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Culture Club: June 2018

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We hope you can join us for a busy June with lots of cultural venues to explore. Discover the 77 women of Richmond Barracks, see a new city through the sketches of Dublin in the National Gallery of Ireland’s exhibition and reminisce about daily life in rural Ireland with the National Museum of Ireland with Culture Club.

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Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane: 1 June, 10.30am, Exhibition ‘Keeper’

Friday Agreement—a major milestone in the evolution of peace in Northern Ireland—Keeper presents artist Amanda Dunsmore’s social and political portraits that reflect specific points in history from the late nineteenth century to the present day. The artist’s methodology is grounded in her interest in issues of social and political change and this body of work stems from her time as artist in residence at The Maze and Long Kesh Prison from 1998.

Dunsmore’s exhibition includes silent, 20-minute video portraits of key political figures involved in the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, providing unique new perspectives on familiar, high-profile figures. These include John Hume and David Trimble, who were jointly awarded The Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 “for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland”, and whose portraits will be exhibited for the first time at The Hugh Lane.

Richmond Barracks: 7 June, 2.00pm, ‘77 women of Richmond Barracks 1916′  

Using the Commemorative Quilt and touch screens as a guide, find out more about the 77 Women held in Richmond Barracks following the 1916 Rising.  Tour guide Liz Gillis will enlighten us on the fate of these strong women, many of whom went on to take part in the War of Independence and the Civil War.


Chester Beatty Library: 12 June, 2.30pm, ‘Miniature Masterpiece: the Coëtivy Hours’

A masterpiece of fifteenth-century illumination, the Coëtivy Hours is one of the treasures of the Library’s Western Collection.

Produced in Paris (1443-1445) for Prigent de Coëtivy, Admiral of France, to celebrate his marriage to Marie de Rais. The core text of the Coëtivy is a collection of prayers (Hours of the Virgin) simplified and adopted for private use. It is replete with 148 miniature illuminations and decorative borders, painted in demi-grisaille and enlivened with accents of colour and gold. This miniature masterpiece is attributed to the workshop of the Dunois Master.

To celebrate the 50th-anniversary of Chester Beatty’s Gift to the Nation, we are delighted to highlight a manuscript given to Chester by his loving wife Edith.


National Gallery of Ireland: 14 June, 5.00pm, Drawing Dublin

Dublin has famously inspired writers including Louis MacNeice, whose poem ‘Dublin’ evokes the city of the 1940s. The city and surrounding countryside has inspired many visual artists as well. This exhibition of works on paper is drawn from the Gallery’s own collection, which includes a wealth of Dublin-related images in a wide variety of media. Landscapes, figure studies and portraits will be arranged in the Print Gallery’s newly refurbished display cases, depicting how Dublin was interpreted by artists over the centuries.


Frank Bowling, Moby Dick, 1981. Acrylic on canvas 250.5 x 189 cm 98 5/8 x 74 3/8 in. Courtesy of Frank Bowling and Hales London, New York © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

IMMA, 19 June, 10.30am, ‘Frank Bowling, Mappa Mundi’

IMMA presents Mappa Mundi, a comprehensive overview of the work of seminal British artist Frank Bowling (b. British Guiana, 1934).

Over a long and varied career, the evolution of Bowling’s work can be seen as a reflection of a major evolution in painting throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Coming out of the fertile grounds of the Royal College of Art in the mid 1960s Bowling, along with contemporaries like David Hockney and Ron Kitaj, exhibited widely in London and the UK, garnering acclaim for ambitious early works such as The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots, and Big Bird. Though previously not as widely celebrated as some of those friends and contemporaries, Bowling is now considered an essential figure in the discourse around art, identity and post-colonialism.

National Archives of Ireland: 21 June, 11.00am,  ‘Ireland’s Built Heritage’

The theme of the Culture Club visit to the National Archives of Ireland on 21 June will focus on Ireland’s built heritage, using maps, plans and drawings from the OPW and Ordnance Survey collections to bring some iconic buildings nationwide to life.

National Library of Ireland: 25 June, 2.00pm, ‘The National Library’s History & Heritage’

Join us to explore the Library’s rich architectural history and heritage. The tour begins in the main hall of the Library and includes a visit to the Library’s iconic reading room.

Portrait of Michael in colour
Dublin City Library & Archive: 27 June, 10.30am, ‘Aspects of Mícheál: Mac Liammóir and the Dublin Gate Theatre’

Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Join us for our very first Culture Club in the Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse St to hear charming stories on the exhibition ‘Aspects of Mícheál: Mac Liammóir and the Dublin Gate Theatre’. Founded in 1928 by Mícheál Mac Liammóir and Hilton Edwards, the Gate Theatre marks its 90th anniversary this year.   As part of the Decade of Commemorations, Dublin City Library & Archive has devised an exhibition from its own collections to celebrate both men, who at the end of their careers received the Honorary Freedom of Dublin.  Mícheál was prodigiously talented as an actor, playwright, set and costume designer, graphic designer and as a fluent speaker of the Irish language, while Hilton was also an actor and a first-rate director. 

National Museum of Ireland: 29 June, 11.30am, ‘Life in a Rural Irish Home’

What was life like in rural Irish homes before electrification? Join curator, Rosa Meehan for a visit to the Irish Country Furniture Gallery [part of the Irish Folklore Collection] to explore, and perhaps reminisce, about daily life in rural Ireland. See examples of everyday furniture and small objects as you immerse yourself in life in the past lane.

For anyone that’s new to Culture Club, here’s how it 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.

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