National Gallery of Ireland welcomes over one million people last year

by Rachel Cunningham
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Over one million visitors were welcomed through the doors of the National Gallery of Ireland in 2023, marking the highest attendance number since 2017.

Major exhibitions included ‘Lavinia Fontana: Trailblazer, Rule Breaker’ and ‘It Took a Century: Women Artists.’

Dr Caroline Campbell, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland expressed the gallery’s pride at this achievement.

“Welcoming over one million visitors in a year requires a significant team effort to ensure a high-quality experience for all,” she said.  

“I would like to thank all of our visitors, the Gallery team, our volunteers and Friends, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and our wide base of supporters for helping us to reach this milestone in 2023.”

Highlights of 2023 included National Drawing Day and a new innovative programme, Cultural Art Therapy in the Community, funded by Bank of America.

The gallery also partnered with Saoirse Domestic Violence Services to support vulnerable women and children across the Greater Dublin area.

It will celebrate two anniversaries in 2024, which will be marked with a series of free tours and events will take place.

A special programme of free events is planned for August 10, the 170th anniversary of the National Gallery of Ireland Act, which established the gallery.

This will focus on recent acquisitions to the collection and the architecture of the Gallery. Further details and programming will be announced closer to the date. 

“As Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, I am proud to support the Gallery and I understand the positive impact that major acquisitions and exhibitions have on the Gallery and its visitor numbers,” said Minister Catherine Martin.

“The National Gallery of Ireland belongs to the Irish public and I encourage everyone to see its latest acquisitions and exhibitions this spring.”

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