Summer Time is here – What’s On May-August 2018

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Our line-up for May-August is now available online as part of Miniature Masterpiece: The Coetivy Hours (9 March – 2 September 2018). We have a number of wonderful events inspired by this 15th century illuminated prayer book. Join us for workshops for children, teens and adults, lunchtime talks, music performances and film screenings.  Please note that booking is required for the workshops.

Highlights include art workshops for adults exploring patterns and colours as part of the Bealtaine Festival with Debora Ando and embroidery with artist Phil Stewart. We celebrate National Drawing Day with our team of art facilitators, visitors can experience our drop-in drawing sessions with Roxana Manouchehri on Sundays from 1-4pm and we will be showing films Once Upon a Time in the West and Finian’s Rainbow. (booking required for the workshops).

Highlights include art workshops for adults exploring patterns and colours as part of the Bealtaine Festival with Debora Ando and embroidery with artist Phil Stewart. We celebrate National Drawing Day with our team of art facilitators, visitors can experience our drop-in drawing sessions with Roxana Manouchehri on Sundays from 1-4pm and we will be showing films Once Upon a Time in the West and Finian’s Rainbow. (booking required for the workshops).

Other events include lunch time talks with guests including Andrew Thompson and Sydney Thomson on the Return of the Giant Killer Centipede: The Conservation of the Tawara Toda Handscroll, Friday 29 June @ 1.10pm and talks by guest speakers on the Coetivy manuscript. See www.cbl.ie for more details

 

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Diana Darke lunch time talk Thursday 26 April 2018 @ 1.10pm

Diana Darke. For HOME.

The Library is delighted to welcome author, Middle East cultural expert, Arabist and BBC broadcaster this Thursday 26 April 2018 @ 1.10pm to give a talk Islam and Christianity: Divinity Shared or Divided?. Free no booking required.

Diana will also travel to Cork Book Festival in Triskel Arts Centre to talk about Merchant of Syria, her latest book. She is an author, Middle East cultural expert, Arabist, BBC broadcaster and journalist. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and Al Araby. She graduated from Wadham College, Oxford, in 1977, where she studied German and Philosophy/Arabic, then went on to work for the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and Racal Electronics Plc as an Arabic consultant. In 2005, Diana purchased a 17th-century courtyard house in the Old City of Damascus, which enabled her to become deeply embedded in Syrian society and culture. Diana has returned six times since the Rebellion began in March 2011 and her links inside the country are deep and ongoing.

 

What’s on this January – April 2018

 

Celebrate the New Year with our public programme of events this January-April 2018 in the Chester Beatty Library.

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Scroll painting by Hoi Shan Mak

Why not join us and learn about our collections? We have a number of art and creative workshops for children, teens, adults, families and friends as well as films, lunch time talks, music performances, storytelling to name but a few.  Please note that booking is required for the workshops.

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Francisco Goya (1746-1828) What Courage! (Que valor!) (detail). The Disasters of War (Los desastres de la guerra) 1810-20, published 1892, Madrid. CBL Wep 1769

Our exhibition Francisco Goya: The Disasters of War closes on 21 January 2018. Dr Peter Cherry, Trinity College Dublin will talk about Goya’s Disasters of War on Thursday 18 January at 1.10pm.

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Other highlights include Chinese New Year (16 February – 4 March) and we have a number of events booked as in collaboration with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival for adults, children and teens.

Professor Yan Yi Blake will talk about Chinese New Year traditions on Saturday 24 February at 2pm as part of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, supported by the Asia Market.

The Experience Japan Festival makes its annual return in April and the Library will collaborate with the Japanese Film Festival and Japanese Embassy for a film screening on Sunday 15 April at 2pm.

For more details of our programme see What’s On

Event Highlights this September-December 2017

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Francisco Goya, What Courage! (Que valor!). The Disasters of War (Los desastres de la guerra), 1810-20, published 1892, Madrid, CBL Wep 1769

Check out our September-December programme online and join us for a series of events including art and creative workshops for children, teens, adults, families and friends as well as films, lunch time talks, music performances, storytelling to name but a few. Our upcoming exhibition Francisco Goya: The Disasters of War is from the 6th October 2017 – 21 January 2018.

Highlights include art workshops for adults exploring Goya-inspired techniques using light, shadow and shade with artist Lorraine Lawlor, a portrait workshop with Roxana Manouchehri, screenings of contemporary Spanish films such as Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, (booking required for the workshops).

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona, courtesy of Access Cinema Ireland

Other events include Culture Night on Friday 22 September (open until 10pm) with storytelling for families at 6.15pm and adults at 8.15pm led by renowned artist Xanthe Gresham accompanied by musician Arash Moradi.

