Art Galleries and Tours in Ireland


The National Gallery of Ireland has a small but exquisite collection of renowned masterpieces including a recently discovered Caravaggio to make the visit worth the while.


The Artists Face to Face exhibition includes depictions of artists date back to Ancient Egypt (incidentally artists were treated as craftsmen up to the Renaissance period). From the wide variety of artists’ portraits in the gallery over five centuries, this selection highlights their working practices. Images in the studio show the working tools of both painters and a rare one of a sculptor.. While portraits of artists posed with a brush are statements about their self-image other artists enjoyed dressing up, even moving out of doors as part of the everyday world. Artists in this exhibition include Gerard Dillon, John Lavery, William Orpen, and Nano Reid.


The New Jack B. Yeats Display exhibition ‘Masterpieces from the Collection’ features a new display of paintings devoted to Jack B. Yeats. It the artist’s most popular works, The Singing Horseman (1949), Men of Destiny(1946), A Lake Regatta (1923) and Above the Fair (1946).


Jack of All Trades exhibition features a selection of illustrations that highlight the tradition of commercial illustration by Irish artists who are best–known for their achievements in painting. This includes Jack B. Yeats, Aloysius O’Kelly and Richard Thomas Moynan. The illustrative work of these artists provides a valuable insight into their personality and particular social, political and other interests.


The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland’s leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. The Museum presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic programme of exhibitions, which regularly includes bodies of work from its own collection.


New Faith Love Song by Garrett Phelan comprises an ambitious off-site live performance sound work which will culminate into an exhibition of sound, photography, drawing, sculpture and animation in the New Galleries at IMMA.For the sound piece, Phelan will work with the bells of the cathedrals


IMMA will have a city centre presence at the National Concert Hall with a new exhibition, Time out of Mind, curated as an open composition which will particularly engage with the theme of science in celebration of Dublin City of Science 2012 and brings together the work of 27 leading Irish and international artists including Carlos Amorales, Lynda Benglis, Michael Craig-Martin, Dorothy Cross, Marcel Duchamp and Clodagh Emoe.


Crawford Art Gallery, located in the heart of Cork city, beside the Opera House, is a critical part of Ireland’s cultural and tourism infrastructure, welcoming over 200,000 visitors a year. Admission to the Gallery and to exhibitions is free.


This summer, the gallery will present a major exhibition of the work of Irish artist Sean Keating. The exhibition aims to encourage a re-evaluation of the artist’s contribution to Irish life as an artist in the post-Treaty years.


The exhibition will feature many of Keating’s better-known paintings alongside a few that were lost to art history and are now re-discovered.


The Kenny Gallery in Galway have been selling original works of art for over 70 years. The gallery specialises in contemporary Irish art of 19th and 20th century artists and frequently hosts exhibitions by visiting artists from Europe and the US.


Three contemporary expressionists with a common inspiration in the Irish landscape are on exhibition in the gallery.  Leah Beggs, Joan Hogan and Charlotte Kelly will each showcase their most recent individual works in oils on canvas.


An exciting selection of limited edition prints made by some of Ireland’s top artists are to appear at The Kenny Gallery, Galway during July and August. .Included will be a selection of works from Barrie Cooke, Dorothy Cross, William Crozier, Charles Cullen, Felim Egan, Louis le Brocquy, Alice Maher, Sean McSweeney, Mick O’Dea, Patrick Scott… and others.


Born in Longford but emigrated to London in the sixties, Bernard Canavan’s paintings are about Irish and emigrant life in the UK from fifty years ago. This exhibition, records the change they felt moving from rural Ireland to the big city where nobody knew you..


Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is the oldest gallery of modern and contemporary art and has a great collection of paintings, sculpture, drawings and Francis Bacon’s studio. Sleepwalkers is an experiment in exhibition production where over a six month period Gallery 8 is open to the public as it operates as a meeting hub for six invited artists to develop site specific installations to be exhibited in 2012 and 2013 at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.


Limerick City Gallery of Art is the largest contemporary art gallery in the Mid-Western Region, annually exhibiting national and international artists in a diverse exhibition programme.


In TENSE, an exhibition of work by nine national and international artistss is presented across a range of media.  This exhibition features video & film works, sculpture, photography, painting and installation..


With artists ranging from Grace Henry to Amy O’Riordan, Alice Maher, Kathy Prendergast and Anita Groener on display, this exhibition has Beauty and Strength as just two of its characteristics.