Events - ExhibitionOpen Househttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Open_House_2014The Irish Architecture Foundation is proud to present Open House Dublin, the biggest celebration of architecture in Ireland. Open House Dublin 2014 will take place from 17 to 19 October 2014. Over one weekend, buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free.   As the city is constantly evolving, Open House Dublin allows you to get close to buildings and urban spaces and offer a new perspective. The festival showcases the wealth and breadth of Irish architecture, from the splendour of Georgian Dublin to the breathtaking contemporary design of our built environment. The event showcases the most iconic buildings in the city as well as the smallest, most beautiful interventions.   The Irish Architecture Foundation, who delivered its first Open House Dublin in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with an estimated 27,000 building visits in 2013.   Open House Dublin is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009-2015. The Queen Still Falls to Youhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Queen_Still_Falls_to_YouIreland’s relationship with monuments and public sculptures has long been complex and charged, to say the least. We’ve seen destruction, decommissioning and even the burial of some that hark back to the era of British rule. These actions continue to reinforce our belief in the unflinching power they hold. The compelling installation The Queen Still Falls to You, builds on tangible historical memory, in an intangible, spectre-riddled environment by staging a shattered and recomposed version of Queen Victoria. Echoing a tale of imperialism traced through the history of a 1908 Dublin monument of Queen Victoria, its politically informed movements are intriguing. Moved from Leinster House to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in 1948, it was later abandoned in an Offaly reformatory school before finally being gifted to the city of Sydney as a centrepiece for its newly refurbished Queen Victoria Building. Canadian artists Hadley+Maxwell have used sheets of black wrap – a material used in theatre lighting design – to make imprints of the monument’s most communicative attributes. They have captured Victoria’s gestures, power and physical appearance and rearranged them into a symphony of shapes and shadows. Curated by Tessa Giblin, this fascinating exhibition is informed by the pairing of theatre and our delicate imperial history. Encore! A History of Dublin Theatre Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/encoreA benchmark in the city’s festival calendar, the Dublin Theatre Festival has been a fixture in the capital’s social and cultural life since 1957. Celebrate its illustrious history with a special collection of the festival programmes, posters, photographs and more at Encore! A History of Dublin Theatre Festival, at The Little Museum of Dublin. Launched as part of An Tóstal, a tourism promotion initiative back in the 50s, the Dublin Theatre Festival has seen 55 editions over seven decades, and has always managed to mirror the changing shape of the city and the developing careers of artists and theatre companies. With a longstanding reputation for mixing celebration with provocation, the festival has continually showcased the very best of Ireland without shying away from revealing its uncomfortable truths. With artefacts from private and public collections, theatre-goers and the culturally curious will revel in this excellent exhibition. Admission is free with any Dublin Theatre Festival 2014 ticket stub. Karl Burke: Sound Installationhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Karl_Burke_Sound_InstallationCelebrate Culture Night 2014 at Stoneybatter’s superb not-for-profit art space The Joinery. Experience artist Karl Burke’s multi-channel sound installation and performance at this special event poised to be a unique, sensory feast. Primarily concerned with perceptions, both emotional and physical, Burke’s fascination with our three dimensional world takes the form of sculpture, installations, photographs, video and sound. Immerse yourself in the site specific soundtrack and sonic portrait made for and from the physical space of The Joinery by this compelling artist. The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7 Attic Studiohttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/attic_studioExplore intricate artist Catherine Ryan’s vibrant Attic Studio, at 5 Cavendish Row, Dublin 1, this Culture Night for a participatory treat. Catherine’s new collage pieces inspired by New York City will be on display, and visitors are even invited to participate in some drawing on the walls (just don’t tell your mother), with all materials provided. Specialising in abstract mixed media cityscapes, Catherine fuses painting, sculpture, text, photography and playing with meaning, to stunning effect. Venture up the attic stairs and enjoy a visual feast when you reach the summit, oh and a nice cup of tea too. Culture Night at The Copper House Galleryhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Culture_Night_Copper_House_GallerySpend this Culture Night at The Copper House Gallery and enjoy a showcase of a superb array of contemporary