SKIN, a new exhibition at the RHA Charles Gallagher Gallery in Dublin, has been organised to coincide with the public launch of the Irish Skin Foundation. A series of public lectures will take place over the course of the exhibition which ends on 28 April 2013.

Introducing the Irish Skin Foundation to the public through the medium of art has been motivated by a number of factors. Skin is the most painted, the most photographed and the most sculpted organ of the body. But perhaps the most remarkable function of skin is its fundamental role in shaping how we feel about ourselves and others, its role in the making of our personalities. Our skin not only moulds our bodies, it shapes our personas. Diseased skin can act as an inhibitory barrier, whereas beautiful skin can be an enticing interface between the microcosm of self and the macrocosm of the world.

The exhibition, SKIN – an artistic atlas, curated by the Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Patrick T. Murphy, touches on some of the most dominant themes that skin invokes, such as race, gender, age, decay, disease, texture, identity, eroticism, race, adornment and display. Ranging through photography, painting and video it promises to be a challenging and stimulating exhibition.

Among the artists included are John Coplans, Robert Ballagh, Andres Serrano, Sigalit Landau, Jeanne Silverthorne, Jessica Robbins, Gwen Hardie, Marlene Dumas, Barrie Cooke, Dorothy Cross, Phillip Pearlstein, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nicholas Nixon, Hannah Wilke, Cara Phillips, Cecily Brennan, Byron Kim, Mary Kelly, Ariana Page Russell, Shirin Neshat, Spencer Tunick, Dennis Oppenheim and works by J. Connolly and W. Kirwan from the Wallace Collection, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

This exhibition is made possible through the support of the Irish Skin Foundation.

For more information please visit the RHA website:

Public Lectures

The Irish Skin Foundation has organised a series of public lectures during the six-week period of the exhibition:

Tues 19 March, 6 to 7.30 pm – Corrigan Hall, Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin Human
Skin: Naked, Sweaty, Colourful, and Decorated.
Chairman: Dr. Patrick Ormond.
Lecturer: Professor Nina Jablonski, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology,
Pennsylvania State University.

Tues 26 March, 6 to 7 pm – Royal Hibernian Academy.
Byron Kim, an artist from the SKIN exhibition, discusses his practice

Wed 27 March, 6 to 7 pm – Royal Hibernian Academy.
Your skin and the sun
Chairman: Professor Louise Barnes.
Lecturer: Dr. Patrick Ormond, Consultant Dermatological & mohs Micrographic Surgeon
at St James’s Hospital, Dublin.

Wed 03 April, 6 to 7.30 pm – Corrigan Hall, Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin.
Skin and colour – a tale of art and physiology
Chairman: Professor Frank Powell.
Lecturer: Professor Erwin Tschachler, Professor of Dermatology and Venereology
at the Department of Dermatology, Vienna Medical University, Vienna, Austria.

Wed 10 April, 6 to 7 pm – Royal Hibernian Academy
Childhood Eczema: Recent Advances and Patient Perspectives
Chairman: Ms Jeanette Brazel.
Lecturer: Professor Alan Irvine, Associate Professor/Consultant Dermatologist
Clinical Medicine Trinity Centre, St. James’s Hospital.

Wed 17 April, 6 to 7 pm – Royal Hibernian Academy
Psoriasis in 2013
Chairman: Professor Sarah Rogers.
Lecturer: Professor Brian Kirby, Consultant Dermatologist,
St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.

Wed 24 April, 6 to 7 pm – Royal Hibernian Academy
A Century of Progress and Promise
Chairman: Mr. Peter O’Flanagan.
Lecturer: Professor Eoin O’Brien, Chairman, Irish Skin Foundation.


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