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Xanthe Gresham, storyteller

The Library opens its doors during Open House with behind the scene tours led by our Head of Collections Jessica Baldwin on Sunday 15 October at 12.30pm (booking essential on Open House)

There are a number of festival-related celebrations throughout the calendar including the Mid-Autumn Festival in partnership with Asia Market, Dublin Arabic Film Festival, Diwali concert with the Indian Classical Music Society of Ireland, Dublin Greek Film Festival and Georgian Youth Ensemble Mixed Melodies for Christmas. You can find more details of these events here.

 

Conversations on Art: Dementia-Friendly Tours

Conversations on Art: Dementia-friendly tours at the Chester Beatty Library

The month of May is upon us and  the Chester Beatty Library is celebrating the annual Bealtaine Festival, celebrating creativity as we age. This month we will launch a newly designed tour programme, Conversations on Art, designed for people living with dementia and their loved ones. Visitors are invited to join us for a cup of tea/coffee in the Silk Road Café, where everyone can relax and enjoy a light conversation in the contemplative and airy surroundings. In the galleries, tours aim to inspire and entertain with a combination of information on the collection, and reflections on  visitor’s own impressions, opinions and interests. These tours are held once a month with rotating themes.

Monday 29 May 2017, 12 noon, Chinese Art Tour

On Monday 29 May we will explore symbols in Chinese art. Our Guide Joan, will take us on a journey through imperial China and unfold hidden meanings of colours, shapes and icons as seen in the  galleries. Participants are encouraged to contribute with their reflections and observations. More tours are scheduled for June, July and August.

The Library is part of the Azure Network, an association of cultural organisations and aims for a deeper involvement by cultural institutions for those living with dementia and their family members or carers. It is based on the Meet me at MoMA programme, developed and based at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The tours are free but limited to a maximum of ten participants.

For further details and bookings please contact Heidi on tel: 014070766.

The Art of Japan

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Our line-up for May-August is now available online as part of The Art of Friendship: Japanese Surimono Prints exhibition (3 March – 27 August 2017). We have a number of collaborative events kindly supported by the Embassy of Japan in Ireland. Join us for workshops for children, teens and adults, lunchtime talks, music performances and film screenings.

 

Highlights include a haiku for beginners workshop with Eriko Tsugawa (Bealtaine Festival celebration), a screening of Hidden Fortress by Kurosawa, Scorcese’s most recent film Silence, popular Japanese storytelling and origami for families,  as well as a series of Japanese art and music-related events (booking required for the workshops). See What’s On for more details.

For our younger audiences, we have our annual Silk Worm Summer Club Special in July – Japanese Summer – for children aged 6-11 years. Teens aged 12-17 years will work with Maker-in-Residence Corinne Okada Takara from the USA and local artist Lorraine Lawlor to create their own Japanese and Celtic-inspired friendship knots and manga creations. See our Teen Lab page for more details.

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Other key events include our new dementia-friendly tours Conversations in Art starting at the end of May; Javanese music with local orchestra Gamelan Jam Delepan, National Drawing Day and monthly lunchtime talks and in-focus tours.  See What’s On for more details.

Spring Time in the Chester Beatty Library

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Spring is here and we have a great line-up of events as part of The Art of Friendship: Japanese Surimono Prints exhibition (3 March – 27 August 2017) as well as workshops for children, teens and adults, lunchtime talks, music performances and film screenings.

Highlights include a Japanese printmaking demonstration with Hiroko Imada to celebrate the Experience Japan Festival on Saturday 8 April (free, no booking required) and embossing workshop on Sunday 9 April (booking required). See What’s On for more details.

Teens will work with the Silk Road Cafe and discover Middle Eastern food as well as how to make kofta (savoury meat, cheese or vegetarian pieces). Teens Club 2

Families are welcome to watch an all-time favourite Peter Pan on Sunday 30 April, 2pm (free, no booking required).

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We have an action-packed summer programme and watch out for our pending May-August 2017 newsletter out soon.

What’s on in the Chester Beatty Library February-April 2017

Our programme for February-April 2017 is full of activities and events to shake off those winter blues. Join us for events to celebrate the Chinese New Year including the award-winning film In the Mood for Love in February or a music performance with Farah Elle in March.