fine art, photography and illustration. The works of Anthony Haughey, Enda Cavanagh, Barry McCall, Rohan Reilly, Dave Walsh, Sarah Eva Manson, Daragh Muldowney and Conor Horgan will all be on display on the night. Exhibiting an eclectic range of originals and limited edition prints from the gallery and invited artists, an enjoyable evening of vibrant art and culture is assured in this hidden city centre gem of a gallery. Location St Kevin's Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8. Downstairs Dublin: Culture Night/Irish Timeshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Downstairs_DublinExperience picturesque Merrion Square as it comes alive for Culture Night with a series of talks, installations, projections and pop-up events curated by The Irish Times, and all happening in the outside basement spaces of the famous Georgian square. Gaze down to discover a plethora of mini-stages, surprises, live debates, music and much more. Enjoy art, drama, dance, food and ideas from leading artists, writers and thinkers, and a few favourites from The Irish Times itself, as a half-hidden aspect of historic Dublin comes bursting to life. With the square’s basements aglow with brilliant light and colour, diving in is a temptation too hard to resist. Some of the night's basement areas include: No 16 - Red Cross Building Basement: Papier Mache art installation by Nina McGowan. No 22 - College of Anaesthetists Basement: Fashion Show by Emma Fraser of 9 Crow Street with The Tweed Project. No 39 - ESB Building Basement: Papier Mache art installation by Fergal McCarthy No 40 - ESB Building Basement: Kaleidoscope Classical Music installation and concerts, curated by Karen Dervan of Kaleidoscope No 41 - ESB Building Basement: Art installation by Aideen Barry No 42 - ESB Building Basement: Ireland’s Smallest Cinema, popcorn at the ready for tiny screenings of brilliant flicks No 45 - Irish Architectural Archive Basement: The Irish Times Talk Show and Library Lottery – chats with hacks as Irish Times writers hang out in the specially created sitting room. Plus The Librarian hands out free books in the Library Lottery, which one will be yours? No 63 - Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland: Dine in the Dark. In association with Balfe’s, Nicky Halliday and The Science Gallery, do you trust your senses in the dark? Come on down and discover if you really do have great taste. No 64 - Physio 64 Basement: The Gloss Salon. Your chance to (briefly) be a cover girl or boy with Gloss. No 70 - The Arts Council Basement: Peephole Screening art installation by Ailbhe Ni Bhriain. No 73 - Irish Traditional Music Archive Basement: Garden installation by Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney of Elements of Elements of Action No 77 - Thirty Three Trees Basement: Return after Dark, installation by Thirty Three Trees. And with The Irish Times Treasure Hunt taking place on the square too, there'll be lots of family fun with plenty of prizes. Culture Night at Airfield Farm & Gardenshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/culture_night_airfieldExplore the beautiful surrounds of Airfield, Dublin’s only 38-acre working farm open to the public, this Culture Night for a delightful evening of heritage, costume, tours, workshops and more. Enjoy a diverse programme of fun activities that are sure to keep all the family engaged and entertained on this exciting evening. Airfield’s seamstress will be on hand to discuss her extraordinary work on the restoration of the Overend family’s clothing, the original 19th-century proprietors, on display in the house. Food gardener Kitty Scully will be discussing Airfield’s scrumptious selection of heritage potatoes and will provide a cooking demonstration, with, of course, some spud tasting afterwards. The education team will show you how to make seed tapes and just where to find the micro-habitats around Airfield’s lush grounds. No booking is required but workshops, tours and talks will be filled on a first come first served basis. Last admission is 9pm. The People's Art Exhibitionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/peoples_art_exhibitionPeruse thousands of exceptional paintings by hundreds of artists in the open air along the railings of St Stephen’s Green at September’s People’s Art Exhibition. Held across six weekends a year, explore stunning works of art in picturesque surroundings at this unusual showcase, and even buy a piece from the talented artists responsible. People's Art Dublin is a voluntary, part time, non-for-profit organisation, brought together by Dublin City Council to promote the visual arts to the public of Dublin. After the September showing, the remaining exhibition weekend of 2014 will be 5th-7th December.   Culture Night at IMMAhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/culture_night_immaHaving a conundrum over just where to spend this year’s Culture Night? Why not embark on a whole host of artistic discoveries in one fell swoop at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). 6pm-9pm: Visit Four Exhibitions Explore four wide ranging exhibitions that are sure to evoke an element of curiosity in just about everyone. These include Propositions, the popular interactive exhibition by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica; Second Sight, a photography exhibition from the David Kronn Collection; The Weakened Eye of Day, a solo exhibition by Irish artist Isabel Nolan; and Conversations, an exhibition from the IMMA Collection which includes, Group Coordination, a selection of works curated by artist Caroline McCarthy. 6.15pm-7.30pm: Family Event Drop in with the kids and enjoy a free art workshop for families. Parents and children can explore IMMA’s galleries together and respond to their experience in a creative workshop. 7pm: Exhibition Tour of Hélio Oiticica’s Propositions Attend a gallery talk exploring and examining the work of lauded Brazilian visual artist Hélio Oiticica. A free Culture Night Bus brings culture vultures direct to IMMA on the night. See culturenight.ie for information on bus routes and pick ups. Culture Night at The Centre for Creative Practiceshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/CultureNight_CentreForCreativePracticesFor a cultural extravaganza, pop into the Centre for Creative Practices, Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, to celebrate the centre’s fifth birthday and vibrant Culture Night itself, on 19th September. Kicking off proceedings at 5pm is the centre’s New Voices Exhibition: Kajsa Bäcktröm - Sum of its Parts. At 6pm, listen as French storyteller and director Eléonore Nicolas, (A Spoonful of Silence, My Fair Mot, Madam) recounts her very own love story with the island of Ireland.      An art auction will also take place twice on the evening, at 8.30pm-9.15pm and 10.45pm. Be sure to register for the auctions at 5pm. At 7pm there’ll be a diary reading session, where a brave few will dare to read their childhood/teenage diary entries, with guaranteed heart-warming and hilarious consequences.   At 9.20pm enjoy some spoken word with The Sitting Room Bards - comedian Aidan Killian and spoken word artist Dave Rock. Together the duo create brand new 21st century interactive bardic shenanigans. With their high energy, hilarious, moving and inspiring performance, the pair promise that every person present will leave having mightily roused the bard within. At 10.30pm the musical talent of the Mathias Baumann Quartet will entertain guests with original jazz compositions that blend traditional styles with modern sounds. Influenced by the greats like Wayne Shorter, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, the music showcases different styles from blues to bebop, hardbop to contemporary modal sounds. A varied evening that looks set to delight the capital’s culture vultures no end. The Mendicity Institutionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/mendicity_institutionDiscover the history of Dublin’s second oldest charity, and learn about the great work they still do today, on Culture Night at the Mendicity Institution, 9 Island Street, Dublin 8. ‘The Mendo’ was established in 1818 and throughout its existence has always worked towards the relief of poverty in the capital, today the charity still provides free meals daily, no questions asked, to whomever may need them. On Culture Night learn about the organisation’s rich history, taste the food served in the 1820s and study the immaculately kept records and artefacts. Visitors can also watch as actors recreate the history of the institution and its 19th century beginnings.   Culture Night at Block Thttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/culture_night_blockTSpend Culture Night 2014 in the creative surrounds of Block T, Smithfield, Dublin 7. With a wine reception and exhibition of the selected works of graduates of the space’s Fuel programme, visitors can enjoy the diversity of creative thinking on display. An award-winning not-for-profit creative organisation, Block T is a unique body that fosters, showcases and exchanges exceptional local, national and international creative talent. NearFM will also be broadcasting live from the event for the evening, so be sure to tune in if you can’t make it over. Make|Shapehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Make_ShapeCelebrating the work of eight ceramic artists who have worked on the Design & Craft Council of Ireland’s primary schools CRAFTed programme, take the kids down to The Ark to discover just how artists come up with their wonderful ideas. Make|Shape leads you playfully through techniques, processes and explorations of clay and provides artists, children and teachers with the unique opportunity to share skills and ideas, and collaborate on new projects. Just how does an artist come up with their creative plans? This intriguing exhibit brings you on a journey through artists’ creative processes, from research, design and materials to the fun part of experimentation. Join The Ark’s investigation of clay, from rolling and shaping, marking and making to glazing and firing. Then roll up your sleeves and get making yourself. A hands-on experience that kids will relish, creative clay workshops are also available during the exhibition. Opening Hours 9th - 12th September, 10am-5pm Every Saturday from 13th September - 18th October, 10am-5pm Sunday 28th September, 12pm-5pm Castle Draculahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/castle_draculaExperience an evening of mystery, magic, fun and fear - if you dare... at Castle Dracula, Clontarf. Right opposite the former home of the renowned author himself, Bram Stoker, visitors will be thrilled and chilled to the bone this September to November.   