Connect with great works of art and discover the stories behind them through a guided tour of the National Gallery of Ireland.
A great place to start an art adventure is a major exhibition that will showcase works by 50 Irish artists who are exploring the relationship between people and the natural world.
Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art (13 April – 7 July) will exhibit celebrated artists such as George Barret, Paul Henry and Jack B. Yeats, alongside contemporary practitioners like Dorothy Cross, Willie Doherty, Kathy Prendergast and Sean Scully, encompassing a range of artistic media, from oil painting to video.
Travel is the theme of two further fascinating exhibitions, Nathaniel Hone: Travels of a Landscape Artist,which runs to December, and Voyage of Italy: Italian Travel Guides (16 March – 1 September) which showcases travel guidebooks dating from the 1500s to the 1800s, relating to Italian cities of the ‘grand tour’.
The Mindfulness tour proceeds at a gentle pace, allowing a close inspection and connection with each work and ending with reflection in silence and stillness.
LGBTQI+ themed tours take a new perspective, exploring the history of gender and sexual identity through works that are connected to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities.
Sundays are family days at the Gallery, with free drop-in workshops in the Maples and Calder Creative Space and a family-friendly tour that makes the artworks fun and engaging for kids.
Housed in a magnificent Georgian building, the National Gallery of Ireland is a haven of tranquillity in Dublin city and a great place to come face to face with fabulous fine art.