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The vision of the Irish Georgian Society is to conserve, protect and foster a keen interest and a respect for Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts. These aims are achieved through its scholarly and conservation education programmes, through its support of conservation projects and planning issues, and vitally, through its members and their activities.

'Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland' events programme - now open for booking!


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Engage in thought-provoking discussion with leading historians and experts while seated in the Knight of Glin Exhibition Room every Tuesday over the course of the exhibition. Lectures are free to attend and are seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuesday 19 June - Private landscapes: the demesne paintings of Thomas Roberts

Tuesday 26 June - William Burton Conyngham: Patron of the Arts in Georgian Ireland

Tuesday 10 July - Pioneering artists and builders: the Society of Artists and their downfall

Tuesday 17 July - Exhibiting the Irish Nude from the Society of Artists to Rosc

Tuesday 24 July - The contribution of foreign artists to the cultural and commercial life of eighteenth-century Dublin

Thursday 21 June, 6.00pm
In a rare chance to see two harpsichords side by side, Yonit Kosovske and Rachel Factor present a programme of repertoire both written for and transcribed for two harpsichords. Featuring works by such 18th century composers as Silvius Leopold Weiss, Vivaldi, Bach and more.

Booking required. Duration: 70 minutes. 

€18 IGS members / €22 non-members. Book online.

Saturday 7 July, 6.00pm
A selection of works for voice, recorder and basso continuo (harpsichord and cello) by eighteenth-century composers, many of whom had a connection with Dublin, including Handel, Geminiani, and Pepusch. The concert features cantatas and instrumental pieces, performed with a keen awareness of historical performance.

Booking required. Duration: 70 minutes. 

€18 IGS members / €22 non-members. Book online.


Children's workshop: Georgian play and puppetry
Drop into the City Assembly House for a hands-on workshop with Edel Cox. This family session will be a fun and creative exploration of the unique exhibition 'Exhiting Art in Georgian Ireland', including insights into Georgian life and culture. Children will learn how to make their own puppet to take home, inspired by the games of the Georgian era!

Booking required. Duration: 80 minutes.

Saturday 30 June, 11.00am - Book online.
Saturday 21 July, 11.00am - Book online.

Children's drawing workshop with illustrator Chris Judge
Award-winning illustrator Chris Judge will lead this children's drawing workshop in the City Assembly House. Inspired by the paintings in the exhibition, children will draw their own colourful masterpiece, which will be framed for them to take home. Parents are welcome to join in!

Suitable for children aged 3 and up. Booking required. Duration: 120 minutes (drop in and out).

Saturday 7 July, 11.00am - Book online.

Thursday 5 July, 6.30pm - Adult life drawing class with James Hanley RHA
Join renowned artist James Hanley after hours in the City Assembly House fior a live nude lift drawing class. Learn from a contemporary master in the intimate surroundings of the Knight of Glin Exhibition Room. Visit our exhibition beforehand and be inspired by the techniques and materials used by the Society of Artists.

Chairs and easels will be provided but bring your materials of choice (pencil, charcoal or pastel, no paint or liquids are permitted). This class is suitable for all levels and abilities.

Booking required. Duration: 120 minutes. Book online.

These will take place at the Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Throughout July - Archive at Lunchtime focus on Georgian Ireland
Every lunchtime throughout the month of July the Irish Film Institute will screen short documentary films from their archive, free of charge. These short films will focus on Georgian architecture in Ireland, with a particular focus on Georgian Dublin. Simply collect your free tickets from the Irish Film Institute Box Office. For more information on these shorts please visit – a full programme will be confirmed at the end of June.

The Big House in Ireland - Film Screening and Panel Discussion: The Last September
Wednesday 4 July, 6.30pm
Danielstown is the country home of Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra around the time of the Irish struggle for independence. Behind the façade of setpiece dinners, tennis parties and armycamp dances, however, all know that their essentially feudal way of life is coming to an end. Lady Myra’s niece, Lois, who is being courted by a captain in the British army, is lured by the menacingly playful and violent young man who has taken up residence at the bottom of the garden. What unfolds is a portrait of the demise of a way of life and a young woman’s coming of age in a dangerous time.

Filmed in Dowth Hall, Co. Meath, The Last September (1999) is a drama based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Elizabeth Bowen. This special screening, organised in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, will be followed by a panel discussion with photographer James Fennell (Burtown House), Fionnuala Ardee (Kilruddery House) and location manager Colm Nolan (Love and Friendship, Penny Dreadful), focusing on the ‘Big House’ in Ireland, the use of the Irish country house in cinema, and the attraction of Ireland as a film location.

€8.50 / €11. Book through