Culture Night 2021 at the National Gallery of Ireland

Join us as we celebrate Culture Night 2021 on Friday 17 September, onsite and online!

This year, the theme of Culture Night is 'Come together again' and we are excited to do just that, and to connect with you through our collection and exhibitions. 

All visitors need to book a free general admission ticket online in advance. This will help us to manage the number of people in the building to ensure that you enjoy a safe and peaceful visit. If you're planning to stay outside in the Gallery's forecourt, you do not need to book a ticket. Read our ticket FAQs.

Read on to see what we have planned for Culture Night 2021!

  • 4pm / Live Drawing Project will be open for submissions, with live projections on the walls of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris
  • 5pm - 7.45pm / Free entrance to Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory (advance booking essential - tickets available from 12pm on Wednesday 15 September. UPDATE: These tickets are now fully booked.)
  • 6pm - 8pm / Frederic William Burton's The Meeting on the Turret Stairs on display in Room 20 
  • 6.30pm / A performance by Brasserie Graf in our Merrion Square forecourt.
  • 8pm / The Live Drawing Project will begin projecting on our Merrion Square Building, led by artists Tomm Moore, Pierre Coffin, Holly Pereira and Fuchsia MacAree, with submissions from YOU!

Live Drawing Project

We are delighted to be partnering with the French Embassy in Ireland for the second year in a row on a special interactive project, the Live Drawing Project. In this digital journey across Ireland and France, audiences of all ages will be invited to create drawings using their phone or tablet as a drawing pad. These drawings will then appear live on the walls of the National Gallery of Ireland from 8pm, while simultaneously being projected in the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. You'll also be able to watch the projections via Facebook Live. Participating this year are artists Tomm Moore (Cartoon Saloon), Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me), Holly Pereira, and Fuchsia  MacAree. 

*NOTE: the projection on the National Gallery of Ireland walls will begin at 8pm

Exhibitions

Other highlights of this year's Culture Night programme at the Gallery include free admission to our new exhibition, Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory from 5pm (advance booking essential - these tickets will be available from 12pm on Wednesday 15 September). Visitors to the Gallery can also see our new Print Gallery exhibition Picturing People, as well as Glamour & GovernanceQueer Mind, Body and Soul, and Shaw and the Gallery: A Priceless Education. 

Permanent Collection

You can explore our permanent collection using our 'Through a Lens' self-guided tour which will allow you to see some of the works in our collection in a new light! Tour the Gallery from your own home, too, by trying out our selection of Virtual Tours. If you're in the Gallery, you can see Frederic William Burton's beloved watercolour The Meeting on the Turret Stairs between 6pm and 8pm in Room 20.

Brasserie Graf

At 6.30pm, Brasserie Graf (Eve Parnell and Katerina Speranskaya) will be performing a special spoken word and musical piece in our Merrion Square forecourt - all welcome!

Practical details

The Gallery will be open until 9pm on the night (last admission 8.30pm, room closures will begin from 8.25pm, and the Gallery Shop will be open until 8.30pm). You'll be able to watch the Live Drawing Project on our Merrion Square building from 8pm - 11pm. Food and drink will be available on the night from our outdoor pop-up café, Le Béret, serving French food and drink until late. If you're planning to come into the Gallery building, please book your free general admission ticket in advance. 

Drawings projected on the facade of the National Gallery of Ireland

Live Drawing Project

The Live Drawing Project will begin at 4pm in Paris, with the projection moving to the Gallery's walls from 8pm. You can get involved from 4pm - start submitting your drawings at the link below, then watch via our Facebook page between 4pm and 10.30pm as they are projected first on the walls of the Centre Culturel Irlandais, and then on our Merrion Square facade from 8pm. 

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An expressionistic painting.

Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory

Entry to our new exhibition will be free from 5pm - 7.45pm on Culture Night. Places are limited, and pre-booking is essential.

Booking for Culture Night will open at 12pm on Wednesday 15 September. 

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Nighttime photo of the exterior of the Merrion Square entrance to the National Gallery of Ireland with the windows illuminated and an outdoor sculpture silhouetted against the sky.

Brasserie Graf

A special spoken word and musical performance taking place in our Merrion Square forecourt from 6.30pm, performed by Brasserie Graf (Eve Parnell and Katerina Speranskaya).

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