Kind of new places..

We wanted to seek out a few new and different places this week. Can you help us out? Where have you recently been that was new and exciting?


The Linen Hall

This place isn’t new and we have walked past it about a million times and never gone in would you believe. Here’s a little taste of what’s going on for August:


Linen: Queen of Fabrics

At one time Ireland was the world’s biggest producer of linen. The story of this boom industry and the men and women consumed by it are the focus of this exhibition. Features items from the Library’s collections, PRONI, the Irish Linen Museum and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.


Power & Privilege: Photographs of The Big House in Ireland, 1858-1922

A fascinating glimpse into how the ‘other half’ lived just before the landlord system came crashing down. These photographs capture the rural idyll enjoyed when the rich were really rich and owned huge swathes of land, rambling country piles and the obligatory army of servants to maintain them. 

Photographs have been drawn from the National Photographic Archive’s collection of over a million pictures. Many are being exhibited for the first time.


Photographic Contemplation
By Norma Burrowes

Based in Randalstown, Burrowes is a visual artist who works mainly in photography. This series of pictures is preoccupied with memory, resonant of emotional life that imprints upon the natural world and those moments and spaces where the natural world reaches out into our emotional lives.

This Exhibition is part of the Linen Hall Library’s Local Art by Local Artists Series



The Chester Beatty Library

A friend once introduced us to this place a long time ago and what with him being so clever we weren’t disappointed. Have you already been? Isn’t it full of beautiful things?

“Described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled bySir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Its rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe opens a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Chester Beatty Library was named Irish Museum of the year in 2000 and was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002.”

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

11 May – 5 August 2012

“The tale of the Bamboo Cutter is the oldest Japanese work of prose fiction, written in the early Heian period (794-1185).  It is one of the most important stories in Japanese classical courtly literature and is well known for its influence on later Japanese literary works.

The Chester Beatty Bamboo Cutter scrolls, dating to the early seventeenth century, are believed to be the earliest surviving illustrated version of the tale.  They are representative of the long tradition in Japanese narrative handscrolls (emakimono) of alternating paintings with exquisite cursive text.  This pair of scrolls, recognized as a masterpiece from a Kano School artist of the early Edo period (1600-1867), merges elements of Chinese painting with the decorativeness, colour and pattern of Japanese painting.”

Arts of the Book

“Arts of the Book, a permanent exhibition of almost 600 objects from the Library’s collections displays books from the ancient world, including the world famous Chester Beatty Love Poems (c.1160 BC), Egyptian Books of the Dead and beautifully illuminated European manuscripts. One of the highlights is the display of Western book-bindings (5th-20th century) and Old Master prints. The exhibition also explores the richness of the Islamic manuscript tradition including illustrations and illuminations, calligraphy, and exquisite bindings from across the Middle East and India. Highlights from East Asia include one of the finest collections of Chinese jade books in the world, Japanese picture-scrolls depicting fables and legends, and deluxe woodblock prints. Audio-visual programmes complement the exhibition, helping the visitor to learn more about the arts of the book throughout the world”

Anybody else feeling like a little bit of culture this weekend? Where are you headed to?

Please comment with the many places we have forgotten.

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