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Culture Club: August

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This August, there’s lots to explore across Dublin and best of all IT’S FREE! As Culture Club grows in popularity and size all we ask is that everyone books their free place so that we know how many to expect for a cuppa, a chat and shared curiosities.

Here’s how Culture Club works: a Dublin’s Culture Connects Project Manager accompanies groups and individuals from all over Dublin to a range of cultural venues throughout the year, including museums, galleries and libraries. Culture Club begins with a tour of an exhibition, given by a tour guide (often the curator of the exhibition), and ends with a Tea & Chats session. Our Tea & Chats are facilitated discussions where people get the opportunity to reflect on their experience, learn from and connect with one another. Every Culture Club is FREE and open to all.

Email to join-in on all the fun!

Suffragist City: Women and the Vote in Dublin
Dublin City Hall, 1st August, 11.00am


In February 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed and women who were over 30 years of age were finally allowed to vote. Eleven months later, the voters of Dublin elected Constance Markievicz, the first woman to win a seat at Westminster. Suffragism was the conviction that votes should be extended to women. By the early years of the twentieth century, the suffrage campaign had gained sufficient momentum to be regularly debated in parliament. The 1910s was a decade of great social and political turbulence.

The Home Rule crisis, labour unrest, the outbreak of the First World War, and the Easter Rising splintered the cosy certainties of the British Empire. The cause of suffragism added to the tumult as women asserted their political rights. Suffragists in Ireland endured ridicule, assault, and imprisonment in their quest for social justice but 1918 was their year of victory. This exhibition tells their story.


‘Islam’ with Brian O’Neill
Chester Beatty, 7th August, 2.30pm

The Islamic Collections in the Chester Beatty are amongst the finest in existence and are internationally renowned for the overall high quality and scope of the material. The manuscripts that comprise the collections range in date from the eighth century to the early years of the twentieth century.

They derive primarily – though not exclusively – from the Arab world, Iran, Turkey and India, and include some of the greatest documents of Islamic art and culture. Together they illustrate in exquisite form and detail the history and development of all aspects of the Islamic book: calligraphy, illumination, miniature painting and bookbinding.

[In]Visible: Irish Women Artists from the Archives
National Gallery of Ireland, 9th August, 5.00pm
aaYeats Dun Emer Crafts

Letters, scrapbooks, photographs, and art materials will shed light on the education, career and recognition of artists such as Mary Swanzy, Sarah Purser, Mainie Jellett, Elizabeth Corbet Yeats and Evie Hone. The exhibition showcases archival material related to Irish women artists, drawn from the collection of the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, marking the start of the digitisation project Source—an ambitious three-year project to catalogue the Gallery’s archive and library collections relating to Irish art, and make them accessible online.

‘Andrea Geyer, When We’
IMMA, 14th August, 10.30am
IMMA is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in Ireland by German-American artist Andrea Geyer. When We features several recent works by Geyer as well as the new immersive work Collective Weave (Ireland), 2018, commissioned by IMMA for this exhibition.

Geyer’s work provokes a radical re-thinking of time. She studies our present by charting histories through a de-familiarizing, transgressive, feminist lens. The resulting works invite a viewer to re-think, re-enact and re-imagine their relationship to past time and how it informs the way they experience the present.

‘Music at Richmond Barracks’
Richmond Barracks, 16th August, 11.00am
Travel back in time and let music tell the history of Richmond Barracks. Topics include:

  • British Military History
  • Events of 1916
  • Francis Ledwidge
  • St Michael’s CBS
  • Social History

Local musicians Bernie Tynan and Tony Casey, will both enlighten and delight you, with music of a bygone age. Singing songs such as The Minstrel Boy, It’s a long way to Tipperary, The Foggy Dew, and many more…..

A unique way to learn about the extraordinary history of Richmond Barracks and the surrounding area.

‘Battle of the Somme Exhibition’
Dublin City Library & Archive, 20th August, 10.30am


Join curator Ellen Murphy to hear more about the Battle of The Somme in 1916. Don’t miss this tour of the exhibition which is on for only a short time in the City Library & Archive.

‘Conservation at NLI’
National Library of Ireland, 27th August, 2.00pm

The Conservation Department works to preserve and conserve the collections of the National Library of Ireland. Conservation aims to prolong the life and accessibility of collections through interventive treatments, which improve the physical, chemical and often visual condition of an object. Join us for this special talk to hear how the National Library works to reduce damage to some of it’s wonderful objects.

‘Silver in Georgian Ireland’
National Museum of Ireland, 31st August, 11.30am

This talk, by Dr. Alison FitzGerald, will consider the demand for silver goods in Georgian Ireland from the perspectives of makers, retailers and consumers, investigating how changing fashions in dress, dining and elite sociability influenced the sort of silver objects, which were in demand. It will discuss the practical and symbolic uses of silverware, using artefacts from the NMI’s collection along with evidence from contemporary guild accounts, letters, cookery books and diaries to consider what these objects meant to those who bought, sold and coveted them during the period.

Every Culture Club is FREE and open to all.

Email to join-in on all the fun! See what we have coming up in September for Culture Club HERE.



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