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Visual Art: Accessible Events at The National Gallery in March

7 - 26 Mar 2024, 5:30 pm - 1:00 pm (Past)

The National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2



There are several fantastic accessible events coming up at the National Gallery in March 2024.

Hard of Hearing Tour of Turning Heads

Thursday 7 March 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Location: Courtyard, National Gallery of Ireland

This free tour, exploring some highlights of the Gallery’s permanent collection and our new exhibition, Turning Heads: Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer, is for individuals who are hard of hearing or have hearing impairments. This tour is fully accessible to people who are hard of hearing and use a tour guide system with T-loop capabilities.

Meet your tour guide in our Courtyard, near the Merrion Square information desk. This tour takes place at 5.30pm on the first Thursday of every month.

Irish Sign Language Tour of Turning Heads
Thursday 14 March 6pm to 7pm

Location: Courtyard, National Gallery of Ireland

Join the Gallery’s Irish Sign Language tour guides for a look at highlights from at highlights from our collection, and from our new exhibition Turning Heads: Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer.  As the Gallery endeavours to make our activities and events accessible to the deaf community, we wish to welcome members of the ISL community to the Gallery. This tour is exclusively in Irish Sign Language and will not have any translation available.

Meet your tour guide in our Courtyard, near the Merrion Square information desk. This tour takes place at 6.00pm on the second Thursday of every month.

Audio Described Tour of Turning Heads
Thursday 21 March 6pm to 7pm

Location: Courtyard, National Gallery of Ireland

Join the Gallery’s highly trained tour guides for an audio described exploration of new exhibition Turning Heads: Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Visitors will be guided through key parts of the Gallery building and focus on several highlights on display incorporating audio description and discussion. Devised specifically to enrich the experience of visually impaired visitors to the Gallery. This tour is fully accessible to people who are hard of hearing and use a tour guide system with T-loop capabilities.

Meet your tour guide in our Courtyard, near the Merrion Square information desk. This tour takes place at 6.00pm on the third Thursday of every month.

Curator’s Introductory Talk: Osborne’s The Guinness Portrait. 
Tuesday 26 March 1pm to 2pm 

Location: Zoom

Join exhibition curator Dr Brendan Rooney for a free online talk about our new exhibition Walter Frederick Osborne: The Guinness Portrait.

This free talk will take place online via Zoom, a link will be sent via email to all ticketholders before the event

The talk will be recorded and made available on the Gallery’s YouTube channel until the exhibition ends. This event will be accompanied by an Irish sign language interpreter and will be captioned. Booking closes an hour before the event is scheduled to begin. Please contact education@ngi.ie with any queries. This talk is presented by the Gallery’s Education Department in collaboration with the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland.

February’s Curator’s Introductory Talk: Turning Heads
Location: Youtube

Discover more about the exhibition Turning Heads with February’s Curator’s Introductory Talk with exhibition Curator Dr Lizzie Marx. This ambitious exhibition explores early modern artists’ obsession with the human face. The word ‘tronie’, no longer in common usage, literally translates as ‘face’. In art, the term referred to small and playful paintings of heads, which became very popular in the Low Countries in the early seventeenth century. Unlike portraits, these pictures were unconcerned with the identity of the sitter. Their true topic was the face, its morphology, expression, and lighting. Turning Heads traces the emergence of this art historical phenomenon in the sixteenth century and culminates with its heyday in the work of such giants as Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Johannes Vermeer.

The exhibition will feature examples of their work, and of many other celebrated Dutch and Netherlandish artists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries who were fine exponents of the tronie and head studies. These include Anthony van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens, Michael Sweerts, and Adriaen van Ostade.

This talk is now available on the National Gallery of Ireland Youtube channel. This talk has ISL interpretation and is captioned.

Read the National Gallery’s visitor guide for details of what to expect on your visit to the Gallery.

Image: Johannes Vermeer, Girl with the Red Hat – detail. Andrew W. Mellon Collection. Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Anthony van Dyck, Study of a Child’s Head. Hohenbuchau Collection, on permanent loan to Liechtenstein. The Princely Collections, Vienna.

Walter Frederick Osborne (1859-1903), Mary Guinness and her Daughter Margaret, 1898
Heritage Gift, 2023. National Gallery of Ireland Collection.

Peter Paul Rubens, Head Study of an Old Woman Seen from the Front. © The Phoebus Foundation, Antwerp, Belgium.


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