Tour Castle Dracula as the characters from the novel come alive to guide you, follow Renfield and Van Helsing through tunnels, over bridges, to gargoyle courtyards, a haunted library and finally to Ireland’s only graveyard theatre. In the gothic theatre enjoy fright with delight at the Incredible Vampire Show and some bone-tickling comedy performance. This unique venue also hosts fascinating memorabilia from an array of Dracula films. Learn all about the life of the acclaimed horror author, read stories, see pictures, posters, Stoker’s death certificate and even a lock of his hair, cut on this death bed by his wife Florence. A ghoulish evening for anyone with a taste for the macabre, Castle Dracula is open: Every Friday and Saturday from 5th September to 1st November. Also Thursday 16th and Sunday 26th October. This event is suitable for people 14 years and older.     The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interviewhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/sophisticated_neanderthalWatch British artist Nathaniel Mellors’ intriguing new film work ‘The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview’ at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios this September. Revolving around an interview between Truson, a character from an earlier Mellors work and an apparently genuine Neanderthal man, the piece is set in a large cave called E-Den, a metaphorical place representative of the shift from the hunter-gatherer mode of human existence to the more knowledge-based Neolithic way of life. Until recent discoveries, it was widely believed that Neanderthals were incapable of making art, and that the emergence of art marked a shift in consciousness toward the intelligent and creative modern human mind. The Sophisticated Neanderthal character (played by Patrick Kennedy) has been exiled from E-Den by a mysterious organisation called the Sporgo. He claims that the Sporgo control all cave art, and that that his earlier work was accepted because it was ‘more Sporgo-ey’. He smokes coloured Nat Sherman cigarettes, and is confused from drinking too much ‘ant juice’. As the action unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that it’s the Neanderthal who is in control of the situation, as opposed to Truson, his naive interviewer. The Way We Live Now and Thenhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Way_We_Live_Now_and_ThenExplore The Way We Live Now and Then, Black Church Print Studio’s fascinating series of statements or observations on how we work, plan, socialise and order, from 5th - 27th September at The Library Project, Temple Bar. The studio’s excellent artists were selected based on their shared interest in the built environment and how we interact with and physically map space, information and technology. In his recent BBC blogpost Now Then, English filmmaker Adam Curtis proposes that hidden systems have frozen time. Rather than propelling us towards a new or unknown vision of the future, post-industrial technology has become an instrument of surveillance and control identifying patterns and correlations in order to stop change in the world. Human experience, Curtis suggests, is reduced to a finite quantity of information, data or metadata is interpreted to predict behaviour, to detect contradictions, to ensure a perpetual state of stasis. "What we are planning to build is a centralised archive of humankind, and we are attempting to store it in the smallest possible space, along the lines of the individual memories in our brains" - Italo Calvino, Italian journalist and writer, World Memory, Tales and Dialogues 1968-1984. The artists contributing to the Members' Exhibition at the studio demonstrate the rich and diverse practices arising from the fixative discipline of printmaking. Although each has distinct conceptual concerns, the cumulative effect of the exhibition provides personal insights into universal topics such as memory, communication and privacy, emphasising or alluding to the key tools identified by Curtis. The interconnectedness of hidden systems is visualised in this intriguing exhibition through painting, drawing, sculpture and subtle intervention, with materials including wire, concrete, paper and pigment. The exhibiting artists include Janine Davidson, Elaine Leader, Catriona Leahy, Colin Martin, Louise Peat and Dorothy Smith. The GPO: 200 Yearshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/GPO_200_YearsDiscover the intriguing history behind O’Connell Street’s most prominent building at The Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, this autumn. Maintaining an indelible association with the 1916 Rising and the events that led to the creation of Ireland’s independent state, the General Post Office (GPO) with its grand façade and Irish flag proudly aloft, always evokes a palpable sense of heroism and pride. The building's foundation stone was laid by Lord Whitworth on the 12th August 1814, who spent £60 on entertainment for the occasion, while the architect was the renowned Francis Johnston, whose considerable abilities