News & Events

News & Events

Selection of New Members

The Club will be holding a  Selection Day for new members in early October.

Artists interested in applying should make application to the :

Membership Secretary,
Margo Banks, 31, Baymount Park, Dublin 3

Applicants will be notified  of submission requirements and the date and venue for the selection process.


Committee Changes

Kate Bedell has resigned from the committee due to pressure of committments.

She has been responsible for the development and running of of the Club's successful Blog and Facebook page, for a number of years. We are very grateful for her input over this time.

We welcome Ursula Klinger, who has been co-opted on to the committee.


140th Anniversary Exhibition

was held  in,

The Concourse Gallery,

County Hall, Dun Laogh

 from  31st March to 13th April 2014

The 2014 exhibition celebrated the 140th anniversary of the Club's  founding   and also marked the 130th anniversary of the Club's 1884 exhibition, in which James Mc Neill Whistler and John Singer Sargent, were guest exhibitors.

In this 1884  exhibition, Whistler exhibited 25 paintings  including his most famous painting 'Arrangement in Grey and Black no 1' or 'Whistler's Mother'. The exhibition  proved  controversial, with a very critical review of Whistler's work, in the Irish Times but  more  positive reviews in the Dublin Daily Express and the Evening Mail.

In the 2014 exhibition, in celebration of the Club's long history, a number of paintings exhibited were 'reflective of or in homage to the early illustrious members of the Club'.

Among these members were  John Butler Yeats, Walter Osborne, Nathaniel Hone, and Sarah Purser and, additionally,  later members such as Flora Mitchell and Percy French.
To mark the 'famous' 1884 exhibition paintings, 'reflecting the work' of Whistler and Sargent were also  shown.

The Exhibition was sponsored by Whyte's and supported by an Arts Grant from Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown Co Council Arts Office. 

Exhibition Events

A number of Events were run in conjunction with the Exhibition. These  included:

Guided Tours:  On  Sunday 6th April and Friday 11th April

Painting Critique Sessions for Amateur Artists

These were for watercolour, acrylic and oil painters. Artists brought three pieces of their recent work, for evaluation. Critique sessions lasted, about 30 mins.

These were held Friday 4th , Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th from 2.00pm each day.

Family Art Trail; designed for children accompanied by adults.

Held on Saturday 12th April. Commencing at 11.00 am until 1.00pm.
Participating children were presented with a map , with clues, of a trail of the exhibition. The challenge was to find the specific paintings on the map.

Art Interpretative Day:

This consisted of two parts.

 In the first part: three artists painted in response to  a piece of prose, descriptive of landscape  and season. The  artists  contributed in a live painting session. Each artist interpreted  the piece in a different style from representational to abstract .

The artists are: Bridget Flinn, Michael Gemmell and Valerie Syms Martin

In the second part:  two  artists  painted in response to  two differing pieces  of music, first  by Debussy: Snow is Dancing and the second by Gershwin :Rhapsody in Blue.

The artists  were: Aidan Hickey and Joan Kavanagh

Members of the  audience also  participated, using  materials which were  provided.

Whyte's Painting Valuation Day

Whyte's staff were  present to provide valuations on personal art collections on Saturday 12th April, from 12.00noon to 4.00pm
Booking was required :through Whyte's at 6762888

Exhibition preview

         A selection of paintings from the

            140th Anniversary Exhibition

                                was held in

The City Assembly House, Sth William St Dublin 2

                     from 14th to 17 March

Paintings chosen  represented,in a thematic manner, the work of our early members, in addition to  Whistler and Sargent, who were guest exhibitors in the Club's 1884 exhibition.

This exhibition was part of the St Patrick's Day Festival Cultural  programme and was run in collaboration with the Irish Georgian Society.

Over 1,500 people attended the exhibition over the four days of the Festival.

RHA School

The RHA School now offer  a programme of courses throughout the academic year.

For application contact: info@rhagallery.ie

Plein Air Painting:

Site for Plein Air Painters

A new website has been set up for artists in Ireland interested in Plein Air painting. The address is pleineire.ning.com. A Dublin Group of Plein Air Painters has been  established. The details can be found on the above website.

Art in the Open

This is an Annual Plein Air event which is held in Wexford on the week preceeding and the week following the August Bank Holiday week-end. The paintings are completed at specific sites and are exhibited at the end of the event. 

The 2013 event  was very successful with well over 180 artists registered for the week-end.  This year there was in addition a number of Plein Air sessions on the week before and the week after the main event.

The participants came from all parts of Ireland and also from the UK, Holland and the US. There was  a very good representation of members of DPSC who enjoyed the experience.
The  completed work was on Exhibition in Greenacres Gallery.
It appears  that this is going to be very successful annual event.

Details can be obtained at the website:


2010 Dublin Painting and Sketching Club