Culture Night 2022 at the National Gallery of Ireland

Merrion Square facade of the National Gallery of Ireland building with an Impressionistic landscape projected on to the facade and two images overlayed - one of a pastel drawing by Degas and a photo of a landscape

Join us as we celebrate on Friday 23 September!

This year, we are delighted to host a very special interactive live digital art display, Painting Mirror, presented in collaboration with the French Embassy in Ireland. Get involved onsite with our photo booth and have your portrait created in real time and projected onto the facade of our historic wings at Merrion Square, or if you can't join us on the night, you can participate from wherever you are in the world, and watch it unfold on Facebook Live - find out more and get involved here, and watch it live online here from 8pm.

Other highlights of Culture Night at the National Gallery of Ireland include a performance by ambient musician Gareth Quinn Redmond, free guided tours of our collection and temporary exhibitions, and a creative workshop in our Atrium area. All our temporary exhibitions will be open on the night, and we'll have Ireland’s favourite painting, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, on display, too. The Gallery Café and Gallery Shop will be open until 8.30pm, and the 53.3 Degrees pop-up café in the Merrion Square forecourt will open until 9.30pm serving snacks.

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 and Gallery Café will be open until 8.30pm). You'll be able to watch Painting Mirror on our Merrion Square building from 8pm - 11pm, and the 53.3 Degrees pop-up café in the Merrion Square forecourt will be open until 9.30pm serving snacks.

Discover what we have planned this Culture Night below:

Merrion Square facade of the National Gallery of Ireland building with an Impressionistic landscape projected on to the facade and two images overlayed - one of a pastel drawing by Degas and a photo of a landscape

Painting Mirror

Presented in collaboration with the French Embassy in Ireland, take part in our headline event Painting Mirror this Culture Night, an interactive live digital art display that puts you in the frame of your own masterpiece on a grand scale as we project your portrait, cityscape or landscape onto our historical façade on Merrion Square. Find out more here

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Gareth Quinn Redmond

An ambient music set with musician Gareth Quinn Redmond from 6.30pm - 7.30pm on our Merrion Square forecourt. Find out more

People looking at a display of old, rare illustrated books

Library & Archive display

Drop by our Library Reading Room this Culture Night to see some highlights from the Library and Archive collection, including items from Jack B Yeats, Sir William Orpen, Mary Swanzy and Sir Denis Mahon among others. Find out more

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Laura O'Connell aka Lolz

Join us on our Merrion Square forecourt from 8pm - 11pm for a special DJ set from Laura O'Connell aka Lolz. Find out more.

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The Meeting on the Turret Stairs

This Culture Night, this romantic watercolour will be available to view in Room 20 from 6pm - 8pm. Find out more