Summer Solstice is Thursday 21 June, when the Gallery will celebrate its first Thursday Lates event in Circus style.

Late opening to 8.30pm allows for a host of fun including refreshments and gigantic lawn games on the Merrion Square forecourt accompanied by a special outdoor performance by the acrobatic comedy duo Lords of Strut at 6pm and interactive demonstrations by Dublin Circus Project. Moving indoors, DJ Dermot Kelly will be spinning tunes in the courtyard and the fabulous Tropical Popical will be doing circus-inspired nail art.

Following the launch event, visitors are invited to make the most of the long summer evenings with a variety of offerings on select Thursdays.


  • When: Thursday, June 21st from 4.30 to 8.30pm
  • Where: National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square Forecourt and Courtyard
  • Admission is Free

More info on the National Gallery of Ireland website.

View/Download the Circus250 Art of the Show Exhibition Brochure.

Summer Solstice National Gallery of Ireland