Events - ExhibitionExhibition On Screen: The Impressionistshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Exhibition_On_Screen_The_ImpressionistsFrom the Musée du Luxembourg Paris, National Gallery London and Philadelphia Museum of Art, lucky viewers can uncover the story of art’s greatest revolutionaries in this stunning screened exhibition at the Lighthouse Cinema this May. The works of Cezanne, Monet, Degas and their compatriots fetch tens of millions of dollars. But just who were they? Why and how did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal? To help answer these questions, this compelling film has secured unique access to a major new exhibition focussing on the 19th century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel, the outspoken champion of Impressionism. This eagerly anticipated exhibition is perhaps the most comprehensive ever held about the Impressionists, and is a must for any art lover. Tickets Full price €15 Concession €12 50th Annual Christmas Family Art Holidayhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/50th_Annual_Christmas_Family_Art_HolidayBring the whole gang over to the National Gallery of Ireland this festive season to celebrate their 50th Annual Christmas Family Art Holiday from 27th - 31st December. The longest running museum activity in Ireland, the fun, creative, cultural event is now firmly part of the tradition of Christmas in the capital. The event includes family art workshops in the gallery’s atrium, fascinating family tours, and music in the Millennium Wing. All the events events are free, with booking only necessary for the afternoon workshops (27th - 29th December). Be sure to bring sketchpads and colours to get culturally creative at this now legendary occasion Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times. To book, contact the Education Department education@ngi.ie from 1st December. Winter Solstice Special Tourhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/WinterSolsticeTourCelebrate the winter solstice, 21st December - the shortest day of the year, by discovering just how the ancient people of the Northern Hemisphere marked it - with a tour of the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology.  View grave goods from the Neolithic passage tombs at Newgrange and Knowth, Co. Meath, and discover the skills used to create some of Ireland’s most famous monuments and artefacts.  Places are limited to 20 and no booking is required on this intriguing seasonal tour. Suitable for ages 12+. Free Event. Christmas & Hanukkah Light Installationhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Light_InstallationEnjoy a slice of culture and creativity amid the Christmas shopping rush with a light installation at Clarke Square, Collins Barracks on 21st December. Drop by the square on the shortest day of the year and see the existing installation - Pebbledash House - illuminated as the Christmas and Hanukkah ‘Living Room’ Light installation. Along with the captivating installation, Keren Rosenberg perform some contemporary dance too. A free event with no booking required, it’s suitable for all ages.   Medieval Christmas @ National Museum of Ireland Archaeologyhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/MedievalChristmasDiscover just what Christmas was like in Medieval times with an afternoon of exploration at the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology on 7th December. From the atmospheric smells and tastes, to the sights and skills of the period, there’s so much festive fun to to be had. Enjoy candlemaking with the chandler, superb seasonal music played on the hurdy gurdy, harp, lute and recorder, a scriptor cleric will be present to help kids with their letters, and an array of authentic food and spices to taste.  With Medieval games, and maybe even some magic, don’t miss captivating Christmas event for all ages. Free, with no booking required. Exhibition On Screen: Rembrandthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Exhibition_On_Screen_RembrandtFrom the National Gallery, London and the Rijkmuseum, Amsterdam, comes the unrivalled opportunity to view Rembrandt’s lauded works from the comfort of Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema on 2nd December. Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated, but this major new show hosted by the National Gallery and the Rijksmuseum is a truly unique event. Given exclusive, privileged access to both galleries, the film documents this landmark exhibition whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story with the behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions. This superb exhibition focuses on the highlights from the final years of Rembrandt’s life, long considered to have been his finest years. The masterpieces he produced during this period could be called his defining works, with each piece so soulful and honest that they helped sculpt our idea of Rembrandt as a man, and as an artist. Exploring each of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians, viewers can discover the truth about the man behind the legend. Tickets Full price €15 Concession €12 Gerry O'Mahony: Keepers of Silencehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Gerry_O_MahonyExplore the compelling works of artist Gerry O’Mahony at his exhibition, Keepers of Silence, from 28th November - 7th February. “In my work I seek to confront the instinctive realities of human and cultural challenges in a world which fluctuates between the familiar and the unknown, an odyssey that shows humanity’s struggle to find ways to inhabit the planet in a peaceful, productive and cooperative way. These pieces show the influence of patterned, colourful symbols of ancient and primitive art where the creations are a celebration of a life that is simple and uncontrived: an art without ‘art’. The work is a response to all of these influences and yet none of them – a separate entity created from the inter-mingling of both major and minor influences. The work is an expression of a vision of the world, an invitation to observers to share that vision and create their own. It is both a statement and a challenge.” A graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design, Gerry has taught art in Ireland and has travelled extensively, spending long periods in both Israel and Malawi. These travels have been a huge influence on his art practice, don’t miss the opportunity to view Gerry’s exceptional works up close. Draiocht's galleries are open Monday to Saturday from 10am-6pm. Image: Gerry O’Mahony, 'Searching for a Wide Embrace'.   Dead Celebritieshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dead_CelebritiesDiscover the realm of dead celebrities at a unique, one-night-only exhibition of work courtesy of the best of Ireland’s illustrators, designers, visual artists and screen printers, this November. Curated by event organisers supreme, Hunt & Gather, explore their second-ever print exhibition, Dead Celebrities, focusing on our fascination with celebrity culture. Celebrity is the state of being well known. However for many of us a celebrity is much more. In their own way, they have had an effect on our lives. Be it consciously as a childhood friend in the guise of cartoon genie, or subconsciously through the way we dress, act, smoke, and even via our use of language. To celebrate a year which has been marked by the passing of many influential celebrities, Hunt & Gather are paying homage to those who have exited life’s stage. With all prints made to order, attendees can even invest in a slice of celebrity-themed art and place an order for a print they’d like to own. Prints cost €10, exclude post and packaging, and will be sent at a later date. Venue Molloy & Dowling Dispensing Opticians     18b Kildare Street (Below Cleo Handweavers) Dublin 2 National Gallery of Ireland: 16 Short Playshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/National_Gallery_of_Ireland_16_Short_PlaysExperience a unique theatrical and artistic event with the National Gallery of Ireland’s 16 Short Plays, each inspired by the gallery’s paintings. Taking place over two Saturdays, 22nd and 29th November, these 10-minute plays inspired by paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland have been created, over two years, by five superb Irish playwrights: Ivy Bannister, Michael Casey, Gerard Dalton, Celia de Fréine and Michael O'Meara. Performed in the Gallery Lecture Theatre by actors from the Umbrella Theatre Company, an audience discussion will follow the performances. 22nd November, 3pm-5pm Blue by Ivy Bannister Inspired by Jack B. Yeats, So My Brother Hail and Farewell for Ever More, 1945. Fatted Calf by Michael Casey Inspired by Bartolomé Estebán Murillo, The Prodigal Son Receiving his Portion, 1660s. In Black and Light by Gerard Dalton Inspired by Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ, 1602. Seamstress by Celia de Fréine Inspired by Kasimir Dunin Markievicz, The Artist's Wife, Constance, Comtesse de Markievicz (1868-1927), Irish Painter and Revolutionary, 1899. Wedlock by Michael O’Meara Inspired by Johannes Vermeer, A Woman Writing a Letter with her Maid, c.1670. Dimples and Sin by Michael Casey Inspired by James Barry, The Temptation of Adam, 1767-1770. Afterlife by Gerard Dalton Inspired by William Orpen, Sunlight, c.1925. Stamen by Celia de Fréine Inspired by Mainie Jellett, Single Element, 1927. 