Culture Night at the National Gallery of Ireland

Enjoy the national collection alongside live art at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Presented in collaboration with the French Embassy in Ireland, take part in our headline event Painting Mirror, an interactive live digital art display that puts you in the frame of your own masterpiece on a grand scale as we project your portrait, cityscape or landscape onto our historical façade in Merrion Square. 

Kids and adults alike can get involved onsite with our photo booth and have your portrait created in real time. Or if you are not able to be here in person, then from anywhere in Ireland, France and beyond you can participate by sending your photograph of a landscape or cityscape, along with your name, email and the location of the scene in the photograph to [email protected]. Photographs will be accepted from the 1st September until the 19th September at 5.30pm. The people whose photograph will be included in the projection will be informed on Wednesday 21st of September.

On Culture night, the selected photographs and portraits will be projected onto our historical façade in Merrion Square, first the original unedited photograph and then the photograph will be mirrored in the art styles of Claude Monet, Mainie Jellett or Harry Clarke to name but a few. You can watch it live in person or watch it on our Culture Night Facebook live, no matter which way, you will be able to watch your landscape, cityscape or portrait appearing on our wall styled as one of our collection masterpieces.

Along with Painting Mirror be sure to join one of our fascinating tours to learn more about the highlights of the collection or stop by Ireland’s favourite painting, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs. Visit contemporary artist Hughie O’ Donoghue’s unique artworks at Original Sins in the Gallery’s iconic Shaw Room. Or pop in to the Print Gallery for a chance to see treasures from the Rijksmuseum by Rembrandt and other important Dutch Masters. The Gallery Café and Gallery Shop will be open until 8.30pm, and the 53.3 Degrees pop-up café will open until 9.30pm serving snacks. Painting Mirror will be on display outdoors starting at 8pm until 11pm with the photo booth being available from 7.30pm. 

Gareth Quinn Redmond will be performing from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Since releasing his debut album Laistigh den Ghleo alongside the first reissue of Satoshi Ashikawa’s seminal record Still Way, Gareth Quinn Redmond’s work has continued to be inspired by the concept of Kankyō Ongaku, Environmental Music.

This concept runs throughout Gareth’s approach to writing, which predominantly focuses on building and sustaining a connection between the listener and their environment.

2022 will see the release of 3 new albums out on Hidden Harmony Recordings and WRWTFWW Records.