The Space We Occupy

George Bolster. You Are Made of Stardust. Photo Nir Airelli

Opening at 2 PM on Saturday 09 July and runs until 31 July.
Wednesdays to Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

Whittle School & Studios 
3400 International Dr NW 
Washington, D.C., 20008

Entry on International Drive only.
Closest Metro Station is Van Ness-UDC. 

An exhibition of work by Irish visual artists Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Fiona Kelly, Katie Holten, Colin Crotty, Neil Carroll & George Bolster, curated by Solas Nua’s Executive Director, Miranda Driscoll. 

The Space We Occupy is a group exhibition of work by six visual artists based in Dublin, Cork and New York City. The artists represent the depth and breadth of contemporary visual art being made across the island of Ireland today and by the many Irish artists who call the U.S. home. The works consider our relationship with place and time; from the macro to the micro—Earth’s place in the solar system, humankind’s brief time on Earth, the place we occupy in community and the physical relationship between artwork and viewer. 

Originally conceived to mark the opening of the New Irish Arts Center building in New York, the exhibition now travels to Washington, D.C., to occupy the spectacular Whittle School and Studios in the North Cleveland Park neighborhood. Formerly used as the U.S. headquarters of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (Intelsat), the building is known for its futuristic, high-tech architecture. Designed by the Australian architect John Andrews, Intelsat's design became an important model for environmentally conscious and energy saving architecture. At the time of its construction, the new Intelsat headquarters was one of the first green buildings in Washington, D.C. The building was later re-envisioned by Italian architect Renzo Piano.

The Space We Occupy was opened by Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's Ambassador to the USA, at 2pm on Saturday 09 July at Whittle School & Studios, 3400 International Dr NW, Washington, D.C., 20008. This exhibition, which ran until Sunday 31 July, originated at the Irish Arts Center in New York City and is supported by Culture Ireland.

Special thanks to all of the artists, Irish Arts Center and to the Dupont Circle Hotel.

You Are Made of Stardust, George Bolster, 2021. Installation image, Irish Arts Center. Photo Nir Airelli

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