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Culture Club July 2018

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Here’s what we have coming up for July 2018 in Culture Club. Check out our two new venues – Irish Georgian Society and Dublin City Library and Archives – not to be missed!

Culture Club connects people to museums, galleries, libraries and other cultural venues in a fun and easy way. Through Culture Club, we are inviting people to get involved, broadening the reach of culture in Dublin to as many Dubliners as possible.

Our Project Manager will accompany groups and individuals from all over Dublin to a range of Cultural venues throughout the year. 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. Where possible we invite groups to Culture Clubs we feel will be most meaningful and relevant to them. This is a special chance to meet new people and experience cultural places in a relaxed way and is a great opportunity for us to learn from these experiences.
Email: cultureclub@dublinscultureconnects.ie to book a place or call 01 4853732

Irish Georgian Society: 4 July, 11.00am, ‘Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland’.

Address: City Assembly House, 58 South William Street

The City Assembly House on Dublin’s historic South William Street was constructed by the Society of Artists in Ireland over 250 years ago as the first purpose-built public gallery in Ireland and Britain. The Irish Georgian Society’s current exhibition ‘Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland’ re-assembles works by Society of Artists members, including many pieces which were first displayed in the building in the series of exhibitions the Society of Artists held there between 1766 and 1780. This tour will examine the history of the building and its relationship to the area surrounding it, as well as its evolving uses over its 250 year history.

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane: 6 July, 10.30am, ‘Just be yourself!’ exhibition

Join us for Culture Club in The Hugh Lane who are pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Ireland of Scottish artist Rachel Maclean, who creates fantastic visual narratives using green-screen technology. She parodies fairy tales, children’s television programmes, advertising, internet videos, and pop culture to examine identities, power dynamics and consumer desire. All of the characters are played by the artist, who transforms herself through extravagant costumes and make-up.

National Gallery of Ireland: 12 July, 5.00pm, ‘Circus250: Art of the Show’

Join us for a free tour of some of the highlights of the Circus250: Art of the Show exhibition, led by one of our expert tour guides. This exhibition forms part of the UK and Ireland-wide celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the original circus, established by Philip Astley in London in 1768. Dublin was the first city outside England to which he travelled, performing and giving riding lessons from 1773. The exhibition, which showcases the work of well-known Irish artists such as Jack B. Yeats, Mainie Jellett, Mary Swanzy, Harry Kernoff and Martin Gale RHA, will bring some of the fun of the big top and the history of this inspiring spectacle to the Gallery.

IMMA, 17 July, 10.30am, ‘Brian O’Doherty Language and Space’

This exhibition marks the artist’s lifelong commitment to exploring line, language and location, and is a timely celebration of the ten-year anniversary of his performance The Burial of Patrick Ireland at IMMA in 2008.

All of the works on display evoke the discourse between mind and body that has absorbed Brian O’Doherty throughout his career.

Richmond Barracks: 19 July, 11.00am, ‘History 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.

Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse St: 23 July, 10.30am, ‘Dublin Camera Club annual photographic exhibition’

The Dublin Camera Club is the oldest and largest camera club in Ireland. Founded in August 1945 when a group of Dublin photographers felt that the entry conditions of Photographic Society of Ireland were too high to attract those starting out in photography, so they got together and decided that there was a need in the city for another camera club. See their annual photographic exhibition on display at the Dublin City Library & Archive with Culture Club.

National Archives of Ireland: 25 July, 11.00am,  ‘Ireland’s National School System’

Join us for a tour of the National Archives on the theme of ‘Ireland’s National School System’. Occupying 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.

National Museum of Ireland: 27 July, 11.30am, The Stories of 19th Century Women in ‘Soldiers & Chiefs’

Over 1,000 objects from all over the world cover 1,700 square metres of Collins Barracks as the Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition traces Ireland’s military history from 1550 into the 21st Century. Original artefacts, such as the Stokes Tapestry, letters, replicas and interactives show how soldiering and war have affected the lives of Irish people over the centuries. Focusing on the ‘stories of 19th Century Women’ including their role and the impact of the war on their lives, join us for this special Culture Club at the National Museum, Collins Barracks.

National Library of Ireland: 30 July, 2.00pm, ‘Céad Míle Fáilte: Guidebooks to Dublin’s Fair City’

‘Be our Guest’ at the National Library and take a trip back in time to see an array of guidebooks for the discerning tourist of ‘Dublin’s Fair City’

What kind of sites and scenes appealed to visitors from the 1890s? Where they different in the 1910s and 1960s? Using Dublin as our case study, you’ll see how the tourism industry has changed in Ireland since the 1890s through guidebooks, pamphlets, advertisements, and posters in the National Library collections (the Lonely Planets of their day!).

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