29th November, 3pm-5pm Mother and Child by Ivy Bannister Inspired by Paolo Uccello, Virgin and Child, c.1435-1440. Contrast by Michael Casey Inspired by William John Leech, A Convent Garden, Brittany, c.1913. The Stations by Gerard Dalton Inspired by Aloysius O'Kelly, Mass in a Connemara Cabin, c.1883. Beholden by Celia de Fréine Inspired by Unknown painter (Attributed to Master of the Countess of Warwick), The Fair Geraldine, 1560s. Diversion by Michael O’Meara Inspired by Gabriel Metsu, Man Writing a Letter, c.1664-1666. Lady on the Terrace by Ivy Bannister Inspired by Paul Signac, Lady on the Terrace, 1898. Cupidity by Michael Casey Inspired by Rutilio di Lorenzo Manetti, Victorious Love, c.1625. Affairs of the Nation by Michael O’Meara Inspired by John Lavery, The Artist's Studio: Lady Hazel Lavery with her Daughter Alice and Stepdaughter Eileen, 1909-1913. Tickets Single event €7 Both events €10.   Eirtakon Convention 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Eirtakon_2014Celebrate all things anime and manga at the Eirtakon Convention, Croke Park Conference Centre from 21st - 23rd November. Now in its tenth year, Eirtakon is Ireland’s largest and longest-running anime and manga convention organised annually by a dedicated committee assembled by Dublin City University’s Anime & Manga Society. As the ultimate destination for anime fans, this year’s guest of honour has just been announced as renowned voice actress Caitlin Glass. Best known for the role of Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist, Caitlin has been working in the anime industry since 2004. In 2008, Caitlin directed the hugely popular fan-favourite, Ouran High School Host Club, as well as playing the character of Haruhi Fujioka. Caitlin also lends her voice to Cammy White and Decapre in the Street Fighter IV video game series. As well as a spectacular array of special guests, convention-goers can indulge in some cosplay at the Cosplay Masquerade, and even take part in a unique cosplay blind date to find the girl or guy of their anime dreams. Eirtakon will also host a glitzy Yule Ball on the Saturday night of the convention, so expect dancing, fantastic music, an amazing themed room and an unforgettable costumes. All ages are welcome for an this celebratory evening of that will kick off the festive season in style. Over in the Artists’ Alley section of the convention are thirty talented manga artists, traditional artists, prop makers, arts and craftspeople and more, who’ll reside in the conference centre’s Celtic Suite making it an absolute must-see. Whether you find a hidden creation, something you just can’t say no to; a surprise gift, or someone to commission a work to - you’re sure to discover more than you bargained for at this kick-ass convention. Tickets Weekend Pass €35 Friday Pass €5 (4pm - Late) Saturday Pass €25 (10am - Late) Sunday Pass €20 (10am - 8pm)     Michelle Byrne: Via Magnahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Michelle_ByrneThe Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present Via Magna, an exhibition of new works by gallery artist Michelle Byrne. A talented sculptor living and working in the Blackstairs region of County Carlow, Michelle has exhibited in group shows across Ireland, the UK and France, and has also worked on an array of private and public commissions.   Working mainly in Kilkenny limestone, bronze and steel, Michelle’s recent large scale public commissions include a 3-metre limestone tower for the Carlow redevelopment group and a 1.2-metre limestone sphere for Ballygarvan National school, Co. Cork. One of Michelle’s sculptures (‘Sphere’) was acquired in December 2013 by the Office of Public Works as part of a group show with the Olivier Cornet Gallery. Winner of the Conor/Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture at the Annual RHA Exhibition in 2012, Michelle’s most recent work has seen her explore mapping and journeys, examining the physical geography of a place, the journeys we take and the experience we gain. Michelle explains “we tend to look at the countryside as a natural environment, whereas nearly every square inch of its surface has been transformed in some shape or form by centuries of man's interaction, from the patchwork of fields to the network of trails and roads. What interests me as an artist are