Culture & The Arts

Since its inception, King’s Inns has built up a significant cultural and art collection of historical buildings, books, paintings, sculptures, fine art prints, manuscripts and other materials, some of which has been donated and/or left in our care. 

King’s Inns continues to invest in this area through many cultural, conservation and restoration programmes it manages internally and externally with our neighbours on Henrietta Street and the wider society.

Below is a range of projects currently in place at King’s Inns.

Please note, more information to be added to this page over the coming months. 

Creative Residency 

The Creative Residency is a new and exciting partnership in 2019 between King’s Inns and Dublin City Council Culture Company. Together, the programme seeks to sustain an artist in the creation of new work, rooted within King’s Inns and the extraordinary and historic environment of Henrietta Street, where both organisations are based. Through the residency, the selected artist will be encouraged to develop and explore the theme of art and law with reference to the King’s Inns and the residency should result in a creative response to be hosted by King’s Inns. 

More information about this project can be found here. 

Celebrating a Century 

This event series is spearheaded by King’s Inns in collaboration with The Bar of Ireland, the Law Society of Ireland and the Irish Women Lawyers Association.

2019 is the centenary year of the enactment of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which enabled women to join the legal, accountancy and veterinary professions, and also take up senior roles within the civil service for the first time. 100 years ago, in December 1919, the first piece of equal opportunities legislation entered the statute book.

‘Celebrating a Century’ is a yearlong commemoration programme which will recognise the impact this Act has had on society over the last 100 years, but also set the scene for the future. More details can be found here.

Culture Night 

Culture Night is an annual all–island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural Institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge.

Culture Night has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it now is, with some 400,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the island. The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.

King’s Inns is delighted to participate in this event by opening up the Dining Hall for free guided tours of our great Georgian building. King’s Inns also works with our neighbours on Henrietta Street and in the Grangegorman area to promote other events in our culture quarter.

More details about our Culture Night activities can be found here

Library Conservation Restoration Project  

Here at King’s Inns we are dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage placed in our care, which has been built up over the centuries. Among our collection are thousands of books, covering a range of subject matters, some dating as far back as the 14th century, in varying states of preservation. 

A lot of maintenance is involved in taking care of these books and the costs involved are considerable and ongoing. It would be easier and less expensive for us to send out our damaged books and replace the binding entirely using cheap, new materials. However this action would compromise the integrity and the historical context of the books, not to mention completely stripping them of their original aesthetic beauty. 

King’s Inns wishes to operate from a conservation standpoint. What this means is that we wish to restore books from our heritage collection using a conservation book binder. This specialised binding process ensures that wherever possible, as much of the original binding is kept and used, integrating it into any new binding elements required. 

Check out our Library Conservation Restoration pages for more details about this project. 

Print Series 

Every couple of years, King’s Inns commissions well–known artists to design series of prints inspired by the works and buildings of King’s Inns. 

View available prints for sale here

Cover to Canvas Library Exhibition