Upcoming Events

National Drawing Day for Families

Saturday 20th May
1 - 4pm

Admission free

The opportunity for families to draw together in an interactive drawing day with artist Kiera O’ Toole and Andy Parsons.

Everyone draws, scribbles and doodles at some stage and we all sketch out maps, directions etc.  So whatever your skill, ability or perspective on drawing this is a great opportunity to reconnect with your drawing abilities together with friends and family of all ages.

National Drawing Day is a nationwide initiative which is coordinated by the National Gallery of Ireland. The Dock will provide a range of drawing materials and the ideas with which will unlock new techniques and offer you the opportunity to try out fun ideas. The sessions will be led by artists Kiera O' Toole and Andy Parsons.

Our galleries will also be open with an exhibition by Ailbhe Ní Bhriain for you to explore & draw from.

Kiera O' Toole is a visual artist / researcher who is currently based at The Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Co Sligo. She has studied Fine Art at Dublin Institute of Technology graduating in 2000 and completed a MPhil (Fine Art) in Newcastle University, Australia in 2013. Currently, she coordinates the Irish constituent of the international Drawing Circles Project which circulates notebooks using drawing as a visual form of conversation. She also lead the Coolaney Drawing Project which is an ongoing experimental and collaborative drawing project that examines the history of Coolaney village in Co Sligo.

Andy Parsons has shown widely in London, Amsterdam, Dublin and Tokyo. His work includes painting drawing printmaking sculpture and artists books. Exhibitions have included the Jerwood Drawing Prize and solo shows at the Castlefield Gallery in Manchester and the Standpoint Gallery in London. He has been involved in a number of projects which have been devised to engage directly with the public. This has led him to work in a number of areas, as a facilitator, lecturer, critic and curator.