO and co-founder of Space Engagers, a social enterprise that draws on mapping to engage citizens with the spaces in which they live, to bring about positive change”. 

The symposium will take place on Friday morning at the O’Donoghue Centre for Theatre, Drama and Performance, NUI, Galway and will be followed in the afternoon by four different workshops. 

“Participants can choose to attend the symposium in the morning, one of the afternoon workshops or join us for a day-long event”, added Frank Monahan.

Other festival highlights include a number of architecturally guided tours.  The Lough Corrib tour on Saturday 30th September, features a guided visit of Ross Errilly Friary, a private tour of Ashford Castle, a visit to the new Fishers of Men installation in Cong Woods and guided tour of the ancient church ruins on Inchagoill Island on Lough Corrib.   

On Sunday 01st October, a second tour will invite audiences to explore Leagaun House in Moycullen, Kylemore Abbey, GMIT Letterfrack and the Marconi Station at Derrigimlagh.   The Bungalow Bliss Tour will take place on Saturday 30th September.

Shorter tours in Mayo include The Westport Walking Tour and the Harry Clarke Liquid Light tour at St. Mary’s Church, Ballinrobe.

The festival will see over 25 public and private buildings open to the public with many tours of the properties led by the architects who designed the buildings.  Highlights in County Mayo include free tours of Enniscoe House, Crossmolina, Turlough Park House, Castlebar and Westport House.

“In addition to the guided tours, the symposium, and the open buildings throughout the weekend, the festival will also feature The Buildings of Mayo Exhibition, with the official opening by Minister Michael Ring in the North Mayo Heritage Centre in Enniscoe House, Crossmolina”, stated Festival Director, Frank Monahan.

“The Contempo Quartet will perform at the Human Biology Building in NUI,Galway on Sunday 01st October and the Edible Architecture Competition will be held in Galway City Museum on the same day.  Entries for Edible Architecture are invited from all age groups with fantastic prizes for individual category winners as well as a special schools’ prize.

“We have a bumper programme and people who are interested in participating in the festival can book tickets at the festival website www.architectureattheedge.com.  Most events are free, but spaces are limited, so we would urge people to log on and book to ensure they are not disappointed”, he concluded.

Architecture at the Edge is kindly supported by Mayo County Council, Clár Éire Ildánach / Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022, Galway County Council, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht - Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015, Galway City Council,  The Royal Institute of the Architects of The Architects of Ireland