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.

Upcoming special events

Sat 17 Nov



Explore issues of home, colonialism, censorship and freedom of speech, and how they matter to young people in Ireland today. Curated by young people, for young people.

Millennium Wing Studio Free. Booking essential

Thurs 29 Nov


Curious Connections: Postgraduate Study Day

From post-colonialism to environmental activism, via art history and zoology, this interdisciplinary study day will present research in progress from postgraduate students. Make new connections and expect stimulating discussion.

Lecture Theatre Free. Booking essential

Sun 2 Dec


Jonathan Swift Festival \ Writing Of(f) Class

Poets Stephen James Smith and Jessica Trainor, writer Frankie Gaffney, singer Jess Kavanagh and author June Caldwell, discuss the transformative power of the arts as a tool for cultural visibility.

Lecture Theatre Free. Booking essential

Sat 12 Jan 2019


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.

Millennium Wing Studio


Booking essential. Booking opens 12 Nov.

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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