The Cowshed Theatre

A Unique Space

Exhibitions, Events, and Education

The Cowshed is a unique space for independent artists and performers to showcase their work. The Cowshed is an ideal rustic, freeform space located in the Farmleigh Estate farmyard. With the Farmleigh horses, cows, and donkeys as neighbours, it is definitely a unique gallery experience!

If you wish to enquire about use of the Cowshed please email farmleighguides@opw.ie.

*Image courtesy of Elaine Riordan / Ceramics Ireland

What’s On

See the full calendar of events at Farmleigh here.

Dublin, Then & Now. Celebrating 150 Years : The Dublin Painting and Sketching Club

4th – 19th of May, 11am – 4pm. Closing 2pm on Sunday 19th May

For a century and a half, “Dublin: Then and Now” has been a subject often visited for artistic inspiration by members of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club. This theme will once again be explored in our latest exhibition, taking place at the Cowshed Gallery, Farmleigh from the 4th to the 19th of May 2024.

Since its inception in 1874, Dublin Painting and Sketching Club’s artists have drawn from the vibrant landscapes, bustling streets, seascapes, and the inhabitants of Dublin and the surrounding areas. This exhibition will not only honour this rich tradition but also bridge past and present, connecting today’s artist members with the club’s visionary founders.

From its beginnings in Westland Row, the club has grown from a small but distinguished gathering to a much larger and vibrant community of artists. Our annual exhibitions, initiated in 1875, have showcased over 5,000 paintings, with more than 200 works held the National Gallery of Ireland. The club boasts 88 active members who continue to share their vision in the Club’s annual exhibition held at the iconic Town Hall Space, 1 Windmill Lane, Dublin, 2, a stone’s throw from its original meeting place in 1874.

To mark our 150th anniversary, a series of special events, including exhibitions, lectures, plein air painting sessions, and social gatherings are underway. The festivities began with a reception at the Mansion House in February 2024. Hosted by Lord Mayor Dathaí de Róiste, a new “Concise History of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club” was unveiled and presented to the Lard Mayor.

The celebrations continued with “Shorelines,” an exhibition which took place in March 2024. Held in Dublin Port’s renovated Substation building and sponsored by the Dublin Port Company, this proved to be a very popular and successful exhibition. Showcasing works based on the many coastal communities surrounding our capital city the Club has maintained a connection with the overall theme of earlier events.

We now present our latest exhibition entitled “Dublin: Then and Now” in which Club members will exhibit over 70 works that capture the evolving essence and enduring charm of Dublin and its environs. This exhibition at the Cowshed Gallery, Farmleigh, will run from May 4th to May 19th. Offering a unique opportunity to engage with the artists and their works, this event celebrates a legacy of creativity and community that spans 150 years.
Join us in this momentous year as we pay homage to the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to a future.

Notice for Painting & Sketching Club exhibition in The Cowshed Theatre featuring painting of Henry St Dublin featuring yellow tones

Saimdang. Her Garden, Rediscovered.

28th May – 8th June. 

Shin Saimdang is one of Korea’s most celebrated historical figures, renowned for her passion for art and learning. An artist during the Joseon Dynasty, she is known for her exquisite depictions of nature and daily life. Her work often features flowers, butterflies, animals,  and landscapes, showcasing her skill and pride as a female artist.

An upcoming exhibition in Ireland will feature reinterpretations of Shin Saimdang’s paintings by four Korean artists. Each artist brings their own unique approach, offering a fresh perspective to the Irish audience and underscoring Shin Saimdang’s significance in art history.

The painter in this exhibition blends traditional Korean techniques with Western painting styles to create contemporary works. She mixes traditional Korean ink with Western paints, offering a modern twist on classic landscapes, flowers, and butterflies.

The architect presents detailed blueprints of Shin Saimdang’s house, highlighting traditional Korean housing. This approach showcases the beauty and architectural intricacies of  traditional Korean design.

The illustrator crafts vibrant illustrations inspired by Shin Saimdang’s flowers and insects. Her work is bright and lively, reflecting the beauty of nature that Shin Saimdang cherished, with a unique and colorful twist.

The graphic designer combines traditional elements with digital media to create contemporary digital art and design, reinterpreting the artistic significance of Shin Saimdang.

This exhibition provides a chance to explore traditional and contemporary Korean art through the diverse perspectives of these artists, each offering new insights into Shin Saimdang’s artistic legacy. It’s a unique opportunity for art lovers in Ireland to immerse themselves in Korean culture and gain a deeper appreciation of its historical and artistic value.

The exhibition will be held from May 28 to June 8, 2024, at Cowshed Theatre. Experience the unique artwork of these four artists as they reimagine Shin Saimdang’s legacy.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Black poster with red & orange flowers advertising 'Saimdang, Her Garden Rediscovered' exhibition of Korean Art.