Drawing Day 2020: Live events

Some of our partners have organised events taking place exclusively on Saturday, 16 May. 

Browse the table below to see what's on offer. All are free, but a couple require booking.


Glór, Ennis

Learn how to draw a beautifully detailed Irish hare, with artist Marie Connole.

For teens and adults

Tune in on Glór's Facebook Live


The Glucksman, Cork

Learn some basic sketching techniques, with artist Kevin O'Brien.

All ages

Tune in on The Glucksman's Facebook page


National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks

Create animations inspired by museum objects, with Paper Panther animation studio.

For families

Tune in on the Museum's website


Garter Lane Arts Centre

Virtual drawing workshop with Don Conroy

For ages 16+



National Library of Ireland

Join Jennifer Duffy for a short talk about various portraits of Seamus Heaney.

All ages

Tune in on Facebook


Holly Pereira

Join illustrator Holly Pereira for an informal chat, and a mini lettering workshop.

For teens and adults

Tune in on Twitch.tv

2pm - 4pm

National Design and Craft Gallery

Drop-in online and get involved in various workshops happening throughout the day!

All ages

Get involved on the NDCG's website


Presentation Arts Centre & Wexford Arts Centre

Learn how to make your own charcoal and how to draw with it, with artist David Begley. A workshop for adults.

For adults

Register for this workshop on Zoom

2pm - 3pm

Science Gallery Dublin

Explore drawing through an interactive zine-making makeshop.

For ages 15+

Register for this workshop here


Northern Ireland War Memorial

Create drawings studies of objects from the museum, with artist Hannah Ferguson.

All ages

Tune in on the museum's Facebook Live

3pm - 4.30pm


Take part in a drawing workshop, with artist Cara Farnan.

For teens and adults

Register for this workshop on Zoom

A young boy holds up the artwork he created a drop-in family workshop in the National Gallery of Ireland.
A detail of dirty hands after a charcoal art class. © National Gallery of Ireland.

All-day activities

All of these wonderful museums, galleries, arts centres, organisations and artists have created video tutorials, activities, talks and workshops for you to enjoy at any time.

Click on any of the links below to start exploring:  

Butler Gallery, Kilkenny / Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry / The Chester Beatty Library / Crawford Art Gallery, Cork / Creative Spark, Louth / The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon / Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane / F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge / Fermanagh County Museum / Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford / Glebe House and Gallery, Letterkenny / Glór, Ennis / Glucksman, Cork /  Kerry County Museum, Tralee / Lismore Castle Arts / Little Museum of Dublin / The Luan Gallery, Athlone / Mid-Antrim Museum at The Braid, Ballymena / National Design & Craft Gallery / National Library of Ireland / National Museum of Ireland - Collins Barracks / National Museums NI, Ulster Museum / National Print Museum / Natural History Museum / Northern Ireland War Memorial / Presentation Arts Centre, Wexford / Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin / Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare / Science Gallery, Dublin / Solstice Arts Centre, Navan Temple Bar Gallery + Studios / Tin Jug Studio, Birr / United Arts Club / West Cork Arts Centre / Wexford Arts Centre

Don't forget to follow the hashtag #NationalDrawingDay on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for all the updates!

Make sure to tag your own creations with #NationalDrawingDay



National Drawing Day is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

National Drawing Day is the National Gallery of Ireland’s contribution to ICOM’s International Museum Day.