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New for Winter 2020!

Gallery Learning Programme - Online

An online Gallery Learning Programme is available this Winter to make sure that everyone can still have lots of opportunites to get creative at home. The programme is jam packed full of live talks, conversations, demonstrations and art making workshops. The emphasis is on learning together as we all try out new things this Winter. Give it a go, no experience necessary. Keep an eye on this page and our social media for updates!



Storytime by the Fire with your Teddy

Thursday 3 December, 3.30-5pm, suitable for young chlildren/families with an adult to help

Free but booking required.

Join children's writer Lucinda Jacob for an afternoon of storytelling by the fire. This is an online event.

Where has your teddy been? Where would it like to go? Tell the story with Lucinda, bring your favourite soft toy and join in the fun!

More information and bookng here

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Christmas Crafts Workshop for Adults

Saturday 12 December 11.30am-1pm  - Online

Cost €8 - materials will be sent to your home in advance.

Join artist Tunde Toth and make some beautiful handmade decorations for Christmas.

Create your striking Christmas stars with Tunde in this online silk fibre making workshop. Using pure, raw silk fibres with metallic materials and fabric dyes, participants will learn this contemporary making process and will make two silk stars - a truely unique homemade decoration for Christmas.

Book here

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Dementia Inclusive Tours go online!

Next available tour: Tuesday 1 Dec 2.30-4pm

Every Monday from 15 November - 14 December 11-12.30PM

Every Tuesday from 16 November  - 15 December 2.30 - 4pm

Free but booking required

Image of a ferry by artist Linda Uhlemann


Are you living with dementia or would you like to try something different with your loved one living with dementia? While you can't come and visit us in the Gallery at the moment, Julie, Claire and Orla have adapted our tours to an online experience that we hope you will enjoy.

Explore and discuss a selection of artworks from our County Collection in these specially created online tours that you can easily enjoy at home using a mobile phone, tablet or computer.

There will also be time as usual for a cup of tea at the end of the discussion to enjoy with everyone from the comfort of your armchair.

These tours are funded by the HSE/dlr Arts and Health Partnership and supported by the Azure Network.

To book or if you've any questions about the programme please phone Pia or Máire on 01 2362759 or email


Meet the Artist - In Studio Conversation with Brian Fay

Brian will walk us through a tour of his studio, chat about his work and upcoming projects in progress with plenty of time for questions and answers. Artist Claire Halpin will moderate the Q+A.

This event will be recorded

For more information and to book click HERE.

Cuairt agus Cultúr this Winter

We are delighted to offer a wonderful selection of online cultural activities for all care settings in the County for Winter 2020.From dancing, storytelling, singing to art workshops there’s plenty for everyone to join in and enjoy!All workshops are available online and free of charge to Nursing Homes from November 2020 until February 2021.

Cuairt agus Cultúr is a cultural programme run by Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council Libraries and Arts Office in Residential Care Settings for Older People in the County.

For more information on how to get involved and booking information please email or phone the Arts Office (01) 2362759 or Libraries (01) 2362700

Cuairt agus Cultúr is generously funded by Creative Ireland and supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Sara Keating announced as new Writer in Residence

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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to announce Sara Keating as the new writer in residence based in dlr LexIcon.
During her residency look out for her upcoming interviews with authors about places in the County.
More information can be found HERE


Grainstore Call for Expressions of Interest

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council now would like to invite expressions of Interest from individuals and organisations interested in licencing The Grainstore in Cabinteely Park as an arts/creative facility.

For more information please click HERE.






Musician in Residence - Kevin Brady - the Tommy Halferty Trio


Drummer and percussionist Kevin Brady will be Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Musician-in-Residence during September and October.

During his two-month Residency, Kevin Brady and the other members of the Tommy Halferty Trio will explore and compose music influenced by Música instrumental Brasileira (Brazilian instrumental music). This style refers to jazz and other forms of instrumental music inspired by great Brazilian composers such as Hermeto Pascoal, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Antonio Adolfo. Tudo E Som (Everything is Sound), the new programme of music that will be developed by the trio during the Residency, will celebrate the diversity of culture in Ireland today and a performance will be showcased online.

More information can be found HERE.

Online world premiere of Dún Laoghaire Guitars, a new composition by Dave Flynn, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Musician-in-Residence 2020

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Music Network presented the online world premiere performance of Dún Laoghaire Guitars, a new composition by Dave Flynn, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (dlr) Musician-in-Residence 2020.  Dave will be joined by students from the Guitar Training Centre in Dún Laoghaire for a performance of his new work on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Music Network’s social channels on Thursday 20 August.

"Dún Laoghaire Guitars" - 1st Movement, Dún Laoghaire Harbour


"Dún Laoghaire Guitars" - 2nd Movement, Dún Laoghaire DART


Arts and the Community

dlr Arts Office works with the local community in many different ways. From developing work for early years children to managing one of the longest running artists in schools programmes in the country. We work with lots of different community groups and organisations at both local and national level to ensure that people of all ages in the County get the opportunity to experience the arts.

Check out some of our work in the video below.

Keeping in touch


During this challenging time the Council is providing continuous advice via social media channels. You can follow Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on Twitter and Facebook.

We have also had to change the way we work; you can find out more about accessing Council services here.

While the Arts Office, Grainstore and dlr LexIcon are currently closed to the public we are continuing to provide arts opportunities and activities online, so do follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.


Artists in conversation podcasts

You can now listen to recordings from our popular Artists in Conversation series by clicking here.

Exhibiting artists Paul Hallahan and Lee Welch in conversation with Rachael Gilbourne
Exhibiting artists Paul Hallahan and Lee Welch in conversation with Rachael Gilbourne. Image credit: Peter Cavanagh