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What's On 2018


Free guided tours are available at 1pm on Wednesdays, 2pm on Saturdays and 3pm on Sundays.


All lectures, guided tours & films are on a first-come, first- served basis with no booking required, unless otherwise stated.

April.


Thursday 26 April, 1:10pm

Talk: Islam and Christianity: Divinity Shared or Divided

Diana Darke, author, Middle East cultural expert, Arabist, and BBC broadcaster


Saturday 28 Apirl, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Arabic Language Tour with Bayan Musallam


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


May 2018


Tuesday 1 May, 12noon


Conversations on Art: Dementia-friendly tours

The Chester Beatty Library is delighted to offer a selection of interactive tours specially designed for people living with dementia and their loved ones (Azure Tours). Take a break from the everyday and enjoy an afternoon of conversations on art and life in general. Join us for a relaxing tea or coffee in the Silk Road Café before we take you on a tour of our beautiful collections. Limited to 10 Participants per tour, attendance is Free, however booking is required. Please call Heidi Campbell on 01 4070766 for more information.

Saturday 5 May, 2 – 3:30pm


Silk Worm Club: The Art of the Postage Stamp


Chester Beatty is being commemorated with four new postage stamp designs this year. Learn about the wonderful world of stamps and join us to explore this traditional graphic art where you can make your very own stamp to celebrate someone special to you.
Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE

Sunday 6 May, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Japanese Language Tour with Hiromi Anzai


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.

Thursday 10 May, 1:10pm

Talk: Flowers, Feathers and Fun: Illuminating the Margins of the Coëtivy Hours

Dr Jill Unkel, Curator of Western Collections, Chester Beatty Library


Saturday 12 May, 2pm

Bealtaine Film Screening: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

During the period of strong racial tensions across the USA happy go lucky Joanna brings her new fiancé (Sidney Poitier) to meet her family. Despite being a charming and highly successful doctor, the family’s attitudes are challenged with his age, race and being a widower. English. 1967, PG (108 min). Free, no booking required.


Sunday 13 May, 2pm

Film – Oliver!

The boy who wanted more is brought to life in this multi-Oscar-winning version of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Sing along with classic like ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘Consider Yourself’ and ‘You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two’. English. 1968, G (153 min). Free, no booking required.


Saturday 19 May, 11:15am – 1:30pm (12 – 14 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Drawing workshop


Celebrate National Drawing Day, with a workshop dedicated to drawing. Join illustrator Philip Kennedy as he explores the rich and vibrant work in the Chester Beatty collection and presents some fun, unusual and creative approaches to drawing. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


Saturday 19 May, 1:30 – 2:30pm

National Drawing Day: Freehand Sketching

Bring your sketchbook and get the artistic juices flowing. This session, designed for adults, will explore how to execute depth and build layers to create mysterious drawings filled with hidden meanings. Materials provided, free no booking required.

Saturday 19 May, 2.15–4.30pm (15 – 17 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Drawing workshop


Celebrate National Drawing Day, with a workshop dedicated to drawing. Join illustrator Philip Kennedy as he explores the rich and vibrant work in the Chester Beatty collection and presents some fun, unusual and creative approaches to drawing. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


Sunday 20 May, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Arabic Language Tour with Bayan Musallam and Asmaa Ashour


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Monday 21 May, 10:30 - 3:30pm

Bealtaine Workshop: Exploring Friendship and Love through a Journey of Patterns and Colours

Take an inspiration from The Coëtivy Hours and investigate delicate patterns, shapes and colours through etching and chine-collé with Debora Ando. You will learn a technique as old as The Coëtivy Hours and create your own original print. Our theme for this workshop embraces human relations and feelings of friendship, welcoming, generosity and love. Limited to 15 participants, €15.00 per person, materials provided. Please book HERE.


Saturday 26 May, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Mandarin Language Tour with Vicky Wang


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Saturday 26 May, 12noon

Qi Gong at the Rooftop Garden

Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation, coordinating slow movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm state of mind. Join us for a gentle practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with the view of the rooftop garden. Suitable for all ages.

Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Monday 28 May, 11am


Tiny Fingers, Little Toes: Bealtaine event - Nanas, Papas and Babas

Have fun and enjoy some special time with your grandchild. Taking inspiration from the Chester Beatty Library collections, this event will encourage interaction between nanas, papas and babas through storytelling and gentle movement. These mini-workshops are for pre-school children and their parents or guardians. Limited to twenty children per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


June 2018


Saturday 2 June, 2 – 3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: My Magical Story


To celebrate Miniature Masterpiece: The Coëtivy Hours exhibition, join us and create a fantastical miniature folded book filled with your own original stories.
Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE

Tuesday 5 June, 12noon


Conversations on Art: Dementia-friendly tours

The Chester Beatty Library is delighted to offer a selection of interactive tours specially designed for people living with dementia and their loved ones (Azure Tours). Take a break from the everyday and enjoy an afternoon of conversations on art and life in general. Join us for a relaxing tea or coffee in the Silk Road Café before we take you on a tour of our beautiful collections. Limited to 10 Participants per tour, attendance is Free, however booking is required. Please call Heidi Campbell on 01 4070766 for more information.

Thursday 7 June, 1:10pm

Talk: Dining and Diplomacy: Setting the table for Japan’s Meiji Emperor

Dr Mary Redfern, Curator of East Asian Collections, Chester Beatty Library

Friday 8 June, 10:30am – 4pm

Conservation Symposium: Conserving the Past, Training for the Future

A core part of the Library’s mission is to train and mentor newly-graduated conservators through an internship programme generously funded by the Library’s Patrons and the Heritage Council. We are delighted that a number of alumni will return to share their insights into the challenges they face in caring for the collections of leading institutions internationally. Free, limited places available, booking is essential. Booking HERE soon.


Saturday 9 June, 12noon

Qi Gong at the Rooftop Garden

Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation, coordinating slow movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm state of mind. Join us for a gentle practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with the view of the rooftop garden. Suitable for all ages.

Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Saturday 9 June, 2pm

In Focus Tour: Chester Beatty’s Gift to the Nation

Orla Ryan, Guide

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Sunday 10 June, 2pm


Thai Cultural Day


The Library is delighted to welcome back our annual Thai Cultural Day this June. Join us to hear some stories inspired by the Jataka tales found in the Library’s Thai collection, take a copy of a gallery trail or partake in the drop-in family workshop. Complementary copies of Temyia the Mute Prince story for children will be available for visitors. Free, no booking required.


Tuesday 12 June, 2pm


Ask a Conservator

The Conservation team will present practical tips on how best to care for your collections at home. The session will include time for you to quiz our conservators on any questions you might have concerning safe storage and display. For practical reasons we do however ask that you do not bring in your treasures on the day! Free, no booking required.

Thursday 14 June, 1:10pm


In Focus Tour: Exploring the materials of the Coëtivy Hours

Kristine Rose Beers, Senior Conservator, Chester Beatty Library

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Sunday 17 June, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Japanese Language Tour with Hiromi Anzai


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Sunday 17 June, 2pm

Film – Once Upon a Time in the West

Noted as one of the best westerns ever made Once Upon a Time in the West follows the story of Mrs. McBride played by Claudia Cardinale and she struggles to survive in the heat and desolation of the American West when all around her are assassins, gangs and the mysterious harmonica man. English, PG, 1968 (164 min)

Thursday, 21 June 2pm

Yoga at the Library

Join us this International Yoga Day for a lunchtime session. This drop in workshop with Mary Dowling is suitable for all levels of strength and flexibility, and will focus on gentle movements, stretching and breathing techniques. Please bring your own mat. Free, no booking required but places are limited.


Saturday 23 June, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Mandarin Language Tour with Vicky Wang


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Sunday 24 June, 1-3pm


Drop in Drawing Session

Learn drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading perspective and decoration during these relaxed informal sessions. Suitable for ages 13+. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only. Free, no booking required.

