Programmes for Young People (16-25)

Our exciting programme for young people connects our stunning collection with issues of contemporary relevance. Get involved in thought-provoking discussions and debates, and participatory hands-on activities. We weave together art, activism, science, politics, health and history.

Get creative, be inspired, stay connected.

Special events

Sat 12 Jan 

11am - 1pm

Portraiture: A Camera Click Away

Learn new tips and tricks for taking professional and artistic photos at this photography class for young people aged 15-25, with photographer Gavin Leane.

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Free. Limited spaces.

Sat 12 Jan 

12pm - 3pm


An afternoon of mindfulness and creativity for 15-25 year olds.

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Free. No booking required.

Sat 12 Jan 


Finding Power: Arts and Mental Health for Young People

Artist and activist Joe Caslin will examine his own practice and art that inspires him, connecting to the topic of mental health and the importance of awareness for young people.


Booking essential. Book online

A view of the Merrion Square entrance. © National Gallery of Ireland.

Regular events

One Thursday per month \ 4.30pm-8.30pm

Thursday Lates

Enjoy food and drink, live music, entertainment, tours, and nail art by Tropical Popical. 

Free. See upcoming dates 
Various dates


Discover your national art collection in a new way. Tour themes include LGBTQI+ and mindfulness.

Free. See upcoming tours


Find out more:
Contact Catherine O’Donnell T: 01 6633579 E: [email protected]

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Visitors drawing in the Maples and Calder Creative Space in the National Gallery of Ireland.

Maples and Calder Creative Space

Feeling inspired during your visit to the Gallery? Why not drop into our dedicated Maples and Calder Creative Space and create your own masterpiece! This space is for everyone and is open to all ages. Paper and colouring materials provided for free.

Where: Atrium