How to Read a Painting fun workshop: interpreting subjects & symbols at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Our last edition of this tour 26th October sold out weeks in advance so we have decided to run one more in 2017, in case potential guests were disappointed last time and wish to avail now.  It will run on Thursday evening of 16th November 2017.   Tickets for the public editions of the tour range… Read More How to Read a Painting fun workshop: interpreting subjects & symbols at the National Gallery of Ireland.

South-East Central historic walking tour, & visit No 6 Harcourt St old Sinn Féin HQ

Saturday 9th September, meeting Kildare Place, 1.30pm. Southeast Centre Gems: from Kildare Place then via a circuitous walk to No. 6 Harcourt Street. The first two-thirds of this walking tour cover some of my favourite gems and oddities in the south-east quarter of Dublin’s South Georgian Core. Forgotten educational history, and Soviet-style social realism on… Read More South-East Central historic walking tour, & visit No 6 Harcourt St old Sinn Féin HQ

Family & kids’ Treasure Hunt of Temple Bar Saturday 27 May.

Originally posted on Arran Q Henderson:
Designed and led by educationalist and art historian Arran Henderson, this unique activity combines traditional Treasure Hunt fun with an extra art-historical twist!   Our “treasures”  are  architectural decoration and decor “hidden in plain site”  on the historic buildings of Temple Bar.  As you’ll discover, they can be anything from…

Family & kids’ Treasure Hunt of Temple Bar Saturday 27 May.

Designed and led by educationalist and art historian Arran Henderson, this unique activity combines traditional Treasure Hunt fun with an extra art-historical twist!   Our “treasures”  are  architectural decoration and decor “hidden in plain site”  on the historic buildings of Temple Bar.  As you’ll discover, they can be anything from fish; horses, lions; dragons, to swords;… Read More Family & kids’ Treasure Hunt of Temple Bar Saturday 27 May.

Hugh Lane Gal to Grangegorman historic walking tour Sat 13 May, 11.30am.

Grangegorman has been well described as the “Forgotten” quarter of Dublin, perhaps unsurprising given the often grim history of workhouses, asylums and fever hospitals that cover -and historically define- this area. Accordingly it’s a district many of us barely know.  That’s all set to change with huge, city-shaping transformations afoot, massive new infrastructure, new transport… Read More Hugh Lane Gal to Grangegorman historic walking tour Sat 13 May, 11.30am.

Stalking the pages of history

Originally posted on Calmgrove:
Agostino Steffani Donna Leon The Jewels of Paradise Arrow Books 2013 (2012) Biographers are akin to stalkers: they remorselessly research the background to their victims, obsessively familiarise themselves with their subjects’ feats and foibles, and lurk around in their vicinity hoping to pick up tidbits of information to feed their fascination. So…