Drop in, Drop out: National Drawing Day in Garter Lane Arts Centre

May 21st
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free event but booking in advance advised |

Garter Lane Arts Centre gets creative for Drawing Day


Annual celebration of drawing in association with National Gallery of Ireland on Saturday 21 May 2022


People from across Waterford are invited to grab a pencil and paper on Saturday 21 May 2022 to join with Garter Lane Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Ireland in National Drawing Day. Now in its eighteenth year, the annual event will see the Gallery joined by over 70 arts centres, galleries, museums and libraries across the country to celebrate drawing.

For National Drawing Day, the National Gallery of Ireland is collaborating with 74 venues and arts groups in 23 counties, including Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; Solstice Arts Centre, Navan; Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre; Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry; Galway City Museum; glór, Ennis; Monaghan County Museum; Lismore Castle House; and Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare.

Have you ever wanted to draw but haven’t had the time to try? Do you draw but want to get some new ideas? Or do you want to refresh your skills? Or just want to have a look?

Drop-in on your own or with friends any time between 12 and 4pm on Saturday, May 21st to try your hand at mark-making, blind drawing, observational drawing and experimenting with different materials including, but not limited to, pencils, markers, crayons, chalk and ink. It’ll be relaxed and even fun!

Materials provided. Tea and coffee available. Courtyard Canopy in case of bad weather. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Extra: Get your Blind Portrait done by one of the artists between 3 and 4pm.


Date: Saturday, May 21st 2022

Time: 12 – 4pm

Location: Garter Lane Main Gallery 

Facilitated by: Clare Scott & Julie Cusack

Fee: Free

Booking: Not Necessary – Drop In- Drop Out

Please note children need to be supervised for this workshop

At the National Gallery of Ireland, visitors can enjoy a packed day of events, including ‘A Wonderful World of Illustration Seminar’ as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin. A dynamic panel of three celebrated artists and illustrators – author and picture book writer Olivia Hope, illustrator and storyteller Ashwin Chacko, and picture book illustrators and artists Shona Shirley Macdonald and Lauren O’Hara – discuss the creative possibilities of drawing and illustration. Artist Eileen O’Sullivan leads a free sensory-friendly drawing workshop, suitable for children of all ages. In the Gallery’s Shaw Room, artist Fintan Mahon will lead a free life-drawing session for adults. And the Gallery’s collection and architecture can be explored on a free sketching tour. No artistic ability is required, just a willingness to get creative!

People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to find the joy in drawing on 21 May 2022, with something for everyone, experts and beginners alike.  

Sinéad Rice, Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland, said: “National Drawing Day is a highlight of our year here at the National Gallery of Ireland, and we’re thrilled to be celebrating for the eighteenth time in 2022. With partners across the length and breadth of Ireland, wherever you are on 21 May 2022, you’ll find something near you. National Drawing Day is for everyone – not just artists! – so we hope that members of the public of all abilities will find inspiration in drawing with us this month.”

National Drawing Day is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.


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