Friday 28 June, 1:10pm

Talk: Return of the Giant Killer Centipede: The conservation of the Tawara Tōda handscrolls

Andrew Thompson and Sydney Thomson, The Restorient Studio, Leiden


Saturday 30 June, 10.30am– 1.00pm (12-17 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Giant Knitathon

Participate in a large-scale Knitathon at the Chester Beatty Library! Try Arm Knitting or Giant Knitting-Nancy, knit on Giant Needles or bring your own knit and crochet patterns for a collaborative knitathon. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


July 2018


Tuesday 3 July, 12noon

Conversations on Art: Dementia-friendly tours

The Chester Beatty Library is delighted to offer a selection of interactive tours specially designed for people living with dementia and their loved ones (Azure Tours). Take a break from the everyday and enjoy an afternoon of conversations on art and life in general. Join us for a relaxing tea or coffee in the Silk Road Café before we take you on a tour of our beautiful collections. Limited to 10 Participants per tour, attendance is Free, however booking is required. Please call Heidi on 01 4070766 for more information.

Wednesday 4 July, 2pm

Film – Finian’s Rainbow

Take a trip with Finian (Fred Astaire) to Rainbow Valley as he tries to magically multiply the crock of gold he stole from the Leprechauns. All singing and all dancing will you leave asking How are things in Glocca Morra? English. 1968, G (181 min).


Thursday 5 July, 1:10pm

Talk: The Coëtivy Book of Hours, Polyphony in Paint

Andrew Thompson and Sydney Thomson, The Restorient Studio, Leiden

Saturday 7 July, 12noon

Qi Gong at the Rooftop Garden

Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation, coordinating slow movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm state of mind. Join us for a gentle practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with the view of the rooftop garden. Suitable for all ages.

Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Sunday 8 July, 1-3pm


Drop in Drawing Session

Learn drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading perspective and decoration during these relaxed informal sessions. Suitable for ages 13+. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only. Free, no booking required.

Wednesday 11 July, 11am – 12noon


Silk Worm Club Summer Special - Kids Yoga – Magic Carpet Journey


Hop on your magic carpet and hold on tight as we zoom off to faraway lands. There we will meet Chinese emperors, Japanese samurai and lots of exciting characters from the Chester Beatty Library collections while we weave tales, play and relax together.
Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE

Wednesday 12 July, 11am – 12noon


Silk Worm Club Summer Special - Kids Yoga – Kids Yoga – Animal Safari

Pack your suitcase! We're going on an adventure to search for dragons and elephants, and all kinds of colourful animals at the Chester Beatty Library. Don't forget your binoculars; we'll have lots of fun with stories, games, movement and relaxation.  Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE

Sunday 15 July, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Japanese Language Tour with Hiromi Anzai


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Monday 16 to Friday 20 July, 10.30am – 1pm (12 – 14 years)


Miniature Masterpiece: The Coëtivy Hours in Focus


This summer, teens are invited to join the Library’s Maker-in-Residence and explore the beautifully decorated medieval manuscript. Help bring the Library to life with our 3D printer and tablets and remix different objects, stories and pictures. Please watch this space for more details from July 1.

Monday 16 to Friday 20 July, 2 – 4.30pm (15 – 17 years)

Miniature Masterpiece: The Coëtivy Hours in Focus


This summer, teens are invited to join the Library’s Maker-in-Residence and explore the beautifully decorated medieval manuscript. Help bring the Library to life with our 3D printer and tablets and remix different objects, stories and pictures. Please watch this space for more details from July 1.

Saturday 21 July, 10.30am– 2.00pm (12-17 years)

Creative Teens Lab: Dublin Maker and Festival of Curiosity

Our Creative Lab will visit the annual Dublin Maker and Festival of Curiosity to discover DIY, electronics, inventions, crafts and much more. Off-site event. More information will be available in July. Please book HERE

Saturday 21 July, 2pm


In Focus Tour: Miniature Masterpiece: The Coëtivy Hours

Dr Jill Unkel, Curator of Western Collections, Chester Beatty Library

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Thursday 26 July, 1:10pm


In Focus Tour: Icons

Kurt Kullmann, Guide

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Saturday 28 July, 10.30am – 4.30pm & Sunday 29 July, 12noon – 4.30pm


The Coëtivy Book of Hours meets the art of Crewel Embroidery


Inspired by the wonderful flowers, birds and beasts of the Coëtivy Hours, join embroidery artist Phil Stewart, to create your own crewel work embroidery. The workshop includes drawing, design and practical stitch sampling on day one, followed by more focused work on your own piece on day two. Suitable for all levels, materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own tools. Limited to 10 participants, €85 per person. Please book HERE


Saturday 28 July, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Arabic Language Tour with Bayan Musallam and Asmaa Ashour


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


August 2018



Wednesday 1 August, 2pm

Film – The Secret of Kells

Beautifully animated story of a young monk in medieval Ireland on a dangerous quest to help complete an ancient but unfinished book. Nominated for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. English. 2009, PG (75 min).  Free, no booking required.


