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Chester Beatty Library

What's On 2016

Free guided tours are available at 1pm each Wednesday, 3pm & 4pm on Sunday.

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

To book workshops/events online, please click here1 place is available per person unless otherwise stated e.g. Family Days.

July

Saturday 2 July, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Mandarin Language Tour

with Vicky Wang. 

This tour has now been postponed to 9 July at 11am. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Sunday 3 July, 2pm

Musical Performance: An Afternoon of Traditional Turkish Music

Join us for live Turkish music, including traditional Istanbul songs and the wonderful sounds of the kanun (a traditional Turkish string instrument) and the ney (an ancient cane flute). Supported by the Embassy of Turkey. Free, no booking required but places are limited.

Wednesday 6 July, 2pm

Film Screening: Wadjda

Wadjda tells the story of an enterprising, determined and rebellious Saudi girl who signs up for her school’s Qur’an recitation competition in order to raise the funds she needs to buy a bicycle. Arabic with English subtitles. 2012, PG (100 min). Free, no booking required.

Saturday 9 July, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Mandarin Language Tour

with Vicky Wang.

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

Saturday 9 July, 12 noon

Qigong on the Roof Top Garden

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

Saturday 9 July, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Irish Language Tour

with Jack FitzGerald.

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

Sunday 10 July, 1-3pm

Drop In Drawing Session with Roxana Manouchehri

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

Silk Worm Summer Club Monday 11 - Friday 15 July 11am-12.30pm

Silk Worm Summer Special: Persian Summer

Join us for a week of creative workshops inspired by Persian art and our Lapis and Gold: The Story of the Ruzbihan Qur'an exhibitionBooking essential.
Monday 11 July, 11am-12.30pm

Silk Worm Club for 6-11 year olds: Botanical Impressions in Clay

Create beautiful and lasting impressions in clay using flowers, leaves, feathers and other natural objects. Limited to 20 participants ages 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

Tuesday 12 July, 11am - 12.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Ceramic Tile Painting


Design and paint your own Persian-style ceramic tiles using geometric, floral, and arabesque patterns. Limited to 20 participants ages 6-11 years. Booking essential. 
This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

Wednesday 13 July, 11am - 12.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Persian Palace Collage

Create your own Persian palace using paper cutting, collage, and painting techniques. Limited to 20 participants ages 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

Thursday14 July 11am - 12.30pm Silk Worm Summer Club
Persian Miniature Painting: Illustrate scenes from your favourite books or fairy tales in the style of painted Persian miniatures.
Booking essential. Please book here.

Thursday 14 July, 11am-12.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Persian Miniature Painting

Illustrate scenes from your favourite books or fairy tales in the style of painted Persian miniatures. Limited to 20 participants ages 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. 
This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

Thursday 14 July, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Lapis and Gold: the Story of the Ruzbihan Qur'an 


Dr Elaine Wright. Curator of the Islamic Collections, Chester Beatty Library. Free, no booking required.

Friday 15 July, 11am-12.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Persian Miniature Garden

Miniature Persian Garden: Grab your seed tray (provided) and use sticks, stones, moss, flowers and plants – or whatever you can find – to make a miniature Persian garden!Limited to 20 participants ages 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

Saturday 16 July, 12 noon-2pm

Talk & Display: The Art of Arabic Calligraphy

Watch seasoned calligrapher, Mustafa Ja’far demonstrate his exquisite calligraphy technique. Mustafa learned his craft in Baghdad in 1969 and studied painting and design in Rome. He has conducted numerous workshops, demonstrations and talks in various cultural institutions in the UK and is the author of the book Arabic calligraphy: naskh script for beginners, published by the British Museum Press.  Free, no booking required.