You can also catch our temporary exhibition The Art of Friendship: Japanese Surimono Prints 3 March – 27 August 2017 and other-related events. For those of you who wish to explore Japanese-inspired art we have workshops for children, teens and adults. Print maker Hiroko Imada will focus on traditional woodblock printing in her free demo with a follow-up embossing workshop (booking essential). Don’t forget to check the Experience Japan Festival in April 2017. The Library will host a number of festival-related events.

For more details and other-related events including lunchtime talks, tours and films see What’s On

Maker in Residence December 2016

December 2016 ended on an experimental and creative note with a projection mapping installation by Maker in Residence Krisjanis Rijnieks. This residency is part of the Creative Museum project training initiative for both Makers and museums and provided both the Library and Maker with an opportunity to collaborate using digital technology, and co-create work in response to museum collections.  Krisjanis provided workshops for the Teens Lab, adults and local TOG Dublin Hackerspace community.

Special thanks to the Festival of Curiosity, Chocolate Factory and Mary Heffernan (Office of Public Works) for their support throughout this residency.

 

Creativity in the Chester Beatty Library

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What happens when a Maker comes into contact with a museum? A lot of creative ideas and initiatives occur as reflected in this short film capturing our two-day workshop in October; Museums and Makers Inspiring Each Other: Re-Imagining the Museum Experience for Makers, 1-2 October 2016.

We were joined by a dynamic, enthusiastic group of Makers from the local community as well as researchers, members of the cultural sector as well as independent arts practitioners. Collectively we looked at the Chester Beatty Library collections to spark ideas and explore how museums can provide inspiration for creativity. This was facilitated by Don Undeen, BoomHiFive, Georgetown University Maker Hub and Jenny Siung, Head of Education, Chester Beatty Library. On the second day Make Create Innovate, a local Maker organisation, facilitated a workshop exploring how museum objects can inspire the potential for workshops, products and collaborative creative processes.

Both Kate Delaney and Siobhan Clancy of Make Create Innovate travelled to Cap Sciences, Bordeaux the following week to take up their two-week Maker in Residence and as a result, will facilitate workshops in the Chester Beatty Library based on their time in France.

This workshop is part of the Creative Museum project, a three year EU funded training project (Erasmus + 2014-2017) exploring how museum staff can up-skill in creativity, innovation, creative collaborations with local Maker communities and embed these ideas in their public programmes for audiences.

Learning for All – Our Public Programme

If you are interested in finding out more about the Library’s collections why not check our What’s On page?

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Hong Ling: A Retrospective exhibition 

We have events including our Silk Worm Club children aged 6-11 years, Chester Beatty’s Creative Lab for Teens, art workshops for adults, guided tours, intercultural language tours in Japanese, Mandarin and Irish, lunch time talks, films, music and pick-up colouring activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enchanting Autumn

Hong Ling, 2014 © Hong Ling. Courtesy Soka Art

A Peak of Reds, Hong Ling, 2014
© Hong Ling. Courtesy Soka Art

Our programme for September-December 2016 is full of activities and events that may whet your appetite. Dip your toe in our series of music events including Thai Music and Dance or Classical Indian Music this October.

You can also catch our temporary exhibition Hong Ling: A Retrospective 21 October 2016 – 29 January 2017 and other-related events. For those of you who wish to explore Chinese-inspired art we have workshops for children, teens and adults. Artist Lorraine Lawlor will focus on Western oil painting and Chinese landscape painting. Calligrapher Li Jia will join us in November for a public demonstration and workshop.

For more details and other-related events including lunchtime talks, tours and films see What’s On

The Creative Museum project Brighton September 2016

The Creative Museum project team convened in Brighton for a partner meeting and workshop Building a Creative Museum Together. Attendees were introduced to both local and project partner case studies of creative collaboration as well as a series of quick-fire workshops for participants to experience different aspects of how to develop a creative museum. These included workshops with Kevin Bacon, Brighton Museum, Jenny Siung, Chester Beatty Library, Marilyne Basilic & Juliette Giraud, Museomix, Sejul Malde, Culture 24, Deborah Hustic, Radiona Makerspace, and facilitated by Don Undeen of Georgetown University and Jo Anne Sunderland Bowe of Heritec UK.  The event was part of Brighton Digital Festival.

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Workshop in action

Creative Museum project 2016. Photo: Jenny Siung

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Creative Museum project. Photo: Jenny Siung

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Creative Museum project 2016. Photo: Jenny Siung

Look out for our forthcoming maker-in-residence as part of the Creative Museum project initiative. A number of makers are traversing the skies to work in partner museums including the Finnish Museums Association, Trondheim Museums (Norway), Cap Sciences (Bordeaux), Derby Silk Mill (UK) and of course Chester Beatty Library (5-12 December 2016).