Architecture at the Edge returns to Galway for sixth edition

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The annual Architecture at the Edge (AATE) Festival will return for its sixth edition from the 1st to the 9th of October.

AATE is a not-for-profit organisation based in the west of Ireland that explores architecture and design in our social, political and cultural contexts.

Over 40 events are happening across Galway city and county featuring a series of contributors including architects, artists and academics.

The official launch at Kylemore Abbey on 1 October opens the exhibition ‘Interpreting Landscape – Tim Robinson and the west of Ireland’, which will run right through Spring 2023.

Other highlights include a tour of the House on Sky Road with A2 Architects, in partnership with the Architecture Association of Ireland (AAI).

People can drop by Nuns Island Theatre on Saturday 1 October to experience the amazing 2021 Turner Prize winning ‘The Druthaib’s Ball’ installation created by the Array Collective, and to reflect on the concept of ‘belonging’.

This will be followed by a ‘word workshop’ in Áras na nGael, Dominick Street, where attendees will be invited to create a provocative placard.

GROUNDWORK, a solo exhibition by young architect Dominic Daly will run in Ballinasloe. It responds to the theme of ‘repair’ by addressing the crisis faced by the rural Irish town today.

Through the media of drawing, objects, photographs and writing, a dispersed exhibition is set within the townscape of Ballinasloe, against the backdrop of the ancient October Horse Fair.

An exhibition ‘Broken Stones’ by Artists – Emily Jones & David Hurley (Réal) will run at the Mick Lally Theatre, with a separate installation at the Martin Tea House Folly, at Dangan grounds, University of Galway.

Through exploring architecture and its narrative potential as a means to reconcile our identity with land, the exhibition meditates on how built forms and materials take on meaning in the contemporary world.

Take a tour with the ‘Three Castle Project’, beginning with a presentation of the conservation repair and consolidation works carried out at Menlough, Tirellan and Merlin castles by Fergal Mc Namara, 7L Architects at the MicK Lally Theatre, followed by walking tour to Tirellan Castle (Terryland) led by Dr. Jim Higgins, Heritage and Conservation Officer, Galway City Council.

Speaking about this year’s theme of ‘repair’, AATE Festival Director, Frank Monahan, said that all architecture is about remaking.

He said that it is fundamental for architecture today to rethink the construction and production of how we build.

“We need a working guide to the repair of our towns and cities, our homes, and our social relations and I hope that events during the festival can bring people together to be a part of that process.”

Other tours include Ashford Castle, Sos Seotoireachta, Ros An Mhil / Rossaveel Small Craft Harbour and Féin-thógáil an Spidéil.

The 2022 programme also includes workshops, film screenings and talks. For full programme details visit ArchitectureAtTheEdge.com