National Drawing Day 2024

Photo by Abe NeihumCredit

Saturday 18 May

Every year, the Gallery—together with dozens of museums, galleries, libraries and cultural organisations all over the island of Ireland—encourages people to get drawing on National Drawing Day.

This year we invite you into the Gallery to take part in free drawing events, or visit one of our partner organisations around the island of Ireland. Follow the hashtag #NationalDrawingDay on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for all the updates.

In the Gallery

Pop into the Gallery for fun and inspirational free events including a life-drawing session with artist Fintan Mahon, a workshop created by the Gallery’s active and dynamic Youth Panel, sketching tours, a family workshop with artist Mags Harnett, a drop-in Library and Archive display and more. 

Scroll down for more details - further events to be announced. 

Turning Heads: Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer

There will be free admission to our exhibition at certain times during the day: 9.15am - 10.45am and 4pm - 5.30pm. Advance booking is essential. Book your tickets here. 


Across the island of Ireland

We are very excited to have dozens of partners on board again this year! Click on the links below to explore our partners' plans for National Drawing Day 2024.

An Chead Tine, Kilkenny \ Ardgillan Castle \ Artnet DLR (DLR Artists Network) \ Backwater Artists Group \ Birr Theatre and Arts Centre \ Butler Gallery \ Cavan County Museum \  Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry \ Clare County MuseumCrawford Art Gallery \ Creative Places Tipperary TownCreative Spark \ Draíocht Dublinia \ Farmleigh House and EstateF.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio \ Fota House, Arboretum and Garden \ Garter Lane Arts Centre \ Gerard Byrne StudioGlebe House and Gallery \ Glór \ The Glucksman, Cork \ Highlanes Gallery \ Hugh Lane Gallery \ Hunt Museum \ IMMA \ International Literature Festival Dublin \ Johnstown Castle, Estate, Museum and Gardens \ Lismore Castle Arts \ National Gallery of Ireland \ National Library of Ireland \ National Museums NI Ulster Museum \ National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology \ National Museum - Decorative Art and Military HistoryNational Print Museum \ Nenagh Arts CentreNewry and Mourne MuseumNorthern Ireland War Memorial \ Presentation Centre EnniscorthyRathfarnham Castle \ Riverbank Arts Centre \ RUA RED \ Schoolhouse For Art \ Seamus Ennis Arts CentreSolstice Arts Centre \ Southpaw Art Studio \ South Tipperary Arts CentreTemple Bar Gallery + StudiosThe DockThe Luan Gallery \ The Pearse MuseumUilinn West Cork Arts Centre \ United Arts Club \ Wexford Arts Centre


Drawing Day events:

Drawing activities to try at home: