IAAH Events

The Irish Association of Art Historians maintains a programme of lectures, events, seminars and tours to significant sites in Ireland and abroad.  The Committee aims to ensure a broad and varied programme.  Many events are exclusive to the members, but a number are open to guests and non-members. Check out our most recent newsletter for booking details on the events underneath (as well as alternative forthcoming events in Ireland).




Art History in the Pub | Tuesday 28 March 2017

We’re working with our colleagues in the UK AAH to bring the popular event, ‘Art History in the Pub’ (AHITP) to Ireland! The first in our series of Art History in the Pub events will take place on Tuesday, 28 March in The Loft, Foley’s, Merrion Row at 20:00. Our guest speaker, Dr Philip Cottrell (UCD) will talk about new research on Caravaggio’s ‘Taking Of Christ’ (National Gallery of Ireland). These events are focused on enjoying art history in a convivial atmosphere: it is open to all, and we encourage you to invite friends along.

The main objective of AHITP is to encourage enjoyment of and participation in art history, in a fun and relaxed environment. For more on the AAH line-up over the next few months, see http://www.aah.org.uk/events/art-history-in-the-pub


Art History in the Pub | Tuesday 25 April 2017

The second session of Art History in the Pub will take place on 25 April, when Aoife Brady will discuss the ‘Caravaggisms, the Caravaggesque and the cult of the Caravaggisti’. More details will follow.


IAAH/Artefact Annual Study Day

Unfortunately we have had to postpone the annual IAAH/Artefact Study Day, scheduled to take place on 8 April 2017. This event is a highlight of our year, and we are currently working to reschedule it at a later date.

We invite researchers to present 20 minutes papers, drawing on their current or recent research. A full Call for Papers will be available later this year. In the meantime, if you have any questions please email us directly:iaahinfo@gmail.com.



We are currently finalising plans for three further events, to take place through the Spring:
Writing Art History: Journal Articles
Part of another new series of events, this time focused on skills for researchers at all levels of their career, we’re putting together a programme for a morning workshop all about writing for academic journals. This workshop will be of particular interest to those thinking about turning their thesis research into an article, and will cover practical issues such as choosing an appropriate journal, structuring your article, preparing a manuscript for submission, and an introduction to image rights.Members of the Artefact Editorial Board will also be on hand to offer advice and tips on writing for the journal.
Away Trip: Oxford and Cambridge
A small number of places are available on the Members Away Trip to Oxford and Cambridge. The trip will take place from 1 – 4 May, and costs €650 per person (include flights, accommodation (twin rooms), and all tours and museum entry fees). For more information, contact Katy ASAP at iaahinfo@gmail.com.



  • IAAH Member Tours: ‘Beyond Caravaggio’, National Gallery of IrelandThursday, 9 March, 18:00 / Thursday, 16 March, 18:00


  • IAAH/Artefact Table Quiziaah-table-quiz-2017-a5-v1, Thursday, 23 February, 7:30, Foley’s Bar, Merrion Row









  • Annual Christmas Party, National Print Museum, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road. Join us for a tour and print demonstration, followed by festive drinks and nibbles, and the launch of Issue 8 of Artefact, Saturday, 10 December 2016, 15:00
  • Curator’s Tour, ‘Sven Augustijnen: The Metronome Bursts of Automatic Fire Seep Through the Dawn Mist Like Muffled Drums and We Know It for What It Is’, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, with Logan Sisley, Saturday, 19 November 2016, 12:00
  • Guided tour, Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection with Jessica Fahy, Sat, 9 July
  • Summer Day Trip, CANCELLED.
  • IAAH members trip to Vienna, 13–18 April 2016
  • IAAH/Artefact Annual Study Day, National Gallery of Ireland
  • Grace Weir, 3 Different Nights, recurring, artist’s talk with Grace Weir


  • Christmas Lecture & Party, A Tale of Three Centuries – the Story of a State Collection,
    Jacqueline Moore, OPW
  • Curator’s talk, Pinnacles, Pomp & Piety: 200 Years of the Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle, Dr Myles Campbell, Dublin Castle
  • Tour, Bronzes at the Hugh Lane, with Tony Suttle, Dublin City Gallery – the Hugh Lane
  • Exhibition tour, Damsels for Dinners: Tale of Oeyama, with Mary O’ Riordan, Chester Beatty Library
  • Curator’s tour, Sean Scully Exhibition with NGI Director Sean Rainbird
  • Exhibition tour, Art Treasures at the National Museum with Dr Maureen Doyle, National Museum of Ireland
  • IAAH AGM – Saturday, 23 May, National Gallery of Ireland
    AGM Lecture – Form and Function: Syria and Imperial Rome, Dr Sarah Wilson
  • IAAH Members’ Annual Trip.  Madrid, 14-19 April 2015
  • IAAH Annual Study Day, 21 March 2015, National Gallery of Ireland
  • Exhibition tour, Passion & Persuasion: Images of Baroque Saints, NGI, with Dr Audrey Nicholls, guest curator
  • Exhibition tour