place him in the first rank of Irish architects. Becoming a veritable communication hub for the nation, the GPO, for some, grew to represent an unacceptable manifestation of British influence in the country. Making its occupation on Easter Monday 1916, one of practical and symbolic purpose. Almost totally destroyed in Easter Week 1916, explore the captivating history and appreciate craftsmanship, grandeur and latterly added art deco features of one of the city’s most iconic structures. Parnell Square in Photographshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/parnell_square_photographsCelebrating the 40th anniversary of the seminal event that brought about the founding of the Irish Architectural Archive, explore the stunning collection Parnell Square in Photographs this autumn. In April 1974 a photographic exhibition entitled The Architecture of Parnell Square was held in the Exhibition Hall of Trinity College’s New Library. Organised by Dr Edward McParland of Trinity’s History of Art Department, the exhibition included text panels, portraits, measured drawings, and photographs by David Davison. All of which Desmond Guinness had commissioned as a first step in a comprehensive survey of the square. The exhibition of images revealed to an incredibly responsive public the extraordinary decorative wealth behind the severe exteriors of the Georgian square. Following the exhibition, there was no obvious place for the photos to remain on public display and no official archive for their likes to be stored in. So to fill this gap, and in effect to provide a home for the Parnell Square photographs, the invaluable Irish Architectural Archive was established. To celebrate this, the Archive is re-presenting the exquisite black and white photographs of Parnell Square taken by David Davison for the 1974 exhibition. As Edward McParland noted in 1974, the photographs “record not only the more obvious architectural beauty of the great buildings, but also the less conspicuous handiwork of our craftsmen – builders, masons, carvers, plaster and metal workers – who contributed to Dublin’s justified reputation as a great European city. Further, the photographs permanently record the appearance of part of the Dublin of the 1970s. Though we now take this for granted, we forget how remote, how difficult to recapture by other means, this appearance will be to future historians”. Don’t miss the opportunity to view these priceless documents of Georgian and 70s Dublin this September to November. Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.   Natura, Naturahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Natura_NaturaView an exhibition of brand new work in the surroundings of both the Cube space at The LAB Gallery, Foley Street and amongst the Irish Birds exhibit at the Natural History Museum, with Natura Natura. Artist Saidhbhín Gibson’s temporary residency at The Natural History Museum explores the vast diversity of species from the natural world featured in the museum's exhibitions and collections.   Developed in response to her residency and inspired by conversations with staff and time spent researching Irish wildlife, Gibson investigates our understanding and experience of nature in the dual settings of the rural and urban. A free programme of events at The LAB and The Natural History Museum accompanies this fascinating exhibition, exploring themes of art and wildlife.   Enjoy Lunchtime Conversations at The Natural History Museum on the topic of Ireland’s Changing Bird Population and Barrington’s Bird Collection.    Or trace a path between The Natural History Museum and The LAB thanks to CROW (City Right of Way), and join the hunt for urban wildlife between the venues. Artist Saidhbhín Gibson will also facilitate a family workshop at The LAB exploring the unique silhouettes of animals and architecture found throughout the city. Tickets These events are free but booking is required. Brown Thomas Irish Designers CREATEhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/BrownThomas_IrishDesignersCREATEIconic department store Brown Thomas is delighted to announce the return of Irish Designers CREATE, a celebration of Irish innovation and design, via a month-long installation from 26th August to 27th September. Explore the store’s level one homage to 15 of the most exciting, emerging and established designers across accessories, graphic print, jewellery, textile design and ready-to-wear. Founded by Brown Thomas, Irish Designers Create proudly pioneers and mentors emerging Irish talent and provides a platform for designers to showcase their work in the store. And if that was’t enough for the fashion pack, this year's installation includes an archival exhibition from Ireland's legendary designer Richard Lewis, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his acclaimed first collection. A stunning 40-piece strong collection designed exclusively for CREATE by Lewis will also sit alongside 14 of his existing works of art, spanning the last half-century. Newcomers to the CREATE line-up, this year includes ready-to-wear designers Helen Cody, Celine Magill and Emma McKay, milliner Margaret O’Connor and jewellery designers Blaithin Ennis and Fiona Mulholland. An incredibly unique sculptor installation will also be