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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.


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November 2017



Wednesday 15 November, 2pm

Film – Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky and Cristina, two American friends on a summer holiday in Barcelona, become involved with a Spanish painter. When  his ex-wife reappears, their fiery relationship reignites, engulfing all. English. 2008, 15A (96 min). Free, no booking required.


Thursday 16 November, 2pm

In Focus Tour: Disasters of War: The Etchings of Francisco Goya.
Mary O’Riordan, Guide

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

Saturday 18 November, 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 19 November, 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.

Saturday 25 November, 11am

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

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

Saturday 25 November, 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 26 November, 2pm

Film – El Sur

A haunting and melancholy story of childhood. A girl from the north of Spain is fascinated by the magical and mysterious tales of the south and the secrets about her father that are held there. Spanish, with English subtitles. 1983, CLUB (105 mins). Free, no booking required.


Thursday 30 November, 1:10pm

Talk: ‘Hyakunin isshu karuta’: A Card Game Made from a Hundred Japanese Poems

Peter MacMillan, poet, printmaker and translator.


December 2017


Saturday 2 December, 10:30 – 11:15am


Tiny Fingers, Little Toes:  Icicle, Popsicle Christmas Creatures


For this festive season listen to a short story about a busy little mouse and a freezing cold reindeer. Then we will make the characters using lollipop sticks, markers, cotton wool and felt. 
Free, booking essential, limited to the first 20 pre-school children. Please book HERE.

This event is fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766.

Saturday 2 December, 2pm

In Focus Tour: Goya’s Disasters of War
Dr. Jill Unkel, Curator of the Western Collections

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


Saturday 2 December, 2 – 3:30pm

Silk Worm Club: 'When I grow up' Self-Portraits

Francisco Goya and other artists who painted famous people often added props to represent the occupation and status of their models to capture their life stories. What objects would you put in your self-portrait to tell the story of what you'd like to be when you are older? 
Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE.

This event is fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766 or Justyna on 01 4070772. 

Sunday 3 December, 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 3 December, 1.30 – 4pm

Pottery Workshop

Why not surprise someone this Christmas with a hand-made gift? Join artist Christien van Bussel and create your own decorative box and cover. We will learn how to form, colour and glaze clay before it is fired to make it strong and durable. Your pottery will be ready for collection at the Library from Thursday 14 December. Suitable for all levels. Limited to 15 participants, €35.00 per person, materials provided. Booking Essential. Please Book HERE.

This event is fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766 or Justyna on 01 4070772. 

Sunday 3 December, 2pm

Mixed Melodies Music Performance

This Christmas season, the Georgian Youth Ensemble Mixed Melodies, conducted by Ms Zizi Nanobashvili-Loftus, will sing an array of traditional Georgian polyphonic and international songs, including some of your favourite Christmas carols. This event is organised by the Embassy of Georgia to Ireland. Free, no booking required.


Tuesday 5 December, 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 December, 1:10pm

Talk: Francisco Goya: From Palace Paintings to Private Pictures

Caoilte O Mahony, Education Officer, National Gallery of Ireland.

By the time he started on The Disasters of War in 1810, Goya had worked his way up from a humble working-class background to be the leading artist of Spain – Painter to the King.  But his story is also the story of Spain during one of the most volatile periods of its history. This talk will consider Goya as an astute observer of the world around him, and present his art as a direct response to the tumultuous events of his day - from the liberations of the Enlightenment, to the suppressions of the Inquisition, to the horrors of war following the Napoleonic invasion.

Saturday 9 December, 11:15am – 1:15pm (12 – 14 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Origami Christmas workshop


Using
basic origami folds and techniques before transforming your choice of paper  into beautiful and elegant decorations for home or as a handmade present. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


This event is fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766.

Saturday 9 December, 2pm – 4pm (15 – 17 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Origami Christmas workshop


Using basic origami folds and techniques before transforming your choice of paper  into beautiful and elegant decorations for home or as a handmade present. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please bookHERE.

Saturday 9 December, 2pm

In Focus Tour: Chester Beatty’s Icons
Dr. Kurt Kullmann, Guide

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


Sunday 10 December, 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 16 December, 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 16 December, 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 17 December, 2pm

Film - The Lost Letter

Narrated by Kate Winslet, this short film tells the tale of a young boy as he prepares his neighbourhood for Christmas. That is until he confronts the one lady who doesn’t want the holiday to come at all. The determined boy does all he can to bring colour to her dreary world, only to discover the truth behind her lack of Christmas spirit. English. 2016, G (8min)


Sunday 17 December, 2.15pm


Film - Lady and the Tramp


Join us for a screening of Disney's 1955 animated classic featuring a pampered cocker- spaniel, Lady and the care-free and easy – going Tramp. English. 1995, G (76 min). Free, no booking required.


Saturday 23 December, 11am

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

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