If you’ve got a passion or even a healthy interest in painting and history then you may want to consider marking National Drawing Day at Glasnevin Cemetery. National Drawing Day is an annual countrywide initiative created by the National Gallery of Ireland. It aims to inspire people to get in touch with their creative side. In order to do the occasion justice, we will be hosting a bespoke event which focuses on some key figures in Irish art who reside at the cemetery. This will be followed by a drawing/sketching tutorial. Glasnevin tour guide, Bridget Sheerin will be giving visitors a specially curated tour of the cemetery for the first half of the event.
Some highlights of the tour include:
A stop at the Sigerson monument, a specially crafted monument dedicated to the leaders of 1916 designed by Dora Sigerson Shorter
A look at some work from Sir Thomas Farrell who was president of the Royal Hibernian Academy and a sculptor
An introduction to Patrick Tuohy (RHA) who painted John Stanislaus Joyce (also buried at Glasnevin) father of James Joyce
A look at wartime artists and the art that reflects this period in the cemetery
Paul D’Arcy will lead the drawing session. As an artist he attended NCAD and DCAD art colleges in Dublin studying fine arts. He also spent time in the National Gallery of Ireland during the 1980’s copying artwork from its collection. Paul D’Arcy is founder of the Dublin Plein Air Painting Festival, a member of the Visual Artists Ireland, Plein Eire, founder of the SOS National Exhibition and was a sculptural nominee for the Cothu awards.
Dates: May 20th
Times: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin