Friends Fortnight 2021

A visitor in front of Thomas Couture's painting. © National Gallery of Ireland.
© National Gallery of Ireland. Credit

Two weeks of inspiring virtual events exclusively for members

Become a member of the Friends today and be a part of it!

Friends Fortnight offers members deeper engagement with the national collection through daily inspiring events. This year, we're moving online, which means you can be part of Friends Fortnight wherever you are as we bring the Gallery and guest speakers into your home!

All events are free for Friends, but booking is required for most. Live events will be delivered via Zoom, and video lectures will be emailed to Friends.

Scroll down to see the full schedule and book your place. You can also download a PDF of the schedule here.

Week 1 | 15 – 21 February

15 February, 1pm | Live online talk
Curator’s Coffee: Hear from the Gallery’s Curator of Italian and Spanish Art, Dr Aoife Brady.
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16 February, 1pm | Video lecture and event
Elizabethan Music & Art: Join Adrian Le Harivel, Curator of British Art, and Blánaid Murphy, Director of the Palestrina Choir, as they pair Elizabethan music and paintings from the forthcoming exhibition Glamour and Governance.
No booking required. Video will be sent to members via email on the day.

17 February, 6pm | Live online talk
Researching your Irish family history: Join Claire Bradley as she shares the basics of how to research your Irish family history online. We will discuss the censuses of 1901 and 1911, civil records such like births, deaths and marriages, and church parish records. Examples of these records and documents will be illustrated with individuals and paintings from the Irish art world and people associated with the Gallery.
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18 February, 1pm | Video lecture
Irish Art: Join Dr Katy Milligan for a look at some of the Irish art collection, with a focus on works inspired by the locations of Irish Landmark Trust properties.
No booking required. Video will be sent to members via email on the day.

19 February, 2pm | Live online talk
Behind the Scenes: Join members of the Gallery's Library & Archives team as they share fascinating stories about objects, with a focus on the Source project.
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20 February, 12.30pm | Live online talk
LGBTQIA+ Tour: Join Kate Drinane for a virtual tour of the Gallery's collection exploring LGBTQIA+ related artworks.
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21 February, 2pm | Live online talk
Chester Beatty Gift: Hear Valerie Alexander discuss two artworks from the Chester Beatty Gift: Jean-Léon Gérôme's Guards at the Door of the Tomb and The Gulf of Aqaba.
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Week 2 | 22 – 28 February

22 February, 1pm | Live online talk
Vermeer & the Art of Genre Painting: Hear from Dr Adriaan Waiboer, Vermeer expert and former Head of Collections and Research at the National Gallery of Ireland, now based in a luxury chateau in the Dordogne, France.
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23 February, 1pm | Live online talk 
A Fireside Picasso: The Máire McNeill Sweeney Bequest. Joanne Drum discusses a generous bequest to the Gallery.
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24 February, 6pm | Live online talk 
Desmond Morris in Conversation: Meet Desmond Morris, the world-renowned zoologist, author and painter. In conversation with Donal Maguire, Curator, ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art.
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25 February, 6pm | Live online talk 
Annual Director's Lecture: A talk by Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland.
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26 February, 2pm | Live online talk 
Curator’s Talk: Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints and Drawings discusses the forthcoming exhibition Living with Art: Picasso to Celmins, a British Museum touring exhibition. 
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27 February, 1pm | Video lecture 
Electronic Sheep: Brenda Aherne and Helen Delany discuss their internationally renowned designer label Electronic Sheep. 
No booking required. Video will be sent to members via email on the day.

28 February, 12.30pm | Live online event 
Movement, Meditation and Mindfulness: Gentle movement, meditation and mindfulness inspired by the collection with Mary Dowling. Ideal for those who have been working from home and need an opportunity to stretch neck and shoulders.
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Friends Fortnight is a series of online events exclusively for members of the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland. Not a member yet? Join today and enjoy the full Friends Fortnight programme of events for free!



Tips for booking Friends Fortnight events

Q - I haven’t received the Zoom details
A – Have you booked your place for the event? The Zoom link and sign-in codes will be in the booking confirmation that you receive by email.
Q – I have booked for an event but haven’t received the Zoom details.
A – Please check your email spam or junk folder.
Q – I have received the Zoom link but when I click on it nothing happens.
A – Please ‘copy and paste’ the link into your internet browser.
Q – The Zoom link is still not working
A – Please log into your Zoom account and type in the Webinar ID and Passcode for the event.
Q – I can’t log into my account on the National Gallery of Ireland website to book the event 
A – Are you using the email address that you have registered with us? If you are not sure which email address is linked to your membership account please contact [email protected]
Q – I have forgotten my password
A – Please click ‘Forgot your Password?’ to reset your password.


Contact us 

If you have any further issues please contact us on [email protected]
(You can also phone 01 6619877, but please note that if we are on a call you will not be able to get through to us, so for that reason it is better to email us and we can immediately send you the link).

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