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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.

May

Thursday 5 May, 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 7 May, 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 7 May, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club for 6-11 year olds: Colours, Curves and Swirls in Arabic Calligraphy 

Learn how to skilfully write words in Arabic script at our Arabic calligraphy workshop using beautiful colours, curves and swirls inspired by the Chester Beatty Library’s collections. Limited to 20 participants ages 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.
Sunday 8 May, 2pm
Musical Performance – Issa Murad: Oud Solo

Isa Murad is a Palestinian composer and oud player, who currently lives in France, and his music reflects his Arab-Levantine heritage as well as his interest in jazz, Balkan, and Indian traditional music. His performance will feature compositions and improvisations of these multicultural influences. Free, no booking required.
Sunday 8 May, 3pm

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.

Wednesday 11 May, 2pm

Film – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Classic American comedy following a young country politician (James Stewart) beginning his first term as a US Senator. Mr. Smith must navigate the corruption of Washington politics while staying true to his honest, country roots. Screened as Access Cinema’s May Film Tour, during the Bealtaine Festival. 1939, G (129 min). Free, no booking required.

Thursday 12 May, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: The Qur’an, at the Heart of Islam

Dr Amanullah De Sondy, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam, University College Cork. Free, no booking required.

Saturday 14 May, 12noon

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. 

Sunday 15 May, 2pm

Film – Men at Lunch

One of the most iconic photographs of Depression-era America is ‘Lunch atop a Skyscraper,’ a portrait of 11 ironworkers enjoying their lunch break on a beam 850 feet above the ground. The men and the photographer were never identified, but after director Seán Ó Cualáin found a clue in a small Irish pub, he began to uncover the history behind the famous image. Irish with English subtitles. This film is screened as Access Cinema’s May Film Tour, during the Bealtaine Festival. Ireland. 2013, G (71 min). Free, no booking required.

Sunday 15 May, 3.30pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Irish Language Tour

with Jack FitzGerald

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

Monday 16 May, 10.30am-4pm

Bealtaine Festival Workshop: Embroidery Workshop inspired by the Yeats Sisters
 

Lily and Lolly Yeats are usually overshadowed by their brother W. B. Yeats, but they too made important contributions to Irish art. As part of the 2016 Bealtaine Festival, themed 'Iconic Citizens', we will take a closer look at Lolly's designs and Lily's embroideries. With their work in mind, we will create our own contemporary embroidered designs. This workshop is facilitated by fibre artist and 2015-2016 Fulbright Fellow Amanda Wagstaff. Limited to 15 places. €10.00 per person, materials provided. Booking essential.

This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please call and leave your contact details with Amanda (01 4070776) or Aoife (01 4070766).

 

Saturday 21 May, 11.15am-1.30pm

Creative Lab Club for Teens: Life Drawing Session (12-14 years)


To celebrate National Drawing Day, the Creative Lab for Teens will offer a Life Drawing session. This is a great opportunity to learn new drawing techniques, sharpen your drawing skills or prepare for the Junior and Leaving Art Certificate. Limited to 15 teens aged 12 to 14.  Free, booking essential. Please book HERE
Saturday 21 May, 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.
Saturday 21 May, 2.15-4.30pm

Creative Lab Club for Teens: Life Drawing Session (15-17 years)


To celebrate National Drawing Day, the Creative Lab for Teens will offer a Life Drawing session. This is a great opportunity to learn new drawing techniques, sharpen your drawing skills or prepare for the Leaving Art Certificate. Limited to 15 teens aged 15 to 17.  Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.
Sunday 22 May, 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.

Friday 27 May, 10.30am-4pm

Bealtaine Festival Workshop: Colouring Designs for Adults
 

Design your own colouring book, inspired by the intricate ornaments found in the Ruzbihan Qur'an. During the full-day workshop you will improve your sketching, planning and detail-drawing skills. Your compositions will make a great addition to personalised letterhead, a family album or a colouring book. Limited to 15 places. €10.00 per person, materials provided. Please book HERE.

Sunday 29 May, 2pm

Film – Zarafa

An enchanting animated story of a young African orphan’s journey to find his place in the world. Maki escapes from slave traders, befriends a giraffe, crosses the desert, meets a pirate and more, on an adventure that takes him from Africa to Paris. 2012, PG (78 min). Free, no booking required.

June

Thursday 2 June, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: The Vegetal, the Cursive and the Geometric Three Aspects of Islamic Art

Nateghe Moane.
Guide, Chester Beatty Library. Free, no booking required.

Saturday 4 June, 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 4 June, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club for 6-11 year olds: Persian Greeting Card

Make and design your very own greeting card based on the beautiful Persian artwork of the Ruzbihan Qur’an. Learn how to use geometric stencils and floral designs, exploring their meaning and use in Persian art and traditions. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.

Thursday 9 June, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: 21 November 1916: the Death of Kaiser Franz Josef and the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy

Dr Declan M. Downey. Trustee, Chester Beatty Library. 
Free, no booking required.

Saturday 11 June, 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.
Sunday 12 June, 1-3pm

Drop-in Drawing Session

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.

Sunday 12 June, 2pm
Film Screening: Aladdin

When a street urchin named Aladdin seeks the love of the beautiful Princess Jasmin, he uses his three wishes and the genie’s magical powers to disguise himself as a prince in order to win her heart. 1992, G (90 min). Free, no booking required.

Thursday 16 June, 1.10pm
Lunchtime Lecture: A Work of Wonder: Chester Beatty’s Ruzbihan Qur’an

Dr Elaine Wright, Curator of the Islamic Collections, Chester Beatty Library. 
Free, no booking required. 
Sunday 19 June, 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.

Sunday 19 June, 2pm
Musical Performance: Navá

A group of young musicians explore the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. Members of folk/bluegrass band Pine Marten—Simon Guy, Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes—team with Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe to weave a beguiling tapestry of sound, ranging from Irish jigs and reels to Persian dastgáh, and form original compositions and explosive improvisations. Free, no booking required.

Saturday 25 June, 1.30-4.30pm

Teens Film Screening: No One Knows About Persian Cats

This award-winning film follows two young musicians, Negar and Ashkan, as they struggle to find band members in Tehran, Iran, where playing rock music in public venues is outlawed. Join them as they strive to get the visas that will allow them to leave Tehran to play at a rock concert in London. 2009, 12A. (12-14 year-olds & 15-17 year-olds). 
Sunday 26 June, 12.30-4.30pm

Workshop for Adults: Stylised Botanical Art

Feel inspired by the floral motifs found in the Lapis and Gold exhibition and native Irish wild flowers

and design your own artwork in the illumination style. Join artist Ida Mitrani and create stylised patterns and ornaments. Limited to 15 places. €35 per person, materials provided. Booking essential. Please book HERE

July

Saturday 2 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.

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, 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

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. Book HERE.

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. Please book HERE


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. 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. Please book HERE.

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 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. Please book HERE.

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. 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. Please book HERE

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. Please book HERE
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. Please book HERE

 

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. Please book HERE

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. Please book HERE

 

 

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. Please book HERE

 

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.

 
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. Please book HERE

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. Please book HERE

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. Please book HERE

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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