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What's On 2018


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.

 

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January 2018



Thursday 18 January, 1:10pm

Talk: Goya’s Disasters of War

Peter Cherry, Lecturer in History of Art, Trinity College Dublin


Saturday 20 January, 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.

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


Sunday 21 January, 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.

Sunday 21 January, 2pm

Film – Funny Girl

Barbra Streisand stars in this 1968 classic about a superstar comedian and singer who battles between her love of the stage and her devotion to a gambler played by Omar Sharif. English. 1968, G (151 mins) Free, no booking required.


Thursday 25 January, 1:10pm


In Focus Tour: Chinese Snuff Bottles: Masterpieces in Miniature

Joan Barnewell, Guide

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


Saturday 27 January, 11:15am – 1:30pm (12 – 14 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Printmaking: An Exploration of Fantasy and Imagination

Celebrate the art of Francisco Goya with Debora Ando and explore themes of fantasy and imagination. In this drypoint/etching workshop you will learn one of Goya’s favourite techniques and create your own original print using an etching press and professional tools. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

Saturday 27 January, 2:15pm – 4:30pm (15 – 17 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Printmaking: An Exploration of Fantasy and Imagination

Celebrate the art of Francisco Goya with Debora Ando and explore themes of fantasy and imagination. In this drypoint/etching workshop you will learn one of Goya’s favourite techniques and create your own original print using an etching press and professional tools. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE



February 2018


Saturday 3 February, 2pm

In Focus Tour: Chester Beatty’s Gift to the Nation

Orla Ryan, Guide

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

Sunday 4 February, 2pm

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


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


Sunday 4 February, 2pm


Film – Oliver!

The boy who wanted more is brought to life in this multi-Oscar-winning version of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Sing along with classic like ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘Consider Yourself’ and ‘You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two’. English. 1968, G (153 min). Free, no booking required.

Tuesday 6 February, 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 on 01 4070766 for more information.

Wednesday 7 February, 6pm


Chester Beatty Annual Lecture

An Embarrassment of Riches:  Art Collecting in Gilded Age America

Inge Reist, Director of the Frick Collection’s Centre for the History of Collecting


Venue: Dublin Castle Conference Centre By invitation.


A limited number of places have been set aside for those who wish to attend: please register your interest by contacting Caroline O’Hora, email: rsvp@cbl.ie


Saturday 10 February, 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 10 February, 2-3.30pm


Silk Worm Club: Chinese Zodiac Animals: Year of the Dog


In art, dogs symbolise loyalty, friendship, protection, and love. Let’s celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dog with paper-cutting and drawing to make these loveable companions and write a story about them. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE

This workshop is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772.


Sunday 11 February, 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.

Thursday 15 February, 11am – 1:15pm (12 – 14 years)


Creative Teens Lab: E-Textile Bookmark


This mid-term break, come celebrate Chinese New Year by creating a custom bookmark adorned with your zodiac animal or good luck character. Vicky Twomey-Lee will introduce you to basic circuits and e-textiles so you can make your bookmark light up with LEDs and conductive thread.  Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


Thursday 15 February, 2pm


In Focus Tour: A Brief Introduction to the Development of Writing, the Book and the Arts of the Book

Nateghe Moane, Guide

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

Thursday 15 February, 2pm – 4:15pm (15 - 17 years)

Creative Teens Lab: E-Textile Bookmark


This mid-term break, come celebrate Chinese New Year by creating a custom bookmark adorned with your zodiac animal or good luck character. Vicky Twomey-Lee will introduce you to basic circuits and e-textiles so you can make your bookmark light up with LEDs and conductive thread.  Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


Friday 16 February, 10:30am – 1pm (12 - 17 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Make a Scroll


For this Chinese New Year of the Dog, join us this mid-term break and create a scroll featuring these playful animals. Chinese-Dutch artist, Hoi Shan Mak, will guide us through the process as we create one large scroll featuring 50 dogs for Chester Beatty’s birthday. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


Friday 16 February, 2-3.30pm


Silk Worm Club: How Lucky Are You?


Make your own Lucky Red Envelope full of good wishes and decorate it with the Chinese character ‘Fu’
, meaning luck. Artist, Hoi Shan Mak will teach you how to write the symbol using gold paint. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old.

For booking details, please visit www.dublinchinesenewyear.com

Saturday 17 February, 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.