Sunday 17 July 2-4pm

Workshop for Adults: Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

Arabic calligraphy has always been known for its beauty and elegance. Feel inspired by the Lapis and Gold exhibition and join calligrapher Mustafa Ja’far to explore Naskh script – the first script calligraphers learn in the Arab countries of the Middle East. Limited to 15 places. €35 per person, materials provided. Booking essential. This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

Teen Club Summer Special: Persian Arts & Crafts 18-22 July
Join Roxana Manouchehri and discover some traditional Persian arts and crafts techniques. Over the course of the week, participants will have an opportunity to create original manuscript designs inspired by the Lapis and Gold exhibition.
Booking essential. Please book here.

Monday 18 July 10.30am - 1pm

Creative Lab Club for Teens: Page Design (12-14 years)

This workshop introduces page design for calligraphy and illumination. Learn to apply gold leaf and natural dye to give your page a muted grisaille effect - gradations in tone of a single colour. Free, booking essential. Limited to 15 teens aged 12 to 14. This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

Monday 18 July, 1.45-4.15pm

Creative Lab Club for Teens: Page Design (15-17 years)

 

This workshop introduces page design for calligraphy and illumination. Learn to apply gold leaf and natural dye to give your page a muted grisaille effect - gradations in tone of a single colour. Limited to 15 teens aged 15-17 years. Free, booking essential. This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

Tuesday 19 July, 10.30am-1pm
Creative Lab Club for Teens: Pigment-making (12-14 years)

Learn how to make pigments from natural materials using traditional techniquest. Limited to 15  teens aged 12 to 14Free, booking essential. Limited to 15 places. This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

 

Tuesday 19 July 1.45pm-4.15pm
Creative Lab Club for Teens: Pigment-making (15-17 years)
 

Learn how to make pigments from natural materials using traditional techniquest. Limited to 15 teens aged 15 to 17. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

Wednesday 20 July 10.30am-1pm
Creative Lab Club for Teens: Calligraphy (12-14 years)

Discover the basics of Persian calligraphy and apply them to the page designed on the first day of this workshop series. Limited to 15 teens aged 12 to 14. Free, booking essential. This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

Wednesday 20 July 1.45pm-4.15pm
Creative Lab Club for Teens: Calligraphy (15-17 years)

Discover the basics of Persian calligraphy and apply them to the page designed on the first day of this workshop series. Limited to 15 teens aged 15 to 17.  Free, booking essential. This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

 

 

Thursday 21 July 10.30am-1pm
Creative Lab Club for Teens: Illumination & Stencil-making (12-14 years)

Explore tazhib (illumination) techniques and design a stencil to decorate your page. Limited to 15 teens aged 12 to 15.

Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


Thursday 21 July 1.45pm-4.15pm
Creative Lab Club for Teens: Illumination & Stencil-making (15-17 years)


Explore tazhib (illumination) techniques and design a stencil to decorate your page. 
Limited to 15 teens aged 15 to 17. 

Free, booking essential. This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

Friday 22 July 10.30am-1pm

 

Creative Lab Club for Teens: Painting Workshop  (12-14 years)

Learn how to apply paint with a very fine brush to finish off your page with outlines of flowers, palmettes and geometric designs. Limited to 15 places. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE 

 

Friday 22 July 1.45-4.15pm

Creative Lab Club for Teens: Painting Workshop (15-17 years)


Learn how to apply paint with a very fine brush to finish off your page with outlines of flowers, palmettes and geometric designs. 
Limited to 15 teens aged 15 to 17. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

Saturday 23 July, 10.30am-2pm

Creative Lab for Teens: Makers Fair and Festival of Curiosity

Chester Beatty’s Creative Lab will visit this annual event in Trinity College Dublin, with Dublin Makers Fair, and discover DIY electronics, inventions, crafts and much more. Off-site event. Limited to 15 teens aged 12 to 17 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

Sunday 24 July, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Japanese Language Tour

with Hiromi Anzai

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

Wednesday 27 July, 2pm

Film Screening: Short Films: After '16

To commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising, we are showing a selection of film shorts as part of the After ‘16 programme, commissioned by Irish Film Board (IFB) to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Thursday 28 July, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: The Triumph of Colour: the Islamic Architecture of Iran

Dr Bernard O'Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture. The American University in Cairo.

