Merrion Square West
The National Gallery of Ireland is delighted to bring OUTing the Past to Dublin for the first time on the 23rd March 2019. In 2018 we launched LGBTQ+ themed tours of the collection, and we are looking forward to going bigger and bolder with our LGBTQ+ programming in 2019. The Festival offers Gallery visitors a new educational perspective by viewing the National Collection through a LGBTQ+ lens. Hidden stories within the collection will be brought to light for the public to experience.
The Festival will be a mix of historical knowledge and engaging discussion linking directly to the Gallery’s collection. The public will be able to book free tickets online (tickets will be live soon). A morning of fascinating speakers in the Gallery’s Lecture Theatre will include author and historian Brian Lacey and University College Dublin Professor Katherine O’Donnell, both discussing Irish LGBTQ+ writers and artists. Rainer Schulze from the University of Essex will explore Suleika Aldini and gender expression through Cabaret performance in Berlin.
After lunch in the architecturally stunning Courtyard, Kate Drinane, a member of the Gallery’s Education Team and founder of our LGBTQ+ programming, will introduce delegates to the queer works in the Gallery’s collection. Afternoon breakout sessions will focus on discussion and engagement, with conversations from Laura Harmon, Equality Campaigner and former president of the Union of Students in Ireland, and Patrick McDonagh, PhD Researcher, as well as Michael Cronin from Maynooth University, with Mary McAuliffe, Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at UCD.
A special archival display will be curated by Leah Benson, Gallery archivist and Tonie Walsh founder of the Irish Queer Archive. Prominent LGBTQ+ Irish artists will also lead practical workshops. The day will finish with a performance and talk in the spectacular Shaw Room. The full program of talks, tours, activities and music will be announced soon – watch this space!