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The Ocean After Nature is the theme for this exhibition; it will be explored through photography, video, sculpture, music and design, a real variety of work for you to absorb as you wander the exhibition. Curated by Alaina Claire Feldman, this exhibition will ruminate on ecological, political, economic and cultural subjects informed by the watery theme. Rising sea levels, dying reefs and dwindling fish stocks… The Ocean After Nature will inform and intrigue.

Over the past three decades Eithne Jordan has worked from her roots in neo-expressionism and developed her practice into a considered and meditative representation of space and light. Whether it is the darkness of a February afternoon, the reflected light of a fresh snowfall, or the distinctive hue of Halogen Street lights, her paintings are charged with content that is either to come, or else is taking place just out of view. Her work in recent years focuses on the contemporary city, looking at places such as Paris, Rotterdam, Madrid, Vienna, and most recently Dublin. In her new series of paintings depicting interiors, Jordan invites us to look closely at the multi layered histories woven through the spaces of institutions and public buildings in our cities. Many of these are museums, or historic buildings that often contain art as a backdrop to civic, educational or cultural activities In Jordan’s exhibition at The Hugh Lane, Tableau, her works inhabiting the rooms of Charlemont House, once domestic, now public, become a Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art. These paintings, like a strange mirror, are observing us, and reflecting a repetition of lives lived. Jordan is working in the realm of the extraordinary, […]

Buckle up for In Case Of Emergency at the Science Gallery where catastrophe is the theme of the day. With this exhibition, the Science Gallery is wondering why apocalyptic happenings are so innately entertaining. They form the plots for films, have been the subjects of books, and even manifest themselves as epic paintings. What is it about Doomsday disasters that has us rapt, gossiping about whether millenarian predictions are coming true? Explore the science behind the sci-fi with dreamers and designers at the Science Gallery’s latest exhibition, full of opportunities to interact with artwork and explore your own relationship with deathly doom. TUE–FRI 12:00-20:00 SAT-SUN 12:00–18:00 CLOSED MONDAYS

This autumn, Ballet Ireland present their critically-acclaimed version of Romeo and Juliet, the tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, accompanied by Prokofiev’s incredible music and performed by a cast of world-class dancers. Based on Shakespeare’s story of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Against a backdrop of ancient feuds and gang warfare, the ill-fated young couple falls hopelessly in love, but their families are bitter enemies. In order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything. Following Ballet Ireland’s hugely successful production of Giselle earlier this year, the company’s critically-acclaimed Romeo and Juliet will be in 24 venues throughout Ireland this autumn 3rd November – 23rd December, including performances in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th November. In this version, choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple and with Prokofiev’s stunning music, Shakespeare’s tragic tale is transported from the streets of medieval Verona into the classrooms of a modern-day high school and becomes a play within a play. The Chaplain at a school, divided by gangs and violence, brings a fight to a close. He, together with their form teacher, attempts to show the futility of such behaviour […]

Oskar is a lonely, bullied teenager who lives with his mother on the edge of town. Eli just moved in next door. She doesn’t go to school and stays indoors all day. These two young misfits soon forge a deep connection but, when a series of mysterious killings plagues the neighbourhood, their friendship is tested beyond all imaginable limits. Following runs in London and New York, Let the Right One In comes to the Abbey with a new Irish cast as the centrepiece of our winter season. Tony and Olivier award-winning director John Tiffany directs a script adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne, based on the original vampire novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist and film by Tomas Alfredson. Recommended for adults and fearless teenagers aged 13+ This production contains violence, strong language, loud noises and flashing lights.

Mince pies, magical storytelling, and priceless family memories await you at EPIC Santa Experience in the atmospheric vaults of the CHQ Building. Children of all ages will be thrilled when Mrs Claus and Santa’s elves greet them with a warm welcome, before leading the way to meet Santa Claus in his enchanting grotto. After the little ones receive a gift from Santa, they will experience even more seasonal delight when the elves tell them a spellbinding Christmas story. Sprinkle some festive magic for all the family and give the kids an early Christmas present by visiting the Santa Experience at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.