presented by textile designer Sinead Kennedy. Returning to CREATE are designers Rebecca Marsden, Derek Lawlor, Honor Fitzsimons, Sean Byrne, and Keira and Darina Kennedy with KDK ready-to-wear and Accessories, as well as Lisa Ryder for accessories and jewellery design, and jewellery by Maria Dorai Raj. Shelly Corkery, Fashion Director of the Brown Thomas Group and the driving force behind the initiative, says: “CREATE, now in its fourth year, continues to go from strength to strength, the amount of Irish talent is fantastic and this year we see returning design talent along with new designers. We are passionate about Irish Design and nurturing new talent to help build their designs into a viable business”. Since its 2011 inception, this Brown Thomas platform has seen home-grown designers such as Heidi Higgins, JW Anderson, Lucy Downes, Lucy Nagle, Chloe Townsend, Mark T Burke and Martha Lynn develop and expand their lauded collections, and earn a coveted selling space at iconic Grafton Street store.   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 From Lublin to Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/from_lublin_to_dublinThis fascinating new exhibition displays a small selection of the Jewish books in three-centuries-old Marsh’s Library. The founder of the Library, Narcissus Marsh, taught Hebrew in Oxford, before he came to Dublin in 1679, buying books in Hebrew and Yiddish throughout his time in Ireland.  Most of these books were printed in Amsterdam, which was then the centre of the Jewish book trade. Marsh’s personal library testifies to his engagement with Jewish history and culture, and to the existence of a small group of men in Ireland with similar interests. This collection also sheds light on the small, bustling Jewish community in Dublin in the early 18th century. An inscription in one book shows that it was originally owned by members of the Ben Gedalya family, who had travelled all the way to Dublin from Lublin, in present-day Poland. Curated by Professor Shlomo Berger of the University of Amsterdam, an expert in Jewish history between 1500 and 1800, this intriguing exhibit offers wonderful insight into the time’s Jewish literary culture and Dublin’s burgeoning Jewish community. Opening hours Mondays and Wednesday to Friday, 9.30am - 5.00pm Saturday, 10.00am - 5.00pm 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. Vestibulehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/vestibuleIncluded in the festival will be a major temporary sculpture exhibition, music events, a satellite exhibition and walking tours held during May to September. Internationally acclaimed artists Aleana Egan (IRL), Daniel Gustav Cramer (DE) and Eva Rothschild (IRL), will present temporary sculpture works and a satellite exhibition which will activate Merrion Square and its institutions. This iconic Georgian square has an interesting past, including close ties to significant figures in Irish literary and political life such as Oscar Wilde, W.B Yeats, Daniel O'Connell and Bram Stoker.  Vestibule is an architectural term which typically refers to a small room or hallway between an entrance and the interior of the building or house. The vestibule acts as an ante-chamber between the exterior and the interior structure, between city and nature- a space in which to consider and reflect. Merrion Square is a democratic natural space within the city, which allows for the freedom of movement and play. It is an enclosed site that acts as a gallery but also as an apolitical sphere open to possibilities. Two of the artists whose work will feature in the commissioned temporary sculpture and events programme that comprises Vestibule, Aleana Egan and Eva Rothschild, are rising stars of the Irish contemporary arts scene, while Daniel Gustav Cramer is a German artist who has gained an international reputation and garnered awards for his photography and installation pieces. Vestibule  is being curated by Aoife Tunney. Children's Events at the National Museumhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Childrens_Events_at_the_National_MuseumA visit to Decorative Arts & History is not just for adults - there's plenty for the kids too! From Soldiers to Scientific Instruments, and from Eileen Gray to Albert Bender, inspire and delight children with the objects and people waiting to be discovered in the National Museum. The Barracks Life Room gives children of all ages the opportunity to explore what  life was like as a solider in the 19th & 20th centuries. Try on costumes, handle objects and explore history using computer interactives. We also provide tailored tours and events for families, as well as an activity area in the Museum. The My Museum programme of events is designed to encourage families to work together, in an alternative and fun way, to learn more about the National Museum of Ireland’s collections. Every two to three weeks, a different part of the Museum’s collections is explored either through an art, drama or storytelling workshop; or through a demonstration or special guided tour. To find out more about the times and costs of tours and workshops, check out the Calendar of Events. For more tips and suggestions on Family Fun in Dublin click here 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