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 over three key strands: the National Gallery and the National Collection, Temporary Exhibitions, Unique Learning Projects and Independent Arts Education Activities.

We aim to stimulate debate and dialogue with art processes, contexts and discourse and we value the transformative, complex and curious qualities inherent in art education. We believe this 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.

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)

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