The worlds of sport and art collide in artist Abigail O’Brien’s new exhibition, Prudence and the Game of Golf. Following Fortitude, 2005 and Temperance, 2009, Prudence and the Game of Golf is O’Brien’s third exploration of the natural virtues. These virtues are said to govern our actions and passions. In The Descent of Man, Grayson Perry describes sport as “civilised war, an acceptable arena to bare one’s teeth” which makes sport an ample jumping off point to begin exploring the virtues that guide us. Combining photography and sculpture, Abigail O’Brien’s moulded environment explores themes that transcend an eighteen-hole game of golf. Even if you’re not exactly Rory McIlroy on the course, Prudence and the Game of Golf might just make you look at golf differently.

In December 2012, James Arthur’s debut single “Impossible” became the biggest X Factor winner’s song of all time, achieving over three million downloads and staying at No.1 for three weeks. However, months after his debut single and album was finally usurped from the top spot, the struggles of the limelight became too much for the singer and in his own words, he “cracked”. The people’s winner, the musicians’ winner, seemed to have had lost support thanks to a well-documented and self-admitted public breakdown. Fast Forward 2 years, James is now able to meet the challenges of the spotlight with a good slice of know-how: “Those two years have benefitted me a lot. I’ve used the time well and actively participated in my new album a lot more than I did on the first one.” That way, James’ reboot draws on the creative collaboration on “Back from the Edge”.

William Crozier was a Scottish-born, Irish artist whose work saw him appreciated on a European scale. Crozier was nothing if not urbane, settling in London, Dublin and Paris at one time or another. His work – figurative, bright and abstract, saw him aligned with European artists, and their appreciation was proven when he was awarded the Premio Lissone in Milan in 1958. IMMA is looking to the landscapes that Crozier created during the autumn of his career, when he was resident in his beloved West Cork, and contrasting them with his early work which was inspired by the existentialism movement in the shadow of the recently-ceased world war. William Crozier passed away in 2011, but IMMA is ensuring that his memory doesn’t fade with the years by renewing the public’s interest in his work with this comprehensive exhibition.

Irish currency has an fascinating past that you can delve into at this absorbing exhibition at the new Central Bank visitor centre. Developing our own currency came about following the establishment of the Irish Free State. Journey through this development of modern Irish coinage and bank notes at The Birth of Modern Irish Currency which features unique displays and original designs.

Often regarded as the blueprint for modern photo journalism, Francisco Goya’s Disasters of War prints capture the shocking reality of warfare. Containing some of the most brutally graphic images of war ever produced, Goya used sparse lines combined with strong light and dark shadow to convey the extreme violence following Napolean Bonaparte’s invasion of Spain in 1808. A master draftsman and printmaker, Goya worked on these evocative etchings but the prints didn’t see the light of day until after his death. Today the Chester Beatty Library holds the entire collection of 80 prints, and half of the collection is available for you to view in this exhibition. With poignant scenes of human suffering alongside detailed etchings of extreme violence, prepare to be moved – if not shocked – by Francisco Goya’s prints.

The popular Santa Experience returns to Croke Park and this year Santa is bringing along his good friend ‘Stitch the Snowman’. Stitch comes from a long line of GAA sporting legends and has a puck out so good that he can send a sliothar flying to the North Pole in just one swing! Your family will wander through the Polar Palace in search of Stitch the Snowman, following a series of clues around the stadium. Along the way, you will visit Santa’s Grotto, where every child will receive a gift, the Ski Patrol Room which is manned by Santa’s elves, and go pitchside for a special surprise! This wonderful new winter experience for families is sure to be a hit, especially those with a passion for Gaelic games. There will be plenty of beautiful festive family photo opportunities with Santa and Stitch during the tour, and a professional photographer will also be on hand to capture the moment. Croke Park’s new Santa Experience also includes free admission to the GAA Museum, where families can discover two floors of interactive exhibits. Children can pick up their Junior Explorer passport and follow the special route which highlights some of the most fascinating […]