26th European Symposium & Exhibition

October 9th - 13th 2023 Dublin, Ireland

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Symposium & Exhibition

Our hosting of the 26th ECWS Symposium in Dublin, will, we trust, provide our guests with many cultural experiences. Though it is a small capital city it has a huge reputation as a multicultural, artistic city brimming with incredible architecture, beautiful green spaces, coffee houses, restaurants and bars made famous over the centuries by many artists, writers, poets and musicians. 

We have designed a Symposium Program that we hope will delight everyone and at the same time offer a glimpse at our city and some of what it has to offer. 

The associated events include visits to the Watercolour Society of Ireland’s annual exhibition at Farmleigh,* a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland, unique masterclasses, En Plein Air challenge, Urban Sketching event, a day out at the Botanical Gardens and a Gala Dinner.

There are many attractions all within the city’s footprint area and we include, for your convenience, a list of links which we hope will help you when planning your trip.

We look forward to welcoming you all in October. 

*Farmleigh has been the home of the WCSI annual exhibition for some years and we hope to welcome our guests at the Society’s annual 2023 exhibition which will be showing at the same time as the ECWS Exhibition and Symposium.

Jayne Barry

President of the Watercolour Society of Ireland


The City Assembly House, 58 William St S, Dublin 2, D02 X751.

The Irish Georgian Society, in partnership with Dublin City Council, has restored the City Assembly House, reinstating it as a cultural venue in the historic heart of the city. The immediate area was developed from 1671 by William Williams, a brewer, and is first illustrated in Rocque’s map of Dublin from 1756. Despite some late twentieth century interventions, the Georgian Street survives remarkably intact with its two great legacies comprising the City Assembly House and the adjoining Powerscourt Townhouse, which are set alongside one of the most complete surviving groupings of eighteenth-century merchants’ houses in the city.


Farmleigh House & Gardens

Farmleigh* is an estate situated in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, and provides accommodation for visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation. A historic house, it holds important collections, an art gallery, farm animals, and the official Irish State Guest House.

Home to the Guinness family for generations, Farmleigh remains a unique representation of the Edwardianperiod, and houses important artworks and furnishings, as well as the Benjamin Iveagh collection of rare books, bindings, and manuscripts.

The extensive grounds feature walled and sunken gardens and scenic lakeside walks. Join one of the knowledgeable guides for a tour of Farmleigh House that takes you from the eighteenth century right up to the present day.

At Farmleigh our visitors can enjoy the beautiful grand house and park where it’s herd of deer wander freely. There is also a restaurant offering tea/coffee and lunch with picturesque views over the lake. You may wish to linger awhile, so take your painting apparatus with you!

Presidents’ Meeting


The Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square East, Dublin 2. D02 VY60

The Irish Architectural Archive was established in 1976 to collect and preserve material of every kind relating to the architecture of the entire island of Ireland and make it available to the public.

As a cumulative body of material the holdings of the Archive represent the greatest single source of information on Ireland’s buildings and those who designed them.

The Irish Architectural Archive Architecture Gallery and first floor rooms are open from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Access is free.


Our volunteer members are already much regarded by art lovers as much as by their colleagues in The Watercolour Society of Ireland for their exceptional skills and artistry. They will demonstrate their distinctive manner of creativity and provide insights into how their work holds the admiration of the public and artists alike.

Mary Dillon
Irish Botanical Artist
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Róisín Curé
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Áine Divine
Artist RSW
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Agenda last updated 18th September 2023 and is subject to change. Please check regularly for the latest information.


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FRIDAY 13TH OCT Masterclass 3

Áine Divine

I am a portrait artist and art teacher. Originally from Co. Cork, I graduated in 1991 from the Crawford College of Art and Design and in 1995 gained a Higher Diploma in art teaching. Now living in Roslin, Midlothian I teach, paint, and I’m a mum to three wonderful girls.

I was shortlisted for the Irish National Portrait Award three years in a row and was an award winner in 1993. In 2005 I painted Mo Mowlam for BBC 1’s ‘Star Portraits’ and was delighted when she chose my portrait to keep. In 2007 I painted Olympic triple jumper, Jonathan Edwards and my commissioned portraits include footballers for the Hibernian Historical Society and winners of the British Open Golf Championship. I was a finalist in the Sky Arts portrait artist of the year award 2014, painting singer Neil Hannon in the first round, then a double portrait of Richard Dawkins and Sally Hitchner in the semi-final, RSC voice coach Cicely Berry, and Sir Ian McKellen in the final.


14.15 – 17.00

With: Áine Divine

Location: National Gallery

Important: Meet at the auditorium in the National Gallery 15 mins before the start of your masterclass.



Stay City Aparthotels

Two options: one on Mark Street and one City Centre.
Say you are there for the ECWS symposium and they should give a better rate

The Green Hotel

State that you are there for the ECWS symposium and you should get 10% off your room rate

THURSDAY 12th Oct Masterclass 2

Róisín Curé

Róisín Curé sketches what she sees, wherever she is, from the mundane to the magnificent, and everything in between. With her ears and eyes open, she immerses herself in the urban scene and creates a snippet of the world around her in words and pictures, with nothing more hi-tech than a fountain pen and a small box of watercolours.

Morning Workshop

10.00 – 12.30 (Group 1) 

With: Róisín Curé

Location: Farmleigh

Important: Meet up at 15 mins before the start of your masterclass.

Afternoon Workshop

13.30 – 16.00 (Group 2) 

With: Róisín Curé

Location: Farmleigh

Important: Meet up at 15 mins before the start of your masterclass.

MONDAY 9th OCTOBER Masterclass 1

Mary Dillon

Mary Dillon is an Irish botanical artist. Preferring to work in large format: Mary enjoys capturing the essence of a plant with its sensuality and frailty. Colour, light and form fascinate her. Mary has a particular fascination with botanical art as a personal process for the artist while at the same time striving for excellence in her art practice.

Morning Workshop

11.00 – 13.00 (Group 1) 

With: Mary Dillon

Location: Botanic Gardens

Important: Meet up at the cafe in the Botanic Gardens 15 mins before the start of your masterclass.

Afternoon Workshop

14.00 – 16.00 (Group 2) 

With: Mary Dillon

Location: Botanic Gardens

Important: Meet up at the cafe in the Botanic Gardens 15 mins before the start of your masterclass.