these layers of patterns and marks we have left on the landscape, what they tell us about the geology and topography and our relationship with it. For my upcoming show at The Olivier Cornet Gallery I have been looking at ancient tracks and roads of Ireland, in particular The Eiscir Riada, also known as the Via Magna and An Slighe Mhor meaning The Great Highway. The Eiscir Riada is a system of ridges or eskers, gravel ridges which were formed after the ice age that stretched across Ireland between Dublin and Galway. These ridges created a natural high ground providing a route through the bogs of the Irish midlands. In early Medieval times The Esker Riada also formed an ancient division of Ireland between Conn and Mogha. For this new body of work I am exploring our past and present relationship with the landscape, in particular looking at settlements, boundaries, land divisions and the connecting routes.” Open Tuesday - Friday, 11am-6pm,  Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-5pm Late opening on Thursdays, 11am-8pm Location Olivier Cornet Gallery JF Studios, 5 Cavendish Row (Parnell Square) Dublin 1   Hennessy Portrait Prize Exhibition 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Hennessy_Portrait_PrizeView the superb works of the Hennessy Portrait Prize’s 12 shortlisted artists at the National Gallery of Ireland from 8th November to 8th February. A new competition celebrating the richness and diversity of portraiture, the Hennessy Portrait Prize aims to encourage public interest in the work of these contemporary artists, with the winner announced on 11th November. Shortlisted Artists Erin Quinn . Hugh O’Conor . Geraldine O’Neill . Mandy O’Neill . Helen O’Sullivan-Tyrrell . Cian McLoughlin . Comhghall Casey . Nick Miller . John Beattie . Saoirse Wall . Una Sealy . Gavan McCullough Open   Monday - Saturday, 9.30am - 5.30pm Thursday, 9.30am - 8.30pm Sunday, 11am - 5.30pm Public Holidays, 10am - 5.30pm   Duncan Campbellhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Duncan_CampbellExplore the first major exhibition in Dublin of the work of Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 8th November to 8th February. A 2014 Turner Prize nominee, this is Campbell’s first major exhibition in Dublin. The archival and filmed material that comprise Campbell’s films question our reading of the documentary form as a fixed representation of reality, opening up the boundaries between the actual and the imagined, record and interpretation. Irish-born but Glasgow-based, Duncan Campbell’s artistic production spans several media and concerns itself with the power of stories and the boundaries between the actual and the imagined, historical narrative and media representation, record and interpretation. His preoccupation with truth and refusal to adhere to prescribed or narrative conventions resonate in recent works such as Arbeit (2011) about the German economist Hans Tietmeyer who played a key role in the centralisation of the European financial system, and Make It New John (2009), which takes as its subject the American automobile engineer and magnate John DeLorean and his iconic DMC-12 car, as well as the West Belfast plant where it was produced. Similar notions are addressed in Bernadette (2008), his documentary about controversial Irish republican MP and civil rights activist Bernadette Devlin. In 2012 Campbell took part in Manifesta 9, Belgium, and in 2010 he took part in Tracing the Invisible, Gwangju Biennale. The solo exhibition at IMMA comprises four of his major film works; Bernadette (2008); Make It New John (2009); Arbeit (2011) and It for Others (2013). The exhibition will be accompanied by a guide. Open Tuesday - Friday, 11.30am - 5.30pm Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12noon - 5.30pm Closed Mondays Last admission 5.15pm Primal Architecturehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Primal_ArchitectureEnjoy an exhibition that combines works from international and Irish artists and explores pseudo-autobiography, sexuality, consciousness, identity, architecture, power and nostalgia; with Primal Architecture at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Borrowing its title from contributing artist Mike Kelley’s 1995 work, Primal Architecture, the selection of works on display spans generations and varied media including installation, video, sculpture, drawing, performance and photography. Since the 60s, contemporary art has been associated with moments or acts of crises and political change. Often these acts have not only affected art, but also mirrored what was happening within the world. Primal Architecture, unfurls in the form of a sequence of episodes or chapters that can be read with relative autonomy, each offering exhilarating interpretations of the human condition and the complex ways we interact and narrate the world around us. The exhibitions featured artists include Mike Kelley, Jeremy Deller, Conrad Shawcross, Kevin Atherton, Linder, Jesse Jones and Bedwyr Williams. For many of these artists the exhibition will be their very first presentation in Ireland.   