Open Air Art Appreciation Friday Lunches | Ballymaloe House

Treat yourselves to starting the weekend early and join us for lunch and a guided tour of the Ballymaloe Sculpture Exhibition in association with Richard Scott Sculpture from 22nd July 2020. 

Arrive at 12.30 for our Garden to Glass mocktail of the day, enjoy a 3 course lunch in one of our 7 dining rooms before joining Richie Scott for a 1 hour guided tour of the 2020 Ballymaloe Open Air Sculpture Exhbition at 2.30pm. 

You are also invited to take a meadow 1km walk after the tour and / or return to Ballymaloe House for tea and cake before you leave. 

€50 per person (Friday lunch only) - Booking via phone 021 465 2531 (Advance booking is essential subject to Covid19 restriction availability


Exhibition Information:  

Some of Ireland's best sculptors, previous exhibitions have exhibited artists such as John Coll, Elizabeth Cope, Eileen McDonagh, Patrick O’Reilly and Michael Quane, to mention but a few.  More information on the 2020 exhibition TBC. 

The Allen family’s long tradition of supporting the arts is evident in this gloriously disparate collection from Irish, Swiss and Slovenian artists. Works in stone, bronze, stainless steel, ceramic and indeed grass are revealed as you come up the leafy drive; organic and geometric forms alike harmonising with the living backdrop of trees, fields and flowers.

The interaction with the grounds and farm is what is most striking; this natural gallery invites participation. There’s no cold elitism here; it’s warm and welcoming and fun. At a time when artists need our support more than ever, this exhibition allows a much more personal connection to their pieces. This is an enormously diffuse collection yet all the works coexist nicely; the conceptual sits happily side by side with the figurative; the oblique with the self-explanatory.

Richard Scott has made excellent use of the features here to showcase the works; this media shy art lover is clearly an empathetic curator and does all the heavy lifting – literally; as with the support of the farm staff he has mastered the art of the forklift to move the large pieces around until he finds their natural fit.

He first assembled this exhibition at Ballymaloe in 2014 and this updated version has a huge appeal; people who come for a meal in the wonderful  Ballymaloe House or Cafe have an extra experiece to enjoy during their visit to East Cork. It’s a success in every sense and the gallery is very inventive in facilitating purchase plans- a wise strategy and one that makes works of this calibre accessible to a wide audience.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition you are invited to join Richard Scott and Hazel Allen on Thursday evenings at 6 pm for a guided 1-hour walk through the #BallymaloeSculptureTrail.  These 'Walk and talk' Tours are informative and light-hearted. Everyone is welcome. No need to book and no charge... just turn up!

A mid-week Art Appreciation 1 night escape to Ballymaloe House is available (1 night B&B and dinner) from €465 for two - see HERE for details. 

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