Oil painting of spectators crowding along the quays of the River Liffey watching a swimming race
Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957), The Liffey Swim, 1923. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.


Friendly Workshop

29 July 11.15 - 12.00

Shaw Room

Free, but places are limited so booking is essential. 

Book here

This free workshop is especially for children who thrive in smaller groups.

Our free friendly workshops provide space for children to engage as they wish whether they be sensory seeking or avoidant. They are suitable for children who may find it difficult to regulate but who would enjoy our regular busy drop-in workshops. With a focus on exploring creativity, our experienced facilitators will take a fun and friendly approach to leading the session. A variety of art-making processes and experiences will be offered to suit your child’s preferences.

The workshops will consider the senses – touch, smell, sight. They will aim to bring to life pieces in the collection as a source of inspiration to create their own artworks. Our theme for these sessions is the silver medal that was won by the artist Jack B. Yeats at the Paris Olympics in 1924. The medal is currently on display in room 14.

All forms of communication are welcome at the National Gallery of Ireland. Our workshop facilitators have received training in AAC. An activity specific communication board has been created for the events but feel free to bring your own form of AAC.

Please note:

  • Places are limited, so advance booking is essential at the link above
  • Booking is only required for children. Parents, guardians and carers who wish to accompany their children do not need to reserve a space.
  • Ticket-holders will be emailed in advance with information about what to expect during the session.
  • These sessions are very popular, so please let us know if you can't attend so that we can give the place to another family. For further information, please contact Caomhán at [email protected]

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