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


Saturday 17 February, 1 – 4pm

Chinese Modernist Painting

Celebrate Chinese New Year and contemporary Chinese art with this painting workshop on such themes as Chinese architecture in the style of Chinese formalism. Participants will explore Western influences on traditional Chinese art and create ink paintings inspired by this great artistic movement. Organised as part of the Chinese New Year Festival. Suitable for all levels. Limited to 15 places. €35.00 per person, materials provided. Booking essential. Please book HERE

Sunday 18 February, 12noon - 4pm

Mindfulness: Chinese Ink Painting

This Chinese New Year, join artist Hoi Shan Mak and paint with ink and rice paper. This fast yet precise technique helps participants focus on the experiences occurring in the present moment. Learn how to paint a fish, a lotus or an old man. This workshop has been organised as part of the Chinese New Year Festival. Suitable for all levels. Limited to 15 places. €35.00 per person, materials provided. Booking essential. Please book HERE

This workshop is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772.


Saturday 24 February, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Arabic Language Tour with Bayan Musallam


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

Saturday 24 February, 2pm

Chinese New Year Traditions

Join Professor Yan Yi Blake from the Irish Chinese Cultural Society and discover some of the traditions relating to the Chinese New Year Festival. What is a red pocket? What is the significance of the lantern? What do the Chinese eat during their New Year celebrations? A great opportunity to broaden your knowledge and deepen the cultural understanding of China and the Chinese New Year. This event has been organised as part of the Chinese New Year Festival, in association with Asia Market, Dublin. Free, no booking required.

Sunday 25 February, 2pm

Film – Spring in a Small Town

In the dark aftermath of World War II, a lonely but spirited woman finds the monotony of dealing with an ill husband overbearing. When her first love reappears on the scene, her world is turned upside down. One of the greatest Chinese films ever made, this 1948 romantic drama is not to be missed. Organised as part of the Chinese New Year Festival. Mandarin with English subtitles. 1948, G (98 min). Free, no booking required.


March 2018



Thursday 1 March, 1:10pm

Talk: The Stone of Eternity: Jade in Chinese History and Culture


Michel Lee, Curator (China, Korea, Sven Hedin Collection), National Museums of World Culture, Sweden


Saturday 3 March, 11:15am - 1:30pm (12 - 14 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Tai Chi with Ching Xu

Let’s get together and focus. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art, great for balancing body and mind. Slow, continuous movements and deep breathing allow us to focus our thoughts while building strength and coordination. Organised for Chinese New Year.  Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

Saturday 3 March, 2:15 – 4:30pm (15 -1 7 years)

Creative Teens Lab: Tai Chi with Ching Xu


Let’s get together and focus. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art, great for balancing body and mind. Slow, continuous movements and deep breathing allow us to focus our thoughts while building strength and coordination. Organised for Chinese New Year.  Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


Sunday 4 March, 2pm

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


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


Tuesday 6 March, 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 on 01 4070766 for more information

Tuesday 6 March, 6 - 8pm

Museums and Makers Inspiring Each Other

What happens when a maker comes into contact with a museum? The Chester Beatty is pleased to team up with a dynamic, enthusiastic group of makers from the local community and the arts, sciences and cultural sectors. We will look at collections, including ours, to spark ideas and identify how museums can provide inspiration for creativity. This event is facilitated by Don Undeen of BoomHiFive, Georgetown University Maker Hub, and Jenny Siung, Head of Education, Chester Beatty Library, with Jeffrey Roe, TOG Hackerspace Dublin, and Ellen Byrne, Festival of Curiosity. Part of the Making Museum project, an 18-month EU-funded training initiative (Erasmus+ 20172019) 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. Free, booking essential. Book HERE. 

Wednesday 7 March, 2pm

Music by Arash Moradi

To celebrate Persian New Year, Nowruz, the Library welcomes accomplished tanbur musician Arash Moradi. The tanbur, a two-stringed Kurdish/Iranian lute made of mulberry and walnut, is associated with the Kurdish Sufi music of western Iran, where Arash followed in the footsteps of his celebrated father, Ali Akbar Moradi. We also welcome drummer Habib Meftah whose drum set and style has never before been combined with this genre of music. Free, no booking required.


Friday 9 March, 1:10pm

Talk: The Hours of Prigent de Coëtivy in Context

Dr Catherine Yvard, Special Collections Curator, National Art Library, V&A Museum


Saturday 10 March, 10:30 – 11:15am


Tiny Fingers, Little Toes:  Sneaky Snakes


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Festival and make a sneaky snake using foam, feathers, and cardboard as we tell you the story of how St. Patrick frightened those pesky snakes away.
Free, booking essential, limited to 20 pre-school children and their parents/guardians. Please book HERE.

