The beloved Dublin nail bar Tropical Popical has announced an exciting new pop-up.
Renowned for its miniature works of art on its clients nails has once again joined forces with The National Gallery of Ireland, and this time the partnership will span an entire year.
The collaboration, which will run from June 2018 – June 2019, follows on from the success of a partnership for the Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry exhibition during the reopening of the refurbished National Gallery.
The ‘TropPopettes’ will be in situ at the new ‘Thursday Lates’ series of monthly events within the Gallery recreating these one-of-a-kind pieces of art on art lover’s nails.
A series of original nail art designs will be created by the artists in Tropical Popical inspired by the Gallery’s 2018/2019 exhibitions.
Think the exotic plants and animals of Curious Creatures – Frans Post & Brazil; the lush French landscapes of Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns all expressed through the contemporary medium of nail art.
The first event kicks off with Summer Solstice on the 21st June and the mini artworks will also be available from the nail bar on South William Street for the month.
In June 2019 all the nail art created for the duration of the partnership will be showcased in an exhibition in in the Millennium Wing Studio.
The accompanying programme of events will be coordinated by Head of Education Sinead Rice and Founder of Tropical Popical Andrea Horan, and we can expect a podcast too.
Speaking on the partnership Andrea Horan, Founder of Tropical Popical and #WomenWeLove interviewee, said:
“We’ve always worked at pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved as an independent, community focused business, and this partnership brings those elements together elegantly.”
“Working with the National Gallery allows us to work on bridging the gap between often highbrow, academic works and new audiences through a medium that is fleeting, durational, fun and surprising.”
“Art is the very essence of what we do every day, albeit on a tiny canvas, so access to such a vast and rich collection of art is extremely seductive.”
Photos: Tony Maxwell © Maxwell Photography