Saturday 4 August, 2.30pm

Family time: Saints in Stories

Join storyteller Róisín Murphy as she delves into much loved stories of saints inspired by our exhibition Miniature Masterpiece: The Coëtivy Hours. Free, no booking required.


Sunday 5 August, 2pm

Film – The Odd Couple

With his friend in the middle of a traumatic divorce, Oscar volunteers to take him in. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are at their comic best in this hilarious and charming 1968 classic. English. 1968, G (105 min). Free, no booking required.


Tuesday 7 August, 12noon


Conversations on Art: Dementia-friendly tours

The Chester Beatty Library is delighted to offer a selection of interactive tours specially designed for people living with dementia and their loved ones (Azure Tours). Take a break from the everyday and enjoy an afternoon of conversations on art and life in general. Join us for a relaxing tea or coffee in the Silk Road Café before we take you on a tour of our beautiful collections. Limited to 10 Participants per tour, attendance is Free, however booking is required. Please call Heidi on 01 4070766 for more information.

Thursday 9 August, 1:10pm

Talk: The Admiral and the Virgin

Professor Richard Gameson, Department of History, Durham University


Saturday 11 August, 12noon

Qi Gong at the Rooftop Garden

Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation, coordinating slow movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm state of mind. Join us for a gentle practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with the view of the rooftop garden. Suitable for all ages.

Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Saturday 11 August, 2pm


In Focus Tour: Buddhist religion and Art

Patricia McCabe, Guide

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Sunday 12 August, 1-3pm


Drop in Drawing Session

Learn drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading perspective and decoration during these relaxed informal sessions. Suitable for ages 13+. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only. Free, no booking required.

Sunday 12 August, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Japanese Language Tour with Hiromi Anzai


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


Saturday 18 August, 2:30pm

Family time: Medieval France

Celebrate Miniature Masterpiece: The Coëtivy Hours exhibition by taking a journey back in time with storyteller Róisín Murphy, as she recounts tales from medieval France. This event has be organised to mark Heritage Week. Free, no booking required.

Saturday 18 August, 10.15am - 1pm (12 - 14 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Claymation with Paper Panther Productions


Join us and discover how to produce your own stop-motion and clay animations inspired by the characters found at the Chester Beatty Library. This workshop has been organised to mark Heritage Week. Please book HERE


Saturday 18 August, 1.45 - 4.30pm (15 - 17 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Claymation with Paper Panther Productions


Join us and discover how to produce your own stop-motion and clay animations inspired by the characters found at the Chester Beatty Library. This workshop has been organised to mark Heritage Week. Please book HERE


Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 August, 10.30am – 12noon


Silk Worm Club: Time Travelers: 2-Day workshop

Join us to travel in time and discover the fascinating drawings, shapes and colours of The Coëtivy Hours. You will learn how to make a screen print and create your own images on paper and fabric. This event has been organised to mark Heritage Week. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE

Wednesday 22 August, 2pm

Film - A Man For All Seasons

This 1966 classic recounts the political and religious battle between Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) and Henry VIII, when the corrupt King demands approval to divorce his wife and marry his mistress. English, 1966, G (120 min). Free, no booking required.

Thursday 23 August, 1:10pm

Talk: Intricate Indian Miniatures through the Eyes of a Conservator

Alice Derham, Heritage Council Intern in Conservation, Chester Beatty Library


Thursday 30 August, 1:10pm


In Focus Tour: Miniature Masterpiece: The Coëtivy Hours

Dr Jill Unkel, Curator of Western Collections, Chester Beatty Library

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.