Shadow puppets at the National Gallery of Ireland

Education Department

Our core remit is to provide a year-round public programme of participation, engagement and learning events connected to the public building, the national collection and temporary exhibitions.

We aim to provide many access points for our diverse audiences, and we value the transformative, complex and curious qualities inherent in art education. We believe that the learning process can be a rewarding experience with the power to provoke positive change whether through a one-off tour or a lasting scheme.

Our vision is to inspire, encourage and support learning through art in a positive and inclusive environment.

Students drawing in the gallery. © National Gallery of Ireland.
Maser, Brian Fay and Dragana Jurisic viewing the exhibition ‘Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry’ at the National Gallery of Ireland

Special Projects

Read about the Education Department's artist residency programme, music collaborations and more.

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Canaletto (1697-1768), 'The Grand Canal with Santa Maria della Salute', c.1729-30, c.1733. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Canaletto \ Education, learning and engagement programme

Delve deeper into the art of eighteenth-century Venice with our programme of education events.

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Other Events and Activities

In addition to the core education and public programme, the Education Department also participates in many festivals and programmes, runs national events, offers bespoke performances, curates education exhibitions and commissioned activities. Some of our broader activities include:

  • National Drawing Day
  • Culture Night
  • Heritage Week
  • Seachtaine Na Gaelige
  • Maths Week Ireland
  • Dublin One City One Book
  • Dublin Literary Festival
  • Bram Stoker Festival
  • Fighting Words
  • Dublin Fringe Festival
  • Open House Dublin
  • Children’s Book Festival
  • Zeminar
  • Light + Colour: Responses to the National Collection, IADT Exhibition
  • Imagining Ireland in 2116, All-Island Children’s Art Competition Exhibition (Collaboration with DES)
  • OUTing the Past: The Festival of LGBT History

We welcome the opportunity to connect with new audiences. E [email protected] T 01 6633505