It has been the maddest few weeks of work for a very long time…
For many years now I have run cultural programs for schools and colleges, or led one-off tours for schools and language schools, of history or art history, around the city of Dublin. Sometimes I take them to the National Museum, or the Natural History Museum (see my post on this magical place from a few months back) or to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral here in Dublin, to teach them about Irish History, (more posts on this if you look)
Or – best of all – to the National Gallery to teach students about how to Read a Painting, about the sign language of old art and the symbols of saints and so on; about how to begin to de-construct a painting, about the older conventions of depiction, and traditional ways that artists and painters built and constructed meaning within their work, through light, gesture, compositional tricks, through allegory, saintly attributes, symbols and iconography.
Now I’m striking out on my own, with my own little start-up business, lunching, no wait, launching a little start up tour business, Dublin Decoded http://dublindecoded.com/
We will aim to give the art, artefacts of Dublin real depth in terms of understanding the history and meaning, making history and art history more in depth, accessible and alive.
The last few weeks have all been about mastering the new website, designing flyers, working with designers, and learning a million other things. The site only really went live today. And now I can not wait. Please join us if you get the chance, and/or if you know people who might be interested or people who are coming to Dublin, please spread the word. Thank you.