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Culture Club: May Madness

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For May we have plenty of culture for you to sink your teeth into! From strolls around Ireland’s first garden cemetery to exploring sculpture in the Hugh Lane Gallery to food history in the National Library of Ireland, we have a little bit of everything to keep you busy for the month.

Here’s how Culture Club 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.

Email cultureclub@dublinscultureconnects.ie to join-in on all the fun!

1. Dublin City Hall: 2 May, 11.00am, ‘History of City Hall’
– 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 War of Independence from 1916-1922, and its restoration in 1998 by Dublin City Council.

2. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane: 4 May, 10.30am, ‘Sculpture in the Hugh Lane Collection’
– Engage with the Gallery’s education, collection, conservation and temporary exhibitions programmes in a fun and relaxed way, focusing on the Hugh Lane’s sculpture collection.

3. Chester Beatty Library: 8 May, 2.30pm, ‘Arts of the Book tour’

– Discover the history and beginnings of the book through the Chester Beatty’s collection of manuscripts and intricate collection.

4. Music Network: 8 May, 8.00pm, The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 ‘Heidi Talbot, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, John McCusker and Paul Meehan’.

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5. National Gallery of Ireland: 10 May, 5.00pm, ‘Guercino Conservation’
– Join us for an insight into the two-year long conservation and research project of Guercino’s Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph, one of the masterpieces from the National Gallery of Ireland’s collection. Now returned from the Getty Museum, the fully restored painting is on display in the Hugh Lane Room.

6. IMMA, 15 May, 10.30am ‘Freud Project, The Ethics of Scrutiny, Curated by Daphne Wright’
– The second exhibition to be presented as part of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project – a five-year loan of 52 works by renowned artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011); one of the greatest painters of the 20th-century.

7. Richmond Barracks: 17 May, 11.00am ‘Goldenbridge Cemetery: The First Garden Cemetery in Ireland’
– Goldenbridge is a 19th century ‘garden’ cemetery. Set on just two acres of land, Goldenbridge incorporates many of the classical features that were to dominate the 19th century. Its delineated pathways and high walls create an oasis of tranquility in what is now the heart of a busy suburb.

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8. National Archives of Ireland: 23 May, 11.00am, ‘Radical Political Organisations in Dublin in the 19th century’
– An opportunity to view a selection of archival holdings at the NAI pertaining to Fenian activity in the 1800s in Ireland, and the documents used to bridge together the history of this period.

9. National Museum of Ireland: 25 May, 11.30am, ‘The Way We Wore’
– This exhibition displays clothing and jewellery worn in Ireland principally from the 1760s to the 1960s. Although many still think of ‘Irish Dress’ in the context of woollens worn in the West of Ireland, this exhibition shows that in the past the majority of Irish people, even those who wore locally woven fabrics (silk, linen, wool and cotton), dressed in styles that competed with the fashion conscious of Europe.

10. National Library of Ireland: 28 May, 2.00pm, ‘Fancy Fayre and Food History’
– Join us for Culture Club in the National Library of Ireland for a special talk around the ‘Fancy Fayre and Food History’ in the NLI’s collections. Afterwards join us for a visit to the NLI reading room!

If you would like to come along simply email cultureclub@dublinscultureconnects.ie to join-in on all the fun!

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