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November Culture Clubs 2018

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November is our busiest month yet with thirteen different Culture Club tours for you to join in on!

Culture Club connects people to museums, galleries, libraries and other cultural venues. Join us for an exhibition tour by a guide, followed by complimentary tea, coffee and chats. It’s easy to join in – simply book your free place via one of the options below and discover all that Dublin has to offer in a fun and easy way!
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Dublin City Gallery Hugh Lane: Friday 2nd Nov, 10.30am ‘Women Artists in the Hugh Lane Collection’


This culture club visit with Sarah Dunne-O’Connell, we will focus on women artists in the Hugh Lane’s collection.

In collaboration with Dublin’s Culture Connects, the Gallery’s First Friday Culture Club offers the opportunity for engaging with the Gallery’s education, collection, conservation and temporary exhibitions programmes in a fun and relaxed way.

Coach House, Dublin Castle: Monday 5th Nov, 2.00pm ‘100 Years of Women in Irish Politics’
A hundred years ago women in Ireland (then part of the UK) got the vote. To mark a century of women’s subsequent involvement in politics and public life Dublin Castle is hosting a special exhibition in the Coach House. Please note as the exhibition is not officially open yet, the tour will consist of an overview presentation of the exhibition.

Dublin City Hall: Wednesday 7th Nov, 11.00am ‘History of a City’


Learn about the fascinating history of Dublin’s historic City Hall from its early days as the Royal Exchange in the late 18th century, its role in Ireland’s Revolution from 1916-1922, and its restoration in 1998 by Dublin City Council.

14 Henrietta Street: Friday 9th Nov, 10:30am ‘Georgian Beginnings’
Dating from the 1720s, Henrietta Street in Dublin’s North inner city is the most intact collection of early to mid-18th century aristocratic townhouses in Ireland. Discover the Georgian beginnings of 14 Henrietta Street and the family the family that first occupied the house.


Chester Beatty: Tuesday 13th Nov 2.30pm ‘The Art of Imperial China’

Discover some of China’s finest decorative arts in this tour of the Chester Beatty’s beautiful collection of art from Imperial China.

National Gallery of Ireland: Thursday 15th Nov, 5pm ‘Zurich Portrait Prize’
O_Neill_1500wMandy O’Neill \ Winner of the Zurich Portrait Prize 2018
Diane, Larkin Community College, 2018
Photograph, 80 x 60 cm

This is the fifth year of the National Gallery of Ireland’s annual portrait prize competition showcasing contemporary portraiture. The competition attracts entries from across the island of Ireland, and from Irish artists living abroad. One artist receives a prize of €15,000 and a commission worth €5,000 to produce a new work for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection. Two additional prizes of €1,500 will be awarded to highly commended works by the  2018 judging panel.

National Museum of Ireland Kildare Street: Friday 16th Nov, 11:30am ‘Excavations & Artefacts from the Monastic Complex at Glendalough’

The cluster of eleventh to twelfth century iconic churches, centred on the two lakes at Glendalough, is the epitome of a major Irish ecclesiastical site. Despite this we know little of what the settlement looked like and how it changed over time? What do artefacts tell us about the lives of the people who used the site? Archaeology is the key to understanding more about the origins and development. This talk will focus in particular on the results of excavations undertaken by the School of Archaeology, UCD, led by Dr. Graeme Warren, Conor McDermott and Matt Seaver, Assistant Keeper, National Museum of Ireland.


Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street: Monday 19th Nov, 10:30am ‘The Peace at Home? Dublin after the First World War’
Dr Mary Clark will talk about the impact of the First World War on the city and people of Dublin.

IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art): Tuesday 20th Nov, 10:30am ‘Mary Swanzy: Modern Master’
Mary Swanzy (1882-1978) is a unique Irish artist. Her level of achievement, world travel and original thinking is unmatched in Irish art, yet this is the first retrospective of her work in 50 years. Born in the late Victorian era, by her early twenties Swanzy had mastered the academic style of painting. She witnessed the birth of Modern art in Paris before the First World War and her work rapidly evolved through the different styles of the day, each of them interpreted and transformed by her in a highly personal way. This IMMA initiated exhibition aims to reintroduce audiences to this artist’s extraordinary achievements and reinstate her as a Modern Irish Master.

The exhibition is presented as part of the IMMA Modern Irish Masters Series.


Richmond Barracks: Thursday 22nd Nov, 11:00am  ‘Tour of Richmond Barracks’
Set in the historic Richmond Barracks – within whose walls over 3,000 Irish rebels were held – the tour will trace the story of the site from military barracks to housing estate and from school, to exhibition centre.

Join us and discover this lost chapter of Kilmainham’s and Inchicore’s history in the heart of Dublin.

National Library of Ireland, 2-3 Kildare St: Monday 26th Nov, 2:00pm, ‘Tour of World War Ireland:Exploring the Irish Experience’
World War Ireland is a free exhibition at the National Library of Ireland that focuses on the unique aspects of the Irish WWI experience. Running from November 2014 through to 2018, the exhibition draws on the NLI’s collections of letters, diaries, recruiting posters, newspaper reports, cartoons, handbills and leaflets dating from 1914-1918.

With original artefacts, first hand personal accounts and eyewitness testimony, World War Ireland brings visitors dramatically inside the lives of those who experienced WWI.

National Archives of Ireland: Wednesday 28th Nov, 11:00am ‘Digitising in the National Archives’
Join us for this Culture Club to learn about the work being carried out by the National Archives of Ireland in digitising their collection to make it more widely accessible to the public.

National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks: Friday 30th Nov, 11:30am ‘Changing Roles in Women in 1918’

November’s Culture Club will be led by Dr. Edith Andrees in the Soldiers & Chiefs and Recovered Voices exhibitions to discover more about the changing roles of women, and men, in the early 20th century.




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