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Culture Night 2019


Culture Night

Athlone Castle, Luan Gallery and Abbey Road Artists’ Studios will be offering a busy and exciting schedule of free events for this year’s Culture Night 2019, taking place on Friday 20th of September.

Culture Night visitors to Athlone Castle will enjoy free entry to the Castle Visitor Centre between 5 and 8pm (last entry, 7:30pm). Traditional Games will be set up on site for visitors of all ages to play with. Children will also be invited to experience and engage in the work of an archaeologist, with our popular workshop, “Dig It With David”. Plan, sketch and excavate some of our hidden treasures with Athlone Castle’s own resident archaeologist and historian, David Landers. During this event, children will have the chance to immerse themselves in modern day archaeology and learn what life is like an archaeological dig. This event is suitable for children aged seven and upwards. 

Across the road at the Luan Gallery, exhibiting artist, Conor Walton, will be undertaking an all-day Portrait Drawing Marathon, drawing portraits of members of the public from 11am – 7:30pm. Demand for a free portrait from the renowned artist will be high, so pre-booking for people interested in sitting is essential. Please call, email or drop in the Luan Gallery Reception and state your preferred availability to claim a place. Members of the public are welcome to drop by the Gallery throughout the day to observe the artist at work. The Gallery will also be extending its opening hours until 8pm and offering free guided tours of Walton’s exhibition; Asymmetrical Warfare

Over the Shannon at Abbey Road Studios, visitors will have the chance to experience the Open Studios from 4pm to 8pm, providing a unique, behind-the-scenes view of the artists’ practice in their studios. Our resident artists will be on hand to showcase some of their old and new work, and to explain their working process and inspiration to members of the public. Abbey Road will also play host to a photography exhibition by community group, Athlone Photography Club. The exhibition showcases images from members of the club across the wide range of subjects, from Portraiture, to Landscape, Creative Art and Nature. 

Culture Night is an innovative public event taking place nationwide, that invites people to spend their evening exploring the best cultural offerings available to them on their doorstep. Special, one off events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge. With museums, galleries and artists’ studios extending their opening hours all around the country, Culture Night is the perfect opportunity to visit sites that you may ordinarily miss out on due to your work schedule. Athlone Arts and Tourism look forward to welcoming the public to our celebration of culture!

A full schedule of events with further details and times is available to view on and

Queries and requests for further information should be addressed to Athlone Castle on 090 6442130 or Luan Gallery on 090 6442154.


Civic Centre Athlone

Applications are invited from locally based artists groups to submit for inclusion in an exhibition series hosted in the Atrium at the Civic Centre, Athlone. This is an open bright space where artist groups/collectives can exhibit their artwork.

Ideas from artist groups/collectives working in 2D are welcomed. Submissions may include: painting, drawing, photography or 2D mixed media. 


The available 2019 exhibition slots are:

Spring Exhibition Mid April to mid May
Summer Exhibition July
Autumn Exhibition Mid August – mid September
Winter Exhibition Mid December – mid January

Application Process

  1. Applicants must indicate their preferred exhibition slot.
  2. Applicants must submit 1 copy of the completed and signed application form, incomplete and unsigned applications will not be considered. The declaration page MUST be signed but a scanned copy of the signature will be accepted. 
  3. Download the Atrium Exhibitions Application Form
    Submit the application form by email to or post to Atrium Exhibitions, Athlone Arts and Tourism, Civic Centre, Church Street, Athlone.

Luan Gallery Education Programme for Primary and Secondary Schools

Luan Gallery is a purpose built art gallery space incorporating the renovated and extended 1897 Fr Mathew Hall. Delivering a varied exhibitions programme featuring work by both emerging and established artists from home and abroad, Luan Gallery acts as a resource for the entire community.

Many studies have shown that gallery visits enhance pupils’ learning experiences and at Luan Gallery we strive to ensure that pupils’ visits are enjoyable, relaxed, stimulating and educational. We are committed to encouraging pupils to engage with and think about visual art which in turn helps to develop new skills and confidence.

Primary Schools

We have developed numerous resource materials including activity worksheets, catalogues, tours and workshops each designed to support the meaningful delivery of qualitative art viewing experiences to students, in support of the school curriculum.

Secondary Schools

We have developed a number of resource materials including a Leaving Certificate Art Appreciation Workbook, catalogues, talks, tours and workshops each designed to support the meaningful delivery of the art curriculum to second level students.

For more information on our education programmes, download the booklets below.

Primary School booklet
Secondary School booklet
Primary Schools Education booklet 2016 Secondary Schools Education booklet 2016