18 July – 12 September 2019
Millennium Wing Studio

For bookings contact: TropPopxNatGal@gmail.com

Tropical Popical and the National Gallery of Ireland are delighted to launch R E N A I L S S A N C E: an exhibition celebrating a yearlong creative partnership which saw TropPop responding to both the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions at the Gallery.

R E N A I L S S A N C E sees the Millennium Wing Studio transformed into a tropical paradise, featuring an Irish fashion showcase from stylist and creative director Aisling Farinella and fashion photographer Eilish McCormick; detailed images of the multiple artistic responses; mixed media installations; real nail art, and more! 

The seeds for this collaboration began in 2017, when the Gallery’s Education team connected with Tropical Popical on the internationally renowned exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry. The result was ‘Dutch Golden Details’—a contemporary response to the seventeenth-century masterpieces, which created wearable art, provoked dialogue around high and low art forms, and connected new audiences with both the Gallery and TropPop. The relationship bloomed and, in June 2018, a yearlong creative partnership was announced. The partnership was designed to make collections and exhibitions more accessible, for historic artworks to provide rich inspiration for new creative practices, and to continue the conversation on culture, critique, aesthetics and taste. 

The seeds for this collaboration began in 2017, when the Gallery’s Education team connected with Tropical Popical on the internationally renowned exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry. The result was ‘Dutch Golden Details’—a contemporary response to the seventeenth-century masterpieces, which created wearable art, provoked dialogue around high and low art forms, and connected new audiences with both the Gallery and TropPop. The relationship bloomed and, in June 2018, a yearlong creative partnership was announced. The partnership was designed to make collections and exhibitions more accessible, for historic artworks to provide rich inspiration for new creative practices, and to continue the conversation on culture, critique, aesthetics and taste. 

A full public programme of activities and events, to support R E N A I L S S A N C E, has been devised for all ages and abilities. Including live fine art printing and wearable art creation by dynamic design duo Jill & Gill; nail art classes for kids and adults; a very special evening event with contributors from the international world of fashion; talks, tours and workshops–there is something for everyone. Plus, for the duration of the display, the dreamboat Tropical Popical team will work live in the Gallery, on selected days, doing what they do best… utilizing the smallest of canvases to bring art to everyone’s fingertips. 

R E N A I L S S A N C E and the accompanying public programme are co-curated by Andrea Horan, CEO, Tropical Popical & Sinéad Rice, Head of Education, National Gallery of Ireland.

All events (apart from nail art appointments) are free to attend and those that require registration can be done on the National Gallery website – https://www.nationalgallery.ie/

To book in to have R E N A I L S S A N C E nail art applied in the exhibition space in the National Gallery, email hello@tropicalpopical.com with R E N A I L S S A N C E in the subject.  All artwork is done in gel polish to ensure maximum longevity.


Price list

1 hour nail art €80

2 hour nail art €120

3 hour nail art €150

1 hour nail art with mini mani (90 mins) €90

2 hour nail art with mini mani (150 mins) €130

3 hour nail art with mini mani (210 mins) €160


Dates

July
20th 10am – 5pm
26th 10am – 5pm

August
8th 12pm – 8pm
17th 10am – 5pm
22nd 12pm – 8pm
25th 11am – 5pm
29th 12pm – 8pm

September
5th 12pm – 8pm

For bookings contact: TropPopxNatGal@gmail.com


Photography – Eilish McCormick
Photography Assistant – James Farrell
Stylist – Aisling Farinella
Stylist Assistant – Shaylyn Gilheaney
Work Experience – Anthony O’Connor Nail Artist Maggie O’Donovan & Rebecca McParland @ Tropical Popical Makeup – Sarah Lanagan
Set Design – Ciara O’Donovan
Designers – Simone Rocha, Richard Malone, Aideen Gaynor, Colin Horgan, Izzy O’Neill
Hand shots – Therese Rafter

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