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.
Tuesdays to Saturdays 11 AM - 7 PM. Closed Mondays.

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

An exhibition of work by Irish visual artists Neil Carroll, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Colin Crotty, Katie Holten, Fiona Kelly and George Bolster, curated by Solas Nua’s Executive Director, Miranda Driscoll. Presented by Solas Nua in partnership with the Irish Arts Center, New York.

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 Space We Occupy will be 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 runs 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 and Rachael Gilkey, Director of Programming, Irish Arts Center.

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

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