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About The Exhibition

Sculpture in Context is a pivotal event in the Irish arts calendar and as the longest running, largest and most important sculpture exhibition in the country, the annual exhibition attracts a large public and critical audience and is the cultural highlight of the National Botanic Gardens calendar. In 2022 Sculpture in Context celebrates 38 years exhibiting and promoting sculpture in Ireland and 22 years exhibiting in the National Botanic Gardens.

Bringing together the work of over 140 artists using an incredible range of media these works of art represent the richly diverse character of Irish and International contemporary sculpture today. From the smallest, most intricate ceramic works to stone sculptures of a monumental scale, visitors to the exhibition will be enriched by the experience of viewing such inspiring works in one location.


The artistic integrity and technical skill involved in creating the works is evident throughout and highlights the breadth and depth of artistic talent and skill in Ireland today.

Sculpture receives a spectacular presentation in the National Botanic Gardens and throughout the 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds you will discover sculpture in the most unexpected and surprising places. The National Botanic Gardens were founded in 1795 by the Royal Dublin Society and are now operated and managed by the Office of Public Works.

The Gardens contain important collections of plant species and cultivars from all over the world and are famous for the exquisitely restored historic glasshouses.