OUTing the Past at the National Gallery of Ireland, 23 March 2019

Stephen Doyle (b. 1994), Dylan is ainm dom…, 2018. © Stephen Doyle.
Stephen Doyle (b. 1994), Dylan is ainm dom…, 2018. © Stephen Doyle.

The National Gallery of Ireland is proud to bring OUTing the Past: The Festival of LGBT Historyto Dublin for the first time on Saturday 23 March. 

In 2018, the Gallery launched dedicated LGBTQ+ themed tours and talks of the collection, offering Gallery visitors a new perspective and presenting the national collection through a LGBTQ+ lens. Our collaboration with OUTing the Past aims to continue this work, making the collection more accessible and the programme more representational, supporting our dedicated work to making the Gallery an inclusive and relevant space for all. 

The event at the Gallery, which is free to attend, will be opened by keynote Sara R. Phillips, Chair, Transgender Equality Network Ireland, followed by a fascinating morning of speakers including author and historian Brian Lacey, Rainer Schulze from the University of Essex and Katherine O’Donnell from UCD. 

Later in the day the Gallery’s refurbished wings and rooms will provide the setting for breakout sessions focusing on dialogue and engagement, with facilitators including Tonie Walsh (Irish Queer Archive), Joe Caslin (artist and activist) and Cathal Kerrigan (founding member of UCC Gay Society). To complement this programme and situate it firmly in the Gallery’s history, contributions will be made from members of the Gallery team. A public closing keynote from Panti Bliss and a performance from Glória, Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir in the Shaw room will round off the day.

LGBTQI+ themed tours take place at the Gallery every month. Tours are free, with no booking required.

OUTing the Past at the National Gallery of Ireland
Saturday 23 March 2019 / 11am – 5pm
Free admission, booking required


About OUTing the Past
OUTing the Past was established in 2012 to create a platform for research. Its aim is to highlight current work on LGBTQI identities and showcase this research. Previous conferences have attracted professional scholars at the cutting edge of research including: Alison Oram (Leeds Beckett), Charles Upchurch (Florida State University), Matt Cook (Birkbeck College, University of London) Susan Stryker (University of Arizona) and Stephen Whittle (Manchester Metropolitan University).