All pics taken by Braliem Jousc
I really admire all the art scene that happens yearly in Ireland. My first contact was in Dublin with the Culture Night. Rightly named, in one night it’s possible to attend different events across the island, when several arts organisations open their doors with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances.
Then, in Galway, I found a very active live music agenda in pubs and many local festivals. Some months later I saw the same activity in more cities and towns.
As a journalist specialised in art and culture I was having an orgasm discovering all these activities and reading all about them. I even created a new list in my twitter account to follow museums, art galleries, venues, festivals, pubs, some local bands, art centres, dance companies, theatres, writers, photographers, newspapers, art magazines, journalists, and art organisations. Two years ago, this list began with 10 or 12 profiles, today has more than 500.
One of the most active entities on twitter is the National Gallery of Ireland (NGI). When I visited it for the first time they were working on their new wings. The gallery reopened on June of 2017 and one month later, on my second travel, I finally stepped on the refurbished Dargan and Milltown halls. More than 650 works of art are displayed in both sections. When I left my actual job I’m sure I’ll get more time to socialise the Irish art and cultural activity from my Twitter and this blog.
The NGI is a historical place in Dublin and one of the most visited buildings in town, it was established in 1854 and visitors can see over 16,300 works of art. The NGI has a café and a shop. Need more reasons to visit it? Read this, it's free, as the admission.
The National Gallery of Ireland is near to others interesting spots, like the National Library of Ireland, the Trinity College with its famous Book of Kells and the archaeological branch of the National Museum of Ireland. Now, with the new Luas line crossing the town is possible to get in few minutes the Collins Barracks, where are now the Decorative Arts andHistory divisions of the National Museum of Ireland.