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Culture Club September 2018

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Places are filling up fast this September as Culture Club continues to grow and we are also in the Dublin Festival of History programme. To make sure you don’t miss out book your place with Shauna by email We hope you can join us!


‘DOING THEIR BIT: Irish Women and the First World War’
Dublin City Hall, Wednesday 5th September, 11.00am

Drawing on the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive and other materials held at Dublin City Library and Archive, this exhibition explores different aspects of women’s experiences during the First World War. From stories of munitions factory workers, volunteer groups, nurses, separation women and those involved in the anti-conscription movement, the exhibition shows how war-time experiences accelerated changes which had been slowly taking place in Irish society before the outbreak of war.

‘Doireann O’Malley: Prototypes’
Hugh Lane Gallery, Friday 7th September, 10.30am

Prototypes is a multi-screen film installation by Berlin-based Irish artist Doireann O’Malley. The combination of film, CGI (computer-generated imagery) and Virtual Reality which O’Malley is developing in relation to the construction of trans bodies and subjectivities is an interesting layering of contemporary forms and complex identities in the digital age.

‘Islamic Illustration’
Chester Beatty, Tuesday 11th September, 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.

‘Two hundred years of the Mendicity Institute’
Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse St: Monday 17 September, 10.30am

The Mendicity Institution is the oldest working charity in Dublin. Established in 1818, it has been in operation for nearly 200 years creating opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, isolation and marginalization to live better lives. Discover more about the Mendicity Institution in this Culture Club tour at Pearse St.

‘Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Sunset – Sunrise’
IMMA: Tuesday 18 September, 10.30am

IMMA is delighted to present Sunset, Sunrise, a retrospective exhibition of works by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. With a career spanning more than six decades, Farmanfarmaian is one of the most prominent contemporary Iranian artists working today. Farmanfarmaian was born in Qazvin, Iran in 1924. Between 1945 and 1957, she spent her formative years amidst the New York art scene, a time marked by friendships with fellow artists such as Frank Stella and Andy Warhol, before returning to Iran. Exiled following the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Farmanfarmaian returned once again to her native Iran and has been firmly re-established there since 2004. Farmanfarmaian is considered to be one of the most important Iranian artists working today.

‘Goldenbridge Cemetery: The First Garden Cemetery in Ireland’
Richmond Barracks: Thursday 20 September, 11.00am

This Culture Club tour of Richmond Barracks will include a tour of the first non-denominational cemetery in Ireland, founded by Daniel O’Connell in 1828. Visitors will walk in an unspoilt garden cemetery, learn about the vaults, the watchmen with guard dogs, the story of bodysnatching, visit the grave of two former Taoisigh, an eight year old boy’s grave (killed a result of a bullet wound in the 1916 Rising) and an Irish rugby international player’s grave who was member of the 1896 Lions tour to South Africa.

‘Testamentary records in the National Archives’
National Archives of Ireland: Wednesday 26 September, 11.00am

Wills and testamentary records are of assistance to genealogists as evidence of the date of a person’s death and for other information which they may contain concerning the dead person’s family, place of residence and property. Discover some of the records held in the National Archives’ collection.

‘Leabhar na hAiséirghe, (Book of the Resurrection)’
National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks: Friday 28 September, 11.30am

Culture Club returns to the Proclaiming a Republic exhibition, but this time in the company of curator Sandra Heise to hear the fascinating story of ‘Leabhar na hAiséirghe’, ‘Book of the Resurrection’, which was created by the artist Art Ó Murnaghan between 1924 and 1952.

Every Culture Club is FREE and open to all. All you have to do is book your place by emailing Shauna at We hope you can join us for some of the exciting Culture Clubs in September!




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