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5 Glossy Things To Do On Culture Night

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“Craft Your Own Culture Night at Home” is a series of online family workshops and activities which can be enjoyed from the comfort of home. For example, there’s a “Wild Ink Workshop” with illustrator Annie Hogg, from Cork, in which participants will learn how to make ink from hedgerow/garden or pre-compost plants. Join Roger Harley of Absolutely Pottery, Mayo, for an online workshop, demonstrating the art of pottery. Take part in one of a series of virtual workshops, including a plein air session with artist Mary Slevin, Co Laois, on creating work outdoors. There’s an opportunity to refresh your French language skills and knowledge too. The Alliance Francaise in Dublin is hosting a French culture night with quizzes and prizes to be won.

Learn how to focus on the present moment by capturing photographs mindfully in “Don’t Snap! With Artbeat”. This experience is not about taking “good” pictures. It’s about becoming aware of your surroundings and engaging with the natural world in a new way. A Zoom workshop with Julie Morrissy, from Dublin, invites beginners to write their first poem. Ahead of the annual celebration European Day of Languages (on September 26), there is a “Language Taster” session with the European Commission, which will provide 20-minute taster classes in Dutch, French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. For further information on all of these and the full programme, visit culturenight.ie.

The Wilder Townhouse is inviting the public to explore the stunning Victorian building, once a home for governesses. Discovering former residents and their captivating stories, the tour will also finish with a taste of one of its cocktail creations in the Townhouse’s exclusive Gin bar. Tours will take place from 5pm – 8pm, are free of charge, and by appointment only. As spaces are limited book in advance by emailing [email protected].

At Chester Beatty, several online events are taking place. “A Night at the Museum” is an online audio-tour special in which Chester Beatty’s curators will introduce special nighttime artworks from the collection. Join the crowds in Edo, modern Tokyo, for a summertime spectacle of light and sound in “Fireworks over Ry?goku Bridge” with Dr Mary Redfern. In the extensive programme are also tutorials and demonstrations. Learn more about Ikebana Japanese flower arrangement; this activity is designed to allow participants to consider colours, smells and textures, embrace the shapes of the wild and create an art piece. There’s also a Chinese Dragon Painting demonstration by artist Heather Gray. www.chesterbeatty.ie

Stauntons on the Green has a new permanent resident – an original Harry Clarke stained glass window installation, which brings to twelve the number of his acclaimed windows in Ireland. The boutique hotel, which relaunched last year after an impressive refurbishment, is inviting the public to view “Blessed Julie” which depicts a French nun who became the first Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, France. Stauntons, meanwhile, has a fascinating history with past residents from poet Gerard Manley Hopkins to politician Henry Grattan. www.stauntonsonthegreen.ie

Take in the drawings and watercolour paintings of Peter Murray in the Irish Georgian Society’s “Saving Graces: Conserving Ireland’s Architecture 2000 – 2020” exhibition, at the City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2. These provide a visual record of restoration projects supported by the Irish Georgian Society over the past 20 years through its chapters in the US and in London. While many are historic houses, there are also other structures, ranging from the seven-arched bridge at Trim, to the monumental O’Brien Column at Liscannor, and the ornamental gazebo overlooking the river Liffey at Leixlip. Classical gates at Mote Park in Roscommon and Saunderscourt in Co Wexford, also feature among projects supported. The exhibition is on view Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm. Admission is free. www.igs.ie

Finally, create your own Culture Night trail by buying The Dublin Art Book, The City Through the Eyes of Its Artists, edited by Emma Bennett. Portraying Dublin in paintings, drawings and illustrations by over 50 artists, it’s also an ideal souvenir or gift too.

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