We have a jam-packed October ahead with four new locations to visit as part of the Culture Club programme. 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 Hall: 2 Dame St, Dublin 2
Wednesday 3rd Oct, 11.00am ‘History of a City’
As part of the Festival of History, 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.
Dublin City Gallery Hugh Lane: Parnell Square N, Dublin 1
Friday 5th Oct, 10.30am ‘Mr and Mrs Thomas Haslam by Sarah Cecilia Harrison’
During this Culture Club visit with Anne Cormican, we will be looking at social, cultural and artistic innovators represented in the Gallery’s collection.
Chester Beatty: Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
Tuesday 9th Oct, 2.30pm ‘The Art of Edo Japan’
Discover some of Japan’s finest decorative arts, dated to the Edo period (about 1600-1868), in this tour of the Chester Beatty’s collection focusing on Japanese art.
National Gallery of Ireland: Millennium Wing Entrance, Clare St, Dublin
Thursday 11th Oct, 5pm ‘Curious Creatures: Frans Post and Brazil’
In 1636 the artist Frans Post (1612–80) travelled to Brazil under the patronage of Governor Johan Maurits of Nassau. At this time, a large area of north-eastern Brazil was a Dutch colony. Post spent seven years drawing the exotic flora and fauna of Brazil. The country continued to inspire him when he returned to the Netherlands in 1644. Recently discovered at the Noord-Hollands Archief in Haarlem, 34 coloured drawings of exotic animals will be complemented by the National Gallery of Ireland’s magnificent, Brazilian Landscape with a Sugar Mill by Post. The exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to view a remarkable group of drawings by a Dutch seventeenth-century artist together with some of his important painted Brazilian views.
Leinster House: Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Monday 15th Oct, 3:30pm ‘Votail 100’
In 2018, the Houses of the Oireachtas commemorates the 100th anniversary of the parliamentary vote for women in Ireland. The Vótáil 100 exhibition, entitled Votes for Women: Suffrage and Citizenship is a collection of artefacts, images and ephemera includeing the banner of the Irishwomen’s Franchise League, which was established 110 years ago. The exhibition tells the story of the campaign for votes for women in Ireland.
IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art): Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Tuesday 16th Oct, 10:30am ‘Freud Project, Gaze’
An extraordinary resource of 52 works by Lucian Freud has become part of the IMMA National Collection until 2021. During this unique five-year project, IMMA will present a series of different and exclusive Lucian Freud related exhibitions each year. This new exhibition, Gaze, explores the representation of the body in its many guises through an examination of Freud’s practice in the context of other artists represented in the IMMA Collection.
Richmond Barracks: Off Bulfin Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8
Thursday 18th Oct, 11:00am ‘You never saw such excitement: the 1918 election of Countess Marcievicz’
The new exhibition, which is an addition to the permanent exhibition at Richmond Barracks, focuses on the two year period from the release of Constance Markievicz from Aylesbury Prison in June 1917 to her appointment as Minister for Labour in the First Dáil in April 1919, with particular emphasis on her election campaign and those that campaigned for her. The exhibition brings into sharp focus how many of the challenges faced by women campaigners one hundred years ago, remain relevant as contemporary challenges to women seeking representation today.
National Museum of Ireland Kildare Street: Dublin 2
Friday 19th Oct, 11:30am ‘Women in Medieval & Viking Ireland’
Come to the National Museum’s Archaeology department for a tour of their collection highlighting the lives of women in Ireland. Find out from the artefacts and stories in the Museum’s collection all about the life of women from the Early Christian period through to the Later Medieval era in Ireland on this special tour.
Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street
Monday 22nd Oct, 10:30am ‘Display of original documents in the reading room with Dr Mary Clark’
Archivist of Dublin City Library and Archive, Dr Mary Clark will guide the group through some of the rare and wonderful original documents currently in the Library and Archive’s collection.
A National Library of Ireland exhibition at Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, College Green – entrance via Westmoreland Street
Monday 22nd Oct, 2:00pm ‘Seamus Heaney’
A partnership project between the NLI, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Bank of Ireland, the exhibition draws on the National Library’s extensive archive of Heaney documents and features Heaney’s original manuscripts as well as letters, unpublished works, diary entries, photographs, note books, and multi-media recordings.
National Archives of Ireland: Bishop Street, Dublin 8
Wednesday 31st Oct, 11:00am ‘Accommodating the past in the future – building for the National Archive’.
Explore the National Archives in this guided tour and hear how the NAI occupies a key position in the cultural and intellectual life of the nation. The National Archives holds the records of the modern Irish State which document its historical evolution and the creation of our national identity.