An initiative of the National Gallery of Ireland, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, National Drawing Day encourages people to get drawing - this Saturday 16th May, the event is being held at home for the first time.

Asking the public to 'Go big and stay home’, the National Gallery and dozens of partner venues will bring the joy of drawing to homes across the country through online platforms. The National Gallery of Ireland leads the programme, with activities for all ages and abilities.

For the 16th year of National Drawing Day, the NGI is collaborating with over 30 venues across the island of Ireland.  Galleries, museums, libraries and arts centres in Antrim, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Fermanagh, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Meath, Offaly, Waterford, Wexford and Westmeath will be all getting involved.

Highlights from around the country include online workshops with popular artist Don Conroy, who has teamed up with Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, while the National Library of Ireland celebrates Séamus Heaney as it encourages people to create their own artistic depictions of the iconic poet and his poetry. The Library will also present an online talk exploring famous portraits of Heaney.

Watch: National Drawing Day 2017 revisited at the NGI

The National Gallery of Ireland and participating venues are encouraging artists and other creatives across the country to get involved with Drawing Day 2020. A selection of drawings posted by artists or the public online using the hashtag #NationalDrawingDay and #InThisTogether will be shared with the Gallery’s 100,000+ followers on social media throughout the day.

Participating venues will share drawings with the hashtag #NationalDrawingDay.

Find out more about National Drawing Day 2020 here.