Saturday 10 March, 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 10 March, 2-3.30pm


Silk Worm Club: Coëtivy Animals and Birds


Be inspired by animals and birds found in the Coëtivy Book of Hours with creative technologist Vicky Twomey-Lee. She will help you create your own artwork based on the manuscript and complete it with circuit stickers that will make. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE.

This workshop is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772.

Sunday 18 March, 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.

Thursday 22 March, 1:10pm

In Focus Tour: Chester Beatty’s Biblical Papyri

Dr. Kurt Kullmann, Guide

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


Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March, 11:15am – 4:15pm (Sat), 1:15 – 4:15pm (Sun)


Medieval Ornamental Designs

Explore the extravagant and ornamental style of the Middle Ages and join Roxana Manouchehri for this two-day workshop. Participants will explore the design and marginalia of the Coëtivy Hours before creating their own decorations. The second day will be dedicated to finishing the page using liquid gold and gouache paint. Previous experience in drawing or painting would be an advantage, but not necessary. Limited to 15 participants, €70 per person, materials provided. Suitable for beginners. Booking essential. Please book HERE.

Saturday 24 March, 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.

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


Saturday 24 March, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Arabic Language Tour with Bayan Musallam


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


Wednesday 28 March, 2pm

Film – Romeo and Juliet

This Franco Zeffirelli masterpiece brings together Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting as those two ‘star-crossed lovers’. Sumptuous costumes and lilting music perfectly compliment this Shakespearean classic. English. 1968, PG (138 min). Free, no booking required.



April 2018



Wednesday 4 April, 2pm

Film – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

A fond favourite for all the family! Come join us as we take off on this flying motor-car adventure. You will leave singing ‘Chitty Bang Bang’ and ‘Toot Sweets’. Just beware that the Child Catcher doesn’t hear you! English. 1968, G (144 min).  Free, no booking required.


Friday 6 April, 10:15am - 12:45pm (12 - 14 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Blind Embossing and Card-Making


To celebrate the Experience Japan Festival, join Hiroko Imada as she demonstrates how to create karazuri, or empty printing, a relief method wherein a print is created without the use of any ink. Then design your own beautifully embossed greeting card.  Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

This workshop is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772.


Friday 6 April, 1:45 – 4:15pm (15 - 17 years)

Creative Teens Lab: Blind Embossing and Card-Making


To celebrate the Experience Japan Festival, join Hiroko Imada as she demonstrates how to create karazuri, or empty printing, a relief method wherein a print is created without the use of any ink. Then design your own beautifully embossed greeting card.  Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 April, 10:30am – 4:30pm (Sat), 12noon – 4:30pm (Sun)

Sumizuri-e and Hanging Scrolls

This April, artist Hiroko Imada will present a two-day workshop, introducing the sumizuri-e method of woodblock printing: a monochrome technique where only black ink is used. Participants will also learn how to create a hanging scroll featuring their own hand-made woodblock print. Perfect as a gift or as a decoration for your home. Limited to 15 participants, €70 per person, materials provided. Suitable for beginners. Booking essential. Please book HERE.

This workshop is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772.


Sunday 8 April, 2pm

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


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


Tuesday 10 April, 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 on 01 4070766 for more information

Thursday 12 April, 1:10pm

Talk: The Coëtivy Family and Their Books

Dr Laura Cleaver, Ussher Lecturer in Medieval Art, Trinity College Dublin


Saturday 14 April, 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 14 April, 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.

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


Saturday 14 April, 2 – 3:30pm


Silk Worm Club: Illuminated Animals


If you love animals and collage, why not joint Heather Gray for this fun workshop? Take inspiration from our current temporary exhibition, learn how to design strange animals, and create your own illuminated medieval manuscript page complete with borders and title.  Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE.


This workshop is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772.


Sunday 15 April, 2pm

Japan Film Festival Screening

The Library is delighted to be one of the screening venues for the 10th edition of the Japanese Film Festival. Co-organised by the Embassy of Japan, access>CINEMA, and the Ireland Japan Association the Festival showcases the best of Japanese films from action to anime, comedies and dramas. Our designated film title and further details will be announced here on our website in March 2018. For more information on the Festival, please visit www.jff.ie

Thursday 19 April, 1:10pm

In Focus Tour: The Art of Edo Japan

Diana Delia, Guide

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

Sunday 22 April, 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.

Thursday 26 April, 1:10pm

Talk: Islam and Christianity: Divinity Shared or Divided

Diana Darke, author, Middle East cultural expert, Arabist, and BBC broadcaster


Saturday 28 Apirl, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Arabic Language Tour with Bayan Musallam


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


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