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National Museum To Collaborate With Stoneybatter Festival

The National Museum of Ireland (NMI) will be celebrating street landscape photography in a range of free, family friendly events at the Stoneybatter Festival in Dublin 7 this weekend, June 22 – 23.

In line with the theme of community running through the museum’s programme this year, NMI will host two free, interactive events at the festival. These will take place on the doorstep of its Decorative Arts & History section at Collins Barracks.

On Saturday June 22, photographers Gregory Dunn and Andy Sheridan will give a talk celebrating street and landscape photography, sharing the inspiration behind their respective works. They will be joined by Dr. Fidelma Mullane in a panel discussion entitled ‘Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photographic missions in Ireland’. This is ahead of an exhibition due to open at the museum later this year featuring work by the world-renowned photographer.

On Sunday, June 23, jewellery designer, curator and educator Seliena Coyle will lead family workshops in pinhole photography. The activities will last 45 minutes, giving families the opportunity to take their own pinhole camera images on the museum campus or on the streets around the Barracks.

Participants will be introduced to analogue technology. They will have access to a darkroom experience. There they will learn how to ‘make’ a self-portrait. Workshops run from 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3pm and 3.45pm.

Engaging with communities is a key focus for NMI. Every year the museum engages with 170,000 people through its Education and Outreach Programme. These include schools, families and community groups.

This year NMI will hold 500 events and workshops, 400 school visits, 2,200 self-directed group initiatives, and 1,100 facilitated group initiatives.

With limited places available for the museum’s Stoneybatter events, the public are encouraged to book their free spots in advance. They can do so by contacting bookings@museum.ie.

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