Visitors are advised that this exhibition contains adult themes and explicit imagery. Open Tuesday - Friday, 11.30am - 5.30pm Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12noon - 5.30pm Closed Mondays Last admission 5.15pm   Phoenix Risinghttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Phoenix_RisingExplore our civic ideals through the medium of urban life and contemporary art with Phoenix Rising at the superb Hugh Lane Gallery, from 6th November to 29th March. The exhibition (and its accompanying satellite events) references Dublin's 1914 Civic Exhibition which was inspired by the work of Scottish biologist, sociologist and planner Patrick Geddes, and which attempted to re-imagine Dublin as "the phoenix of cities" during a period of economic, social and political strife. The exhibition showcases contemporary artists' responses to the urban environment using different strategies to understand and represent the city. Discover work by Stephen Brandes, Mark Clare, Cliona Harmey, Vagabond Reviews, Stéphanie Nava and Mary-Ruth Walsh at this unique showcase. Open Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 6pm Friday and Saturday, 10am - 5pm  Sunday, 11am - 5pm Closed Mondays   Chris Wilson: Small Islandshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Chris_WilsonSouth Frederick Street’s Doorway Gallery hosts Antrim artist Chris Wilson’s excellent Small Islands exhibition from 6th November to 4th December. Known for his large bronze public commissions in situ all over Ireland, Small Islands is a mix of paintings and bronzes and is a superb celebration of ‘place’. Extracting the textures and surfaces of sections of ground, often a coastal rock form, Chris captures the lines and patterns of the land that one literally stands upon. The pieces transform this intimate space into the idea of a much larger landscape. With the paintings created through painted layers of subtle marks, each layer is slightly obscured by the next. The surface becomes a canvas of lines and borders with shifting patterns of strata suggesting boundaries, but also movement and a landscape of changing and multiple viewpoints. Chris used casts of rocks taken from formations along his native north Antrim coast, and with the rock castings and paintings playing with an aerial perspective combined with traditional linear pictorial perspective, it creates landscapes that explore an attachment to place. Open Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 6pm Thursdays 10.30am - 7pm Brainbelt Illustration Collectivehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Brainbelt_Illustration_CollectiveExplore the showcase exhibition of Brainbelt Illustration Collective at Dublin’s MVP pub, part of Design Week 2014. Brainbelt's Design Week exhibition will showcase the illustration collective’s diversity of current personal projects, and is sure to easily inspire all who experience it. A network of Irish creative professional artists and designers who bear a heartfelt passion for illustration, Brainbelt’s exceptional visual disciplines vary from painting, sculpture, print design, motion design, multimedia and photography. With Design Week always proving a valuable way for Brainbelt members to step outside its group themed exhibitions and projects to present whatever they have on the go; this year will be no different so expect awesome art and powerful creativity. Officially launching on Friday the 7th of November at 7pm, the exhibition runs across six weeks. Featuring the work of Michelle Cunningham, Emma Rowe, Alan Dunne, Stephen Mc Carthy, Jamie Murphy, Lauren O'Neill, Eileen O'Neill, John Corrigan, Stephen Mc Nally and Rachel Corcoran; all artists will have prints for sale on the night and throughout the exhibition. Venue MVP 29 Upper Clanbrassil Street Dublin 8 Open  4pm - 11.30pm daily   Aoife Dooley: Life Tips and Other Bitshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Aoife_DooleyOffering unique tips on how to get through life, along with awesome illustrations and prints, illustrator/designer Aoife Dooley launches her debut book and solo exhibition at the funky Bernard Shaw on 30th October. If you’re done with traditional self-help and have been top ten listed ad infinitum, then Aoife’s lively work and refreshing take on life is sure to hit the spot. Get a first look at her book Life Tips and Other Bits, pick up some of her fantastic, personality-infused prints and maybe enjoy a surprise or two at this exciting event for one of the capital’s brightest up-and-comers. Book Launch 30th October, 6pm - 12midnight. Exhibition 30th October - 11th December, all day from 8.30am and from 1pm at weekends.   Bloodhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/BloodJust why do we have a love of visceral vampires (Twilight fans…) and yet a ferocious fear of needles? Find out at Blood, The Science Gallery’s intriguing new exhibition featuring 25 provocative works that explore the scientific, symbolic and strange nature of the red stuff. Why do we ‘see red’ when our blood ‘boils’? What are the positives and negatives of our fascination with this crimson, coagulating oxygen-carrier? Blood connects, sustains, and fuels life, yet can also wreak havoc and destruction. It courses in our veins, floating between transcendence and abjection. From stories of vampires, kinship and religious beliefs to cutting edge research in immunology and genetics and bio-art works that use the medium of blood, this exhibition is an exploration of the mythical, cultural and medical aspects of this unique connective tissue. Admission is free, no booking necessary. Recommended for ages 15+. The Science Gallery's opening hours vary per exhibition held, please check the website for exact details. James Joyce: Apocalypse & Exilehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Apocalypse_and_ExileDelve deep into the mind of iconic Irish writer James Joyce at Marsh’s Library’s latest fascinating exhibition, Apocalypse & Exile. Discover just what James Joyce read when he visited Marsh’s Library way back in 1902, and see how these readings throw new light on his attitudes to Catholicism, heresy and Irish history itself.  The exhibition is curated by Jason McElligott, Keeper of Marsh’s Library; Professor John McCafferty, Director of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, and Dr Anne Marie D’Arcy of the University of Leicester. A captivating exhibit that’s a must for anyone interested in Joyce’s work, wit and opinions. Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9.30am - 5pm Saturdays, 10am - 5pm Closed Tuesdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.   Lines of Visionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Lines_of_VisionCelebrating 150 years of the incomparable National Gallery of Ireland, experience an exhibition of Irish writers’ inspiration drawn from the gallery’s collection, with Lines of Vision. Coinciding with the launch of the publication Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art, a beautifully illustrated anthology of new poems, essays and stories by 56 Irish writers, these renowned contributors have selected pictures from the collection as setting-off points to explore ideas about art, love, loss, family, dreams, memory, places, and privacy. Both the artworks and the literary responses to them are wonderfully diverse in subject-matter and tone. The exhibition will display pictures selected by all 56 writers, among them master European works by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet and Bonnard as well as a number of works by Irish artists, including James Arthur O’Connor, Paul Henry, Jack B Yeats, Mary Swanzy and Gerard Dillon. A short film relating to the project, produced by Areaman Productions, will be screened in Room 1 during exhibition hours. Exhibition Contributors Chris Agee • John Banville • Alex Barclay • Kevin Barry• Sebastian Barry • Dermot Bolger • Eva Bourke • John Boyne • Moya Cannon • Evelyn Conlon • Philip Davison• Gerald Dawe • John F. Deane • Gerard Donovan • Theo Dorgan • Roddy Doyle • Bernard Farrell • Carlo Gébler • Alan Glynn • Vona Groarke • Kerry Hardie • Noëlle Harrison • Seamus Heaney • Christine Dwyer Hickey • Declan Hughes • Jennifer Johnston • Thomas Kilroy • Michael Longley • Martin Malone • Aoife Mannix • Colum McCann • Thomas McCarthy • Medbh McGuckian • Frank McGuinness • Eoin McNamee • Paula Meehan • John Montague • Paul Muldoon • Nuala Ní Chonchúir • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin • Eilís Ní Dhuibhne • Julie O’Callaghan • Dennis O’Driscoll • Micheal O’Siadhail • Leanne O'Sullivan • Justin Quinn • Billy Roche • Gabriel Rosenstock • Donal