Once Upon a Picture Exhibition
28 Mar - 2 May 2015
Once Upon a Picture Exhibition

Every artwork has a story to tell! Sometimes worlds cross over and strange things happen - humans take on animal form, objects shrink or grow, people dream enchanted dreams and things are not always as they seem. A free exhibition for ages 4+

Let your imagination run wild as you explore our exhibition of artworks that we think are a little bit mysterious, alluring and perhaps magical. These artworks suggest themes that have fascinated artists, writers, thinkers and dreamers across history. Have fun imagining what the artworks are about and what stories they tell. This exhibition will spark your imagination and get you creating stories of your own!

During your visit to the exhibition, we invite you and your family to relax and spend some time in our cosy corner, reading and listening to fairy tales or you can get creative in our response area writing or drawing your own imagined stories, inspired by the exhibition. 


This programme is inspired by W.B. Yeats and his dedication to the preservation, collection and the imagination of Irish fairy tales and Folklore, these themes are reflected within a modern context in many of the programme elements. 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of W.B Yeats' birth.

Special thanks to Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and Green on Red Gallery for their support on this project.

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There’s also a programme of visual arts and story-related events to enjoy, with storytelling performances, talks and workshops for all ages. Click on the links for more information.

Mon 30 & Tue 31 March Inventing Quirky Characters Workshop  (Ages 4-6) & (Ages 7-9)

Mon 6 & Tue 7 April  Making Magical Stories Workshop  (All the Family)

Sat 28 March, Thu 2 & 9 & Sat 25 April The Enchanted Treasure Chest (Ages 2-4)

Fri 10 & Sat 11 April  The Art of Fantastical Flavours   (Ages 8-12)

Sat 4 April   Storytelling with Jack Lynch   (Ages 5+)

Sat 2 May   Talk: The Making of Song of The Sea  (Ages 5+)

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Join actress Lizzy Morrissey for a relaxed story-time session where she will read some well-loved fairy tales and afterwards have a fun group chat about your favourite fairy-tale and characters.
Wednesdays  1 & 8 April  at 11am, 12pm (For under 7’s) and 2pm & 3pm (For over 7’s).