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National Gallery Of Ireland Plays Host To Festive Events

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This December, the National Gallery of Ireland presents a programme of free seasonal family events, accompanied by an exhibition of recently acquired portraits. Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the National Gallery, so make a date for the annual Turner exhibition, which opens on 1 January for one month only, followed by Care of the Collection (opens 18 January) and From the Archives: The Story of the National Gallery of Ireland (opens 30 January). Family Packs, Children’s Audio Guides and Anniversary Trails are free from the Information Desk in the Millennium Wing. Admission is free to all exhibitions and Christmas events.

EXHIBITIONS

New Portraits

14 December 2013 – 9 February 2014. Admission Free

This display brings together a number of portraits recently acquired for the National Portrait Collection. It includes images of sitters in a variety of media: WB Yeats’s publisher, Elkin Mathews, by John Butler Yeats; the architect, Michael Scott, by Norah McGuinness, the writer and playwright, Samuel Beckett by John Haynes, and poets, Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley by Jackie Nickerson and Colin Davidson respectively. 

Turner: The Vaughan Bequest

1 – 31 January 2014. Admission Free

The Vaughan Bequest of 31 watercolours and drawings by JMW Turner (1775-1851) was bequeathed to the Gallery in 1900 by the English collector, Henry Vaughan (1809-99). The majority of Vaughan’s outstanding group of Turner watercolours was divided between the National Gallery of Scotland and the National Gallery of Ireland on condition that the watercolours are shown free of charge for the month of January only. The Gallery continues to adhere to the conditions of the Vaughan bequest, and so every January displays these luminous watercolours. The collection covers all periods of Turner’s career, including topographical scenes and expressive images from his later European tours. 

CHRISTMAS FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Christmas Family Art Holiday free

11am – 4.30pm, Monday 30 & Tuesday 31 Dec. No booking necessary. Admission is free. This year marks the 49th Christmas Family Art Holiday. There will be workshops with artists, Michelle Boyle (3pm, 30 December) and Don Conroy (3pm, 31 December); guided tours (11am & 3.30pm) and music by Musical Trio (4pm).  

Supervised Family Time free

From 1–4 January, children and families are welcome to drop in to the Atrium Work-space for supervised drawing.  

150th Anniversary Trail free

As the National Gallery of Ireland prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday in 2014, explore the Gallery’s history with a new family Anniversary Trail, available from the information desk in the Millennium Wing.  

Saturday Family Programme free

Saturday 4 January, 3pm. Sparkling Snowflakes with Louise Neiland. Art workshop, suitable for ages 4-10 years. Continues each Saturday in spring 2014.

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