Ryan • Patricia Scanlan • Peter Sirr • Colm Tóibín •William Wall • Macdara Woods • Vincent Woods • Enda Wyley Opening Hours Monday - Saturday, 9.30pm-5.30pm Late opening Thursday, 8.30pm Sunday, 12pm-5.30pm Shaped by Historyhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Shaped_by_HistoryTake a step back in time to 70s Limerick with the excellent free exhibition Shaped by History, at the National Photographic Archive from 1st August 2014 to 5th January 2015. Showcasing 85 black and white photographs of Limerick Milk Market taken between 1971 and 1978 by Limerick’s own award-winning social documentary photographer, Gerry Andrews, they prove a fascinating glimpse at times gone by. Limerick Milk Market was founded in 1852, as the west of Ireland was emerging from the famines of the 1840s. In the 70s, Limerick Milk Market was at a crossroads in its long history, as the Shannon/Limerick region began transforming into a national and international model for development. Gerry Andrews' photos are portrait studies of the historic quarter's community of merchants, traders and characters during this exceptional period of transformation. The portraits are stunning, evocative and wonderfully challenging. A set of prints will be donated to the National Library of Ireland's photographic collection, home to the world’s largest collection of photographs relating to Ireland. Opening Hours Monday - Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday: 12 noon-5pm Chester Beatty's A-Z: from Amulet to Zodiachttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/AZfromAmulettoZodiacOne A is for Amulet, B is for Beatty, C is for Calligraphy . . ., Chester Beatty's A to Z will take you on a journey through a selection of highlights, showcasing the breadth and quality of this wonderful collection. This curators' choice show is a visual treat with universal appeal. Each letter of the alphabet is matched to a word that is representative of something characteristically associated with the collection. Featuring many works seldom or never before seen in public, the exhibition will explore the threads that link cultures across the Western, Islamic and East Asian worlds. Opening hours: From 10.00am to 5pm Mon to Fri (closed Mondays from 1 Oct), 11am to 5pm Sat, 1pm to 5pm Sun, closed 24, 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan Lee Miller in James Joyce's Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/lee_miller_james_joyceThe James Joyce Centre is thrilled to present a new fascinating exhibition - Lee Miller in James Joyce’s Dublin, which features 60 previously unseen images from this icon of American photography. Beginning her career as a fashion model in New York City in the 1920s, legendary American photographer Lee Miller became a freelance photographer for Condé Nast. Finding herself in England during the outbreak of the Second World War, Lee quickly became one of a handful of female war correspondents. During Lee’s long relationship with Vogue Magazine she covered the London Blitz, and later the battle of Saint Malo, the liberation of Paris and the concentration camps, Buchenwald and Dachau. The exhibition documents Miller’s exploration of a desolate, post-War Dublin in 1946, capturing streets and buildings that were connected to Joyce’s life and work. These include some important Joycean locations that were thought never to have been photographed before, such as the family’s first northside address on Hardwicke Street as well as detailed interior portraits of Barney Kiernan’s pub, the setting for the Cyclops episode in Ulysses. A compelling exhibition in the ideal Joycean setting, it’s sure to engage Joyce, photography and social history buffs alike. Conversationshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ConversationsExplore one of the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s current compelling exhibitions with Conversations, running until 31st December. A selection of diverse displays from the IMMA Collection, Conversations present the idea of dialogue on a number of levels: among particular artists’ practices such as Andrew Vickery and Elinor Wiltshire; between ‘then’ and ‘now’ in artists’ work at different times in their career, as with Paul Winstanley and Mark O’Kelly; and works that encourage exchange between the Collection, artists, their work and the viewer. Certain rooms in IMMA focus on individual commemorative works such as the The Great Wallenda (Cabinet Version), 1997-1998 by João Penalva, and Sean Scully’s Dorothy, 2003, in memory of Dorothy Walker. Also exhibited is a selection