Opportunity for Louth to exhibit works of art on the facade of the National Gallery during Culture Night

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The walls of the National Gallery of Ireland will light up during the Culture Night for Painting Mirror, an interactive digital exhibition of portraits and landscapes submitted by the public. The Gallery has again partnered with the French Embassy in Ireland for Culture Night and this year is appealing to the people of Louth to have photographs included in the night.

From anywhere in Ireland, France and beyond, children and adults can enter by sending in a photograph of a landscape or cityscape, along with their name, email address, surname from venue and county to [email protected] until 15 September.

A selection of shortlisted photographs will then be styled outside the National Gallery of Ireland in Merrion Square, Dublin 2 on Friday 23rd September 2022. The original unedited photographs will be projected onto the wall, followed by an exhibition of the same photographs, reflected in the style of much-loved artists such as Claude Monet, Mainie Jellett and Harry Clarke.

Visitors to Culture Night will also have the opportunity to have their portraits taken in a photo booth. These images will then be stylized in real time and also projected on the walls of the Gallery. Painting Mirror is a brand new digital arts project which will premiere in Ireland during Culture Night. It uses AI technology and was developed by Maxime Touroute, French artist and digital engineer and Tom Veniat, PhD/Researcher in Artificial Intelligence.

Inspired by Irish, French and European masterpieces from the Gallery’s collection and accompanied by DJ sets, Painting Mirror will take place from 8pm to 11pm outdoors in the Merrion Square courtyard. It will also be streamed live on Facebook, so attendees can see their photos displayed as they appear on the live projection.

There will be an exciting program of events taking place throughout the evening in collaboration with Painting Mirror. Free themed tours of the National Collection will begin from 5 p.m. and a musical performance will take place in the forecourt of Merrion Square. Frederic William Burton’s ever-popular painting, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, will also be shown to visitors.

The Gallery Café and Gallery Shop will be open until 8:30 p.m., and the pop-up 53.3 Degrees café will be open until 10:00 p.m. and will serve snacks.

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

People visiting European Cultural Trail events in person are encouraged to download the “European Cultural Trail Treasure Hunt” passport and collect stamps or signatures at each stop. The most stamped passports at the end of the evening will then participate in a draw for a chance to win magnificent prizes. Download the European Cultural Path Passport here.

Other current exhibitions at the National Gallery of Ireland include Hughie O’Donoghue: Original Sins and Keating’s Allegories of Change. For more information visit www.nationalgallery.ie

The Friends of the Gallery team will also be present in the evening to discuss with visitors about joining and joining a community of art lovers. Friends of the Gallery can enjoy many benefits, including free, unlimited entry to exhibitions and access to exclusive digital content.

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