  • Christmas Lecture & Party – “Debates in Canadian Art, 1900-1950: Modernist
    Currents in a Cold Country”, Professor Brian Foss, Carleton University Ottawa
  • Exhibition tour, Lines of Vision, National Gallery of Ireland, Curator’s talk with Janet McLean
  • Guided Tour of Dublin Castle
  • Schools & Cultural Engagement: Design, Film, Digital Media, Art & Education & Schools Conference, organised by the NGI in association with the Art Teacher’s Association of Ireland, the IAAH and the National Association of Principles and Deputy Principles.
  • Summer Day Trip, Birr Castle and Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly, 05 July, 2014.
  • Summer Day Trip,  Strokestown House & Gardens, Co. Roscommon & Tullynally Castle & Gardens, Co Westmeath, 21 June, 2014.
  • Lecture by Dr Tom Nichols – ‘Sacred and profane in Titian’s late mythologies’. 27 May 2014, University College Dublin
  • AGM & lecture by Dr Louise Kelly on the life and work of Pieter Codde, 10 May 2014, National Gallery of Ireland
  • IAAH Annual Study Day, 12 April 2014, National Gallery of Ireland
  • IAAH Members Trip to Amsterdam,  8- 13 March  2014
  • Art History and General Knowledge Pub Quiz, The 51 Bar, 51 Haddington Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
  • Guided tour of the exhibition, ‘Costumes Parisiens, fashion plates from 1912-1914’, Chester Beatty Library, with Dr Jill Unkel, Western Collections Curator



  • CHRISTMAS LECTURE & PARTY 2013, It’s Art, But Not As We Know It! Professor Declan McGonagle @ the National Library of Ireland
  • A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON IMPRESSIONISM @ the National Gallery of Ireland
  • Manchester Trip – October 2013
  • Schools: Access to Culture @ the National Gallery of Ireland
  • Eileen Gray: Architect Designer Painter @ IMMA, Kilmainham
  • IAAH Annual Study Day @ the National Gallery of Ireland
  • AGM & LECTURE – @ Earlsfort Terrace – Lord Charlemont’s Landscape: Gothic Ornaments at Marino a lecture by Dr Ruth Musielak
  • Strongbow and Aoife at the National Gallery of Ireland with Simone Mancini
  • Summer Day Trip, Emo House & Heywood Gardens, Co Laois
  • Annual Members’ Trip.  PARIS & its hinterlands


  • The Story behind Frederic Burton’s ‘The Meeting on the Turret Stairs’ a lecture by Dr Marie Bourke, NGI
  • Stoney Road Press – visit with David O’Donoghue, Director


  • Christmas Lecture – Sink or Swim? The Future of the Museum – a lecture by Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland
  • Art on Wheels: The Lord Chancellor of Ireland’s Carriage a lecture by Dr. Patricia McCabe
  • Alice Maher: Becoming a tour of the IMMA exhibition by Hilary Sexton
  • The Kevin Barry Memorial Window (1932-34) by Richard King   a lecture by Ruth Sheehy, TCD
  • Birmingham [Sept 2012] – a four day trip incorporating visits to the Barber Institute, the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Ikon Gallery, Soho House and Tatton Park among other venues.
  • Historic Waterford – Summer Day Trip
  • Diego Francesco Carlone and Ticinese stucco a lecture by Professor Andrea Spiriti (University of Como/Varese) to celebrate the launch of Decorative plasterwork in Ireland & Europe: ornament and the early modern interior, Christine Casey & Conor Lucey (eds)
  • 2012 AGM & AGM Lecture, Embodying Memory: Performance and the Irish Oral Tradition in the Work of Alanna O’Kelly  a lecture by Kate Antosik Parsons

  • Annual Members’ Trip.  ITALY – on the trail of late Medieval & Renaissance fresco cycles
  • IAAH/Artefact Annual Study Day @ the Irish Museum of Modern Art
  • Associations promoting art in the public sphere: new exhibiting spaces in the Enlightenment and Romanticism – a lecture by J. Pedro Lorente, University of Zaragoza
  • UCD Art Collection in Belfield House & highlights of the UCD Sculpture Trail
  • Limerick City Gallery of Art & highlights of the art collection of the University of Limerick
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