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What's On 2017


EVENTS AT A GLANCE... HERE

Free guided tours are available at 1pm on Wednesdays, 2pm on Saturdays and 3pm on Sundays.


All lectures, guided tours & films are on a first-come, first- served basis with no booking required, unless otherwise stated.

July 2017


Thursday 27 July, 1:10pm


Talk: Speaking in Tongues - The many languages of the Chester Beatty Bibles


Dr Jill Unkel, Curator of Western Collections, Chester Beatty Library.
Free, no booking required.

Saturday 29 July, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Mandarin Language Tour with Vicky Wang


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Saturday 29 July, 12noon

Qi Gong at the Rooftop Garden

Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation, coordinating slow movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm state of mind. Join us for a gentle practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with the view of the rooftop garden. Suitable for all ages. Free, no booking required, but places are limited.


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library.


Sunday 30 July, 2pm


Film – Sweet Bean


When an elderly woman arrives at a pancake shop looking for a job the manager feels a sympathetic pressure to help her. Then when he tastes her unique sweet bean jelly, a charming and beautiful relationship blossoms centred on their shared love of food. Japanese, with English subtitles. 2015, PG (113 min). Free, no booking required.

August 2017


Thursday 3 August, 1:10pm

Talk: Privately Commissioned- An Examination of Surimono, Books and Paintings by Hokusai

Dr Ryoko Matsuba, Research Assistant, Late Hokusai Project, SOAS, University of London and the British Museum.
Free, no booking required.

Saturday 5 August 10.30am - 4pm & Sunday 6 August, 12noon- 4pm

Sumi-e Workshop

Sumi-e is a Japanese word for a black ink painting. The artist strives to capture the essence of the subject matter, using the fewest strokes possible. Join us for this two-day workshop with an internationally renowned traditional Zen arts Master, who will introduce the use of the sumi-e brush, its techniques and the basic principles of the composition. Suitable for all levels. Two-day workshop, limited to 20 participants, €65.00 per person, materials provided. Please book HERE.

This event is now fully booked. Please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772 to be added to the waiting list.

Saturday 5 August, 2pm


In Focus Tour: Dürer,

Orla Ryan, Guide, Chester Beatty Library.

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.

Thursday 10 August, 1:10pm


In Focus Tour: Chester Beatty’s Biblical Papyri,
Kurt Kullmann, Guide, Chester Beatty Library.

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Saturday 12 August, 1:30pm

C-ART-OGRAPHY Workshop. (12 - 17 years)

Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewska will facilitate this workshop inspired by the aged maps in Vermeer’s work and that of his contemporaries. Looking at the Chester Beatty’s collection of maps, the craft of map-making and how it works, the artist will discuss this ancient art and provide participants with the necessary skills to create their own. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.

Saturday 12 August, 2pm


In Focus Tour: The Art of Friendship,
Dr Mary Redfern, Curator of the East Asian Collections Chester Beatty Library
.

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Sunday 13 August, 2pm


Drop in Origami for Families


Make your own origami in the shape of animals, flowers and fish with Akiko Kidokoro. Free, no booking required but limited to 20 participants: first-come, first-served.


Wednesday 16 August, 2pm


Film – When Marnie was There


This charming animation from Studio Ghibli tells the tale of an emotionally distant young girl who becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and the girl who lives there – a girl who may not be real. Japanese with English subtitles. 2014, PG (103 min). Free, no booking required.

Saturday 19 August, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Mandarin Language Tour with Vicky Wang


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Saturday 19 August, 12:15 – 1pm


Tiny Fingers, Little Toes:  Dragon Workshop


Attention dragons and dragon hunters! Join us to hear the stories about these legendary creatures and create your own friendly beast. In association with Heritage Week.
Free, no booking required, but limited to the first 20 participants per session.

Saturday 19 August, 2pm – 3:30pm

Paper Lanterns


Learn how to use LEDs and paper to create decorative lanterns inspired by the collection to hang in your bedroom at night time. In association with Heritage Week. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.


This event is now fully booked. Please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772 to be added to the waiting list.

Sunday 20 August, 1-3pm

Drop in Drawing Session

Learn drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading perspective and decoration during these relaxed informal sessions. Suitable for ages 13+. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only. Free, no booking required.

Tuesday 22 August, 10:15am – 12:45pm (12 – 14 years)

Paper Lampshade workshop

This creative and practical workshop is about transforming 2D into 3D and the playful use of light. Learn how to combine basic electrical DIY skills with the creative medium of paper folding. Make a unique paper lampshade inspired by the geometric art of the Islamic Collections. In association with Heritage Week. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


Tuesday 22 August, 1:45 – 4:15pm (15 – 17 years)


Paper Lampshade workshop


This creative and practical workshop is about transforming 2D into 3D and the playful use of light. Learn how to combine basic electrical DIY skills with the creative medium of paper folding. Make a unique paper lampshade inspired by the geometric art of the Islamic Collections. In association with Heritage Week. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


Thursday 24 August, 1:10pm


Talk: Mirror of the World- Conserving captivating collections at the Chester Beatty Library


Dorothea Müller, Heritage Council Intern in Conservation, Chester Beatty Library.
Free, no booking required.

Saturday 26 August, 12noon

Qi Gong at the Rooftop Garden

Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation, coordinating slow movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm state of mind. Join us for a gentle practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with the view of the rooftop garden. Suitable for all ages. Free, no booking required, but places are limited.


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library.

Sunday 27 August, 1pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Japanese Language Tour with Hiromi Anzai


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Sunday 27 August, 2pm

Musical Performance on Koto and Shakuhachi

Join us for an afternoon of live music featuring koto, the Japanese zither, and shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute. Listen to the music of the Edo period, including arrangements inspired by Turlough O'Carolin and 20th century melodies. This performance celebrates the Heritage Week and marks the end of The Art of Friendship: Japanese Surimono Prints. Free, no booking required.

Monday 28 August, 12noon


Conversations on Art: Dementia-friendly tours


The Chester Beatty Library is delighted to offer a selection of interactive tours specially designed for people living with dementia and their loved ones (Azure Tours). Take a break from the everyday and enjoy an afternoon of conversations on art and life in general. Join us for a relaxing tea or coffee in the Silk Road Café before we take you on a tour of our beautiful collections. Limited to 10 Participants per tour, attendance is Free, however booking is required. Please call Heidi Campbell on 01 4070766 for more information.