of works co-curated by artist Caroline McCarthy, shown with works from McCarthy’s own studio including Group Coordination (Red), 2011, which she has reconfigured in response to the gallery architecture. Another strand of programming focuses on specific moments, events and individuals in the story of cultural production in Ireland, namely the contribution of David Hendriks to the development of art in Ireland during the 1960s and 70s, and the commitment and enthusiasm of George and Maura McClelland as collectors and promoters of Irish art. The Exhibition’s Artists Valerio Adami; Janine Antoni; Terry Atkinson; Enrico Baj; Robert Ballagh; Barrie Cooke; Michael Craig-Martin; Michael Craig-Martin; Guggi; Allen Jones; Mary Kelly; Paul Klee; Brian Maguire; Fergus Martin; Caroline McCarthy; Colin Middleton; François Morellet; Mark O'Kelly; João Penalva; Bridget Riley; William Scott; Sean Scully; Peter Sedgley; Jesús Rafael Soto; Hannah Starkey; Bert Stern; Victor Vasarely; Andrew Vickery; Alexandra Wejchert; Richard Wentworth; Elinor Wiltshire; Paul Winstanley. Open Tuesday - Friday: 11.30am - 5.30pm Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon - 5.30pm Monday: Closed  Last admission 5.15pm   Image credit: Conversations, Installation view, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2014. Shackleton Exhibitionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Shackleton_ExhibitionVenue: Dun Laoghaire, Ferry Terminal The exhibition is the "Shackleton Endurance" exhibition.  It has 150 photographs and text boards telling the story of the most famous rescue in all maritime history.  The venue is the Ferry Terminal building in Dun Laoghaire beside the DART and Bus terminus The Shackleton Endurance Expedition 1914-1917 Aiming to complete the first sea-to-sea land crossing of Antarctica by foot via the South Pole, in August 1914 Shackleton and his team of 27 scientists and seamen set sail from Plymouth aboard their ship, Endurance, just after the outbreak of World War I.   They wouldn’t be heard from for nearly two years.  This compelling exhibition is the story of the men’s 22-month ordeal:  the eerie beauty of Antarctica, the sinking of their doomed ship after it became locked in pack ice and was slowly crushed, the extreme hardships the men endured as they set up camp after camp on the drifting ice, their transfer to the relative safety of Elephant Island, and the expedition’s miraculous conclusion.   That all 28 men survived their terrible adventure was a triumph of hope in the bleakest circumstances, and of faith in their leader—“The Boss”—an Irish-born doctor’s son whose achievements in polar exploration earned him a knighthood and, much later, cult status as an unparalleled role model for leadership in extreme circumstances:  optimistic, tenacious and brave. At the heart of the exhibition, accompanied by explanatory wall texts and diary excerpts from the journey, are Hurley’s dramatic black-and-white images of the expedition, some made from negatives retrieved by him from the freezing waters inside the Endurance just before she sank.  Some of Hurley’s most compelling images are of the ship’s break-up.  These are presented along with photographs of the men’s camps and their attempted march over snow and ice to reach open water.  Startling original film-footage by Hurley, enhanced by computer animation, shows Endurance as she disappeared into the Weddell Sea. A replica of the James Caird confronts visitors with the awesome challenge that Shackleton and his men faced in their rescue mission from Elephant Island, sailing an open boat across 800 miles in towering 60-ft waves and gale-force winds, with only a sextant, some charts, an unreliable chronometer and a few sightings of the sun to guide them to South Georgia.  Today their success in reaching South Georgia—and trekking 32 miles in 36 hours across its uncharted, mountainous interior to reach the whaling station on the other side—is widely recognised as maritime history’s greatest boat journey:  a miracle of navigation, resilience and seamanship.  This part of the story is illustrated beautifully by Hurley’s poignant photographs of Elephant Island, the rocky, inhospitable outcrop where the crew awaited rescue; and of the launching of the James Caird, the crossing and the rescue itself. The exhibition will run for a period of two years , the venue is the Ferry Terminal building in Dun Laoghaire beside the DART and Bus terminus      Adult: €6 Seniors/Students: €5 Family of Four: €14 Children 6-12: €3.50 Children under 6: free *special deals and concessions for groups