Rhapsody in Blue and Gold

Summer is here and we have a fun series of workshops and events for children, teens and adults as part of our exhibition Lapis and Gold: The Story of the Ruzbihan Qur’an 15 April – 28 August 2016. This beautiful manuscript comes from southwestern Iran and dates from c. 1550.

Kids and Teens July-August

Our events include our annual Silk Worm Summer Club 11-15 July (hurry up as places are limited!) and Chester Beatty’s Creative Lab for Teens 18-22 July with Iranian artist Roxana Manouchehri. Roxana will explore Iranian artistic traditions from pigment-making to page design, calligraphy and more.  We will finish the week off with our annual trip to Dublin Maker & Festival of Curiosity.

Adults July-August

Adults can join our curator of Lapis and Gold: The Story of the Ruzbihan Qur’an exhibition Dr Elaine Wright for talks about the manuscript on the 14 July and 13 August @ 1.10pm (free) or why not check out the Stylised Botanical Art workshop with Ida Mitrani on the 26 June (booking essential). Further events include Arabic calligraphy demonstration with Mustfa Ja’far on 16 July (free), an Arabic calligraphy workshop on the 17 July (booking essential), and Eslimi motifs workshop on the 21 August (booking essential).

CBL Is 1558, f.442b, detail, lower heading

We have lots of other events lined up including an afternoon of traditional Turkish music in July in addition to free public tours and film screenings. See What’s On for more details.

Farewell to our Fulbright Intern

We bid farewell to Fulbright intern Amanda Wagstaff who worked with the Education team from September 2015 – June 2016. We wish her every success for the future.



Creative Museum in Helsinki 1-3 June 2016

The Creative Museum Project team convened in Helsinki for a partner meeting and conference Creative Museum – A Gamified Conference for Makers, Museums and Independent Minds. Attendees were introduced to both local and European case studies of creative collaboration as well as a series of workshops for participants to experience different aspects of making and creativity. These included workshops with Museomix; Magic Carpet of Technology Tales with Museum of Technology; Music Robotics with Methackit; Noisepencil with Art & Craft School Robotti; Mechanical Exquisite Corpse with Mansteri; the synergy of art and mathematics in Islamic Art with Heritec and Chester Beatty Library