The National Gallery are running four art workshops this spring

Get something extra from the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition

Written by Jack Eustace


The National Gallery of Ireland is running a series of art-themed events for young people as part of their brand-new Beyond Caravaggio exhibition. The workshops are for people aged 16 and over and cover a wide range of artistic topics, such as photography and illustration.

The Beyond Caravaggio exhibition is running from 11 February to 14 May in the National Gallery on Clare Street in Dublin. On display are four paintings from the master artist Caravaggio, including two never-before-seen in Ireland. These are accompanied by 40 pieces from artists who were influenced by Caravaggio's style. The workshops are meant to encourage young people with an interest in art to visit the exhibition and get a little extra out of their experience. 

You can find a list of the main events below:

Exposure: Dramatic Lighting for Photography (11 March)

Run by artists Lisa Griffin and Aisling Dunne, this workshop will focus on the dramatic use of lighting in art. Find out more about Lisa at

Dra.MaTic: Character Creation and Illustration (8 April)

Best-selling author Aoife Dooley (“How to Be Massive”) will be running this workshop on creating dramatic characters. For more info on the artists go to

Bold Words: Expressive Typography (29 April)

Graphic designer Holly Pereira will run this workshop on using font and design in art. Find out more at

Each of the above events takes place from 2pm-5pm and cost €8 per session. There are only 15 spaces available for each workshop, so make sure to book by calling 01 663 3518.

Special Event:“The Dark Side: From Caravaggio to Comics” (13 May) 

The National Gallery will also be running a special event bringing together leading lights from the Irish comic book scene. Speakers include Declan Shalvey (“Moon Knight”), Stephen Mooney (“Half Past Danger”), Nick Roche (“Transformers”) and Eoin Marron (“Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original”). Big Bang Comics of Dundrum will also be taking part. 

This event is free but places are limited. You can book your place by emailing Caoilte O Mahony at [email protected]. It will take place from 10am-1pm on Saturday 13 May.

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