A French artist is set to paint two of Dublin’s abandoned and derelict buildings in a bid to raise funds to repair them.
Décisionnels first-time painter and author, Emmanuel Lévi-Léonard, is hoping to raise €100,000 for the repair of the GAA Club at the National Theatre, as well as other buildings that were damaged during the 2010 flooding, according to a press release issued by the artist’s agent, Pascal Leblanc.
The painter will paint the former GAA club at the Theatre in March next year, along with the Gage House on the corner of Notre Dame Street and Castle Street.
Mr Leblac said that the artist was also working on the National Arts Centre, where the Art Institute of Ireland, the National Library and the Gaitrean Art Gallery are housed.
Mr Léivionard is a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Paris and currently works in the arts in Lyon.
The National Arts Center was damaged in a flood in 2010, which left it largely unusable.
The centre’s director, Peter Cavanagh, said the museum had only been open for a few months and had already begun the process of rebuilding the building.
The GAA is located in the historic city centre on the banks of the Dingle River.
The Arts Council of Ireland has said that work to reopen the building will be carried out by local contractors, but that the building’s heritage status is « unclear ».