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News & Events

140th Anniversary Exhibition

The Co
ncourse Gallery,

County Hall, Dun Laogh

From  31st March to 13th April 2014

The 2014 exhibition will celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Club's  founding and will mark 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 will be '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 will also be shown.

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


Exhibition Events

A number of Events will be run in conjunction with the Exhibition. These will include:

Guided Tours:

Sunday 6th April 2014

Friday 11th April 2014

from 2.30pm each day

Painting Critique Sessions

for Amateur Artists

This is for watercolour, acrylic and oil painters. Artists should bring three pieces of their recent work for evaluation. The critique session will take about 30 mins.

Friday, 4th April 2014

Tuesday, 8th April 2014

Thursday, 10th April 2014

from 2.00pm each day


> Click here to make a Booking Request Online

Or Book by phone on: 01-2880506

Family Art Trail: 

designed for children accompanied by adults.

Saturday 12th April 2014

Commencing at 11.00am until 1.00pm.

Participating children will be presented with a map , with clues, of a trail of the exhibition. The challenge is to find the specific paintings on the map. Certificates will be provided for those who complete the trail.

Art Interpretative Day:

This will consist of two parts.

In the first part: three artists will paint in response to  a piece of prose, descriptive of landscape  and season. The  artists will contribute in a live painting session. Each artist will be interpreting 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 will paint in response to  two differing pieces  of music, first  by Debussy: Snow Flakes are Dancing and the second by Gershwin :Rhapsody in Blue.

The artists are: Aidan Hickey and Joan Kavanagh

The audience will be invited to participate. Material provided.

Whyte's Painting Valuation Day

Whyte's staff will be  present to provide valuations on personal art collections on Saturday 12th April, from 12.00noon to 4.00pm


through Whyte's on: (01) 676 2888

Check our Blog site for up to date Exhibition information

Exhibition preview

A selection of paintings from the

140th Anniversary Exhibition

was held at

The City Assembly House, Sth William St, Dublin

from 14th March to 17th March 2014

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.

Centenary of the Death of Bram Stoker.

Bram Stoker was a founding member of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club in 1874. The centenary of his death occured on the 20th April 2012.

To mark the event the Club   commissioned  a painting of Bram Stoker by artist, Aidan Hickey. The painting has been gifted to the Irish Writers Centre  and is now on permanent public display in the Writers Museum , Parnell Sq.

The painting was presented at a ceremony in the Writers Centre on the 10th of April.  Dacre Stoker who is great grand nephew of Bram was present at the ceremony. The Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague unveiled the portrait at this event.

Bram Stoker by Aidan Hickey

Committee Changes.

At the recent AGM the our long serving Hon Secretary, Pat Mc Gloughlin retired.
As a mark of her outstanding service
to the Club, over her twelve year term, she was awarded Honorary Life Membership.

Joan Kavanagh has now taken up the position of Hon. Secretary.

John O' Flynn has  retired from the position of Hon . Treasurer and also from the committee and we thank him for his  contribution.

The new appointee  to the  position of Hon Treasurer is  Paul Kavanagh.

 Margo Banks, who was co-opted onto the committee,  was endorsed as a full committee member.
Margo  has taken up the role of Membership Secretary.

We thank all those who have taken up positions of responsibility and wish them well in their new roles

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