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DIT lecturer to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2018

Posted: 31 October, 2017

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD has announced that Miriam Delaney of the Dublin School of Architecture at DIT as a member of the team chosen to represent Ireland at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2018.

Free Market Team: (top row, left to right- Tara Kennedy, Orla Murphy, Miriam Delaney (DIT), Bottom row- Laurence Lord, Joanne Butler and Jeff Bolhuis.

Miriam is a co-curator of the Ireland’s exhibition ‘Free Market’ and is joined by Laurence Lord (AP+E), Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E), Jo Anne Butler (Culturstruction) and Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction). The exhibition will highlight the generosity, humanity and possibility in the common spaces of Ireland’s market towns. Once the economic and social hubs of rural Ireland, small town marketplaces have undergone fundamental changes in recent times. Indeed, many have seen their function as places of exchange and congregation diminished.

The project proposes to reclaim these places of interaction and community. It will also build on the research of the team and others, and on the lived experience of these spaces, to re-imagine the shared urban territory of the small town marketplace.

Miriam Delaney is a lecturer in the School of Architecture in DIT, and Irish Towns- their histories, morphologies and futures- has been the subject of much of her research and teaching. “The Free Market proposal for the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018, highlighting the loss of the shared civic spaces of marketplaces in Irish towns, builds on work undertaken by fourth-year DIT Architecture students in recent years, mapping and studying Irish planned towns and villages; this research was published earlier this year as 'Mapped'.”

The Venice Architecture Biennale, which will be held from 26 May to 25 November 2018, remains the most important global platform for the exhibition of architecture involving the public, members of civil society, individuals and institutions. Ireland’s exhibition in 2018, ‘Free Market’, will tour towns in Ireland in 2019 following its presentation in Venice.