August

Saturday 6 August, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Mandarin Language Tour

with Vicky Wang

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

Wednesday 10 August, 2pm

Film Screening: Azur and Asmar: the Prince's Quest

A story of two children, Azur and Asmar, who as boys loved each other like brothers, but as adults became rivals. Follow them on an adventure to find the Djinn-fairy. Only one of the youths can be successful. Dubbed into English. 2007, G (99 min). Free, no booking required.

 
Wednesday 10 August 2pm

Film – Azur and Asmar: the Prince’s Quest

A story of two children, Azur and Asmar, who as boys loved each other like brothers, but as adults became rivals. Follow them on an adventure to find the Djinn-fairy. Only one of the youths can be successful. Dubbed into English. 2007, G (99 min). Free, no booking required. 
Saturday 13 August, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Lapis and Gold: the Story of the Ruzbihan Qur'an


Dr Elaine Wright, Curator of Islamic Collections, Chester Beatty Library. Free, no booking required.
  

Saturday 20 August 11.15am-1.30pm

Creative Lab for Teens: Clockify (12-14 years)

As part of Heritage Week, join us for a tour of the grounds of Dublin Castle, followed by a behind-the-scenes visit to the Chester Beatty Library's historic eighteenth-century Clock Tower. Then make your own clock, as you take part in a special MAKESHOP Clockify workshop, to design and build a clock using batteries, electronics and upcycling old bric-a-brac items. In association with MAKESHOP and Science Gallery Dublin. Limited to 15 places. Booking essential. 
Please book HERE

Saturday 20 August, 12 noon

Qigong on the Roof Top Garden

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

Saturday 20 August, 2.15-4.30pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab for Teens: Clockify (15-17 years)

 

As part of Heritage Week, join us for a tour of the grounds of Dublin Castle, followed by a behind-the-scenes visit to the Chester Beatty Library's historic eighteenth-century Clock Tower. Then make your own clock, as you take part in a special MAKESHOP Clockify workshop, to design and build a clock using batteries, electronics and upcycling old bric-a-brac items.  In association with MAKESHOP and Science Gallery Dublin. Limited to 15 places. Booking essential. Please book HERE

Sunday 21 August 12.30-4.30pm

Workshop for Adults: Eslimi Motifs

Discover the wealth of carpet designs and intricate eslimi (floral) patterns as seen in the pages of the Ruzbihan Qur'an. Learn how to create and paint these decorative ornaments. Limited to 15 places. €35 per person, materials provided. Booking essential. This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

Monday 22 August, 11am-12.30pm

Silk Worm Club for 6-11 year olds: Kaleidoscope Creations (6-11 years)

Delve into the ever-changing worlds of pattern, colour, and shape created by your very own kaleidoscope. This workshop has been organised to celebrate Heritage Week. Limited to 20 places. Booking essential. This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

Tuesday 23 August, 11am-12.30pm

Silk Worm Club Persian Carpet Design (6-11 years)

Learn detailed painting techniques and design your own miniature carpet inspired by the intricate and decorative ornaments from the Ruzbihan Qur'an. This workshop has been organised to celebrate Heritage Week. Limited to 20 places. Booking essential. This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please leave your contact details with Justyna (01 4070772) or Aoife (01 4070766).

Thursday 25 August 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: ‘It was all a great adventure’: Conserving the Collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty

Cécilia Duminuco, Heritage Council Intern, Conservation Department, Chester Beatty Library.

Sunday 28 August 1-3pm

Drop-in Drawing Session


Learn drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading, perspective and decoration during these relaxed and informal sessions. This event has been organised to mark National Drawing Day.
 Free, no booking required. Suitable for ages 13+. Materials are provided.
Sunday 28 August 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Arabic Language Tour

with Karma El Shawa

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

Sunday 28 August, 3pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Japanese Language Tour

with Hiromi Anzai

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


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