05 Oct 2022

Last chance for Kilkenny people to display photos on façade of National Gallery of Ireland

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File pic. National Gallery of Ireland

The walls of the National Gallery of Ireland will light up on Culture Night for Painting Mirror, an interactive digital display of portraits and landscapes submitted by the public.

The Gallery has once again come together with the French Embassy in Ireland for Culture Night, and this year, are issuing a callout to the people of Kilkenny for photographs to be included on the night. 

From anywhere in Ireland, France and beyond, children and adults alike can participate by sending a photograph of a landscape or cityscape, along with their name, email address, name of the place and county to - but be quick, the last date to submit a photograph is tomorrow, Thursday, 15 September . 

A selection of shortlisted photographs will then be stylised onto the exterior of the National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square, Dublin 2 on Friday, 23 September 2022. The original, unedited photographs will be projected onto the wall, followed by a display of the same photographs, mirrored in the style of much loved artists such as Claude Monet, Mainie Jellett and Harry Clarke. 

Visitors on Culture Night will also have the option to snap their portraits in a photo booth. These images will then be stylised in real-time and projected onto the walls of the Gallery too. Painting Mirror is a brand new digital arts project that will premiere in Ireland on Culture Night. It uses AI technology and has been developed by Maxime Touroute, French digital artist and engineer and Tom Veniat, PhD/Researcher in Artificial Intelligence. Inspired by Irish, French and European chefs-d'oeuvre from the Gallery’s collection and accompanied by Dj sets, Painting Mirror will run from 8pm to 11pm outdoor in the Merrion Square court. It will also be broadcasted live on Facebook, so participants can watch their pictures displayed as they appear on the live projection. 

There will be an exciting programme of events happening throughout the evening in conjunction with Painting Mirror. Free themed tours of the national collection will begin from 5pm onwards and a musical performance will take place on the Merrion Square forecourt. Frederic William Burton’s ever-popular painting The Meeting on the Turret Stairs will also be on view for visitors to enjoy.

The Gallery Café and Gallery Shop will be open until 8.30pm, and the 53.3 Degrees pop-up café will open until 10.00pm serving snacks. 

Painting Mirror is part of the European Culture Trail – a EUNIC Ireland (European Union National Institutes for Culture) initiative for Culture Night in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Ireland. Participants include Alliance Française Dublin, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, European Commission Representation in Ireland, French Embassy and the National Gallery of Ireland. 

Those visiting the European Culture Trail events in person are invited to download the ‘European Culture Trail Treasure Hunt’ passport and collect stamps or signatures at each stop.  The passports with the most stamps at the end of the night will then be entered into a raffle for the chance to win some wonderful prizes.

Other exhibitions currently running at the National Gallery of Ireland include Hughie O'Donoghue: Original Sins and Keating's Allegories of Change. For more information, visit 

The Gallery’s Friends team will also be there on the night to speak with visitors about membership and joining a community of art lovers. Friends of the Gallery can enjoy an array of benefits, including free unlimited entry to exhibitions and access to exclusive digital content. 

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