Public programmes

There are a number of activities taking place at all four galleries throughout the duration of Into the Light. See below for details. 

For more information on any of these programmes please contact the galleries directly.

The Model, Sligo

Into the Light public programme

  • Artist’s Talk by Sean Lynch to Institute of Technology, Sligo Student and open to general public 2pm Thursday 13 December 2012
  • School Days At The Model (Secondary, Primary and Third Level): an 8-week programme featuring a series of tours on the areas of landscape, domesticity and abstraction within modern / postmodern Irish art practice, with focused discussion on seminal works in the exhibition. Every Wednesday through term from 6 Feb-20 March with dedicated Secondary School and Primary School guides which can be downloaded before and after visits for use in the classroom.
  • Artists’ Talk - Mark Garry in conversation with Bart Lodewijks on common themes in their art practice.  Lodewijks is a Dutch artist who has been commissioned by The Model to develop a public drawing project in Sligo town. Thursday 14 March 2013
  • Master Class 1 March 2013 - Clea van der Grijn and participants create a piece of work in response to Into the Light, using unfamiliar materials inspired by themes of domesticity and fragility. Limited to 10 participants and including a Curator’s tour of the exhibition, with a follow-up critique with the artist a week later (8 March 2013).

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Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

 Into the Light public programme

  • 24 November 2012: Children’s art workshop, Create an Abstract Jigsaw, artist Lynn McGrane
  • 25 November 2012: Free children’s sketching class, Light and Reflections
  • 5 December 2012: Coffee lecture, Seeing Clouds for the First Time, Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions
  • 9 December 2012: Free public lecture, Visual Expressions of Contemporary Culture,  artist Ann Minehane Armstrong
  • 9 December 2012: Free children’s sketching class, Floating Clouds
  • 16 Deember 2012: Free public lecture, Into The Light, Karen Downey, Project Curator of Into The Light
  • 6 January 2013: Free film screening, Goldenboy-Patrick Scott
  • 20 January 2013: Free children’s sketching class, Shapes in Art
  • 20 January 2013: Free public lecture, Contemporary Sculpture, Declan Long, Course Director NCAD
  • 30 January 2013: Coffee lecture, Conversation with artist & curator, Karl Burke & Michael Dempsey
  • 3 February 2013: Free children’s sketching, Sculpture and Space
  • 14 February 2013: Free public lecture, The (Contemporary) Art of Love, artist Michelle Browne

Further information


Limerick City Gallery of Art

Audience and Access Programme

Into the Light Arts Council 60th Anniversary Exhibition (29 November- 14 January) - Enda O'Donoghue 'The Last Days of Gravity'

Free family crafternoon workshops (1, 8 & 15 December, 12-1pm)

Crafternoon workshops will enable families to explore the Into the Light Arts Council Collection exhibition by creating their own artworks inspired by and responding to different aspects of the exhibitions. Sessions are led by qualified and experienced local art educators
Suitable for children aged 4-10 years accompanied by enthusiastic adults. No booking but on a first-come/first-served basis so come early to avoid disappointment. All materials provided.

Children's Into the Light Christmas Competition

To celebrate the 60th Anniversary Exhibition of the Arts Council Collection in Limerick City Gallery of Art, children of all ages are invited to look Into the Light and respond to an artwork of their choice in the exhibition with their own poem, story or artwork.

Entry sheets will be available from the LCGA Front Desk from November 30th. Prize winner will be announced before Christmas. A selection of entries will be exhibited in the Hub space in January 2013. Local primary schools have been invited to bring class groups to the Gallery for a tour of the exhibition followed by a workshop in which children can respond creatively to their encounters and produce their entries.

'Art Bite' tour series

Building on a strong Guided Access Programme within Limerick City Gallery of Art, an 'Art Bite' public tour series has been devised to explore the Into the Light exhibition of the Arts Council Collection which affords a unique opportunity to follow lines of enquiry in their entirety through the story of 20th century Irish art. These tours will introduce visitors to the exhibition as a whole but also offer focused discussions of the work of particular artists featured. Art Bite tours are free and run on a drop in basis.

  • Saturday 1 December, 2pm:  Public 'Art Bite' tour with focus on the work of Enda O' Donoghue
  • Friday 14 December, 4pm: Public 'Art Bite' Tour with focus on the work of Louis le Brocquy and Anne Madden
  • Saturday 15 December, 2pm: Public 'Art Bite' Tour with focus on the work of Michael Farrell and Robert Ballagh

Tours for school, community and private groups can be tailored to focus on particular areas of interest for visitors. Bookings can be made with the Audience and Access Coordinator, Aoibhie McCarthy ( Two weeks notice is required in order to facilitate groups

Tour of the exhibition as Gaeilge (Thursday 6 December, 6pm)

To celebrate the opening of the Arts Council Collection exhibition Into the Light with Limerick's active Irish-speaking community, artist Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire will lead a tour and discussion of the exhibition as gaeilge. This free drop-in event has been arranged with the support of Gaeil Lumni

Life-drawing workshop (Thursday 13 December 6-8pm)

This free life-drawing session in association with Limerick Figure Drawing Society will draw on examples from the Arts Council Collection which has been made available uniquely to amateur drawers by the 60th anniversary exhibition Into the Light in Limerick City Gallery of Art. A tour examining particular works in the exhibition will be followed by a practical session with a live model. Students and adults of all levels of drawing ability are welcome. Booking in advance required as numbers are limited: email  All materials are provided.

Further information


Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Into the Light public programme

The Crawford Art Gallery is a cultural resource that is open to everyone and entrance is always free. Our access and engagement programmes offer a variety of ways in which visitors can creatively respond to the exhibition Into the Light.

We invite Young Art Detectives to join us with a series of exploration sheets, which will run throughout the exhibition Into the Light.

The Thursday Club is an on-going engagement programme open to mature audiences. Each session takes place from 2pm- 4pm on a Thursday afternoon, beginning with a artist-led tour which will focus on selected artwork from the exhibition Into the Light, followed by tea, biscuits and chat in the gallery library, and finally an optional hands-on workshop.

Our Arts and Health Programme will focus on key works featured in the exhibition Into the Light, we are proud to engage with a group called Art+Minds whose aim is to support the well being of mental health service users through engagement with the arts in Cork. As will the gallery's visiting programme for people with Alzheimer's disease.

We look forward to all kinds of fun responses from our Saturday Morning Children's Art Groups who will seek inspiration in the gallery spaces.

Lastly, but not least, our Teen Programme, for 14-17 years, which runs on a Thursday evenings from 6.30pm-8.00pm, will invite teens to have their say. 

In working to promote access and participation the gallery supports both long-term engagement with community groups and schools, as well as, one off visits. Crawford Art Gallery Education programme runs on-going tours for schools and community groups, 6 days per week. Tours are led by a small team of experienced guides and include sketching and hands-on activities where appropriate. Guided tours are available 6 days a week, Mon-Sat, from 10am - 5pm, with late opening till 8pm on Thursday evenings.

Further information

For further information and bookings contact:
Anne: 021 4907857  
Emma: 021 4907862

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Helena Gorey, Arts Council Collection Manager, hanging the title image for Into the Light - Meditation (2009) Patrick Scott.