The National Gallery of Ireland has announced its 2021 exhibition programme, set to include a Jack B. Yeats exhibition and a showcase of new works procured for the National Collection. 

The dynamic line up for next year will also showcase sixteenth-century Italian paintings, an exhibition created by young people, prints and drawings spanning the history of modern art and the return of the trailblazing Zurich Portrait Prize. 

The first major exhibition of the year, New Perspectives. Acquisitions 2011-2020 will be displayed in the Beit Wing from March 13th, 2021 and will include the works of Gerard Seghers, Dororthy Cross and Don McCullin.

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These works will tell the story of the new terrain created by acquisitions to the National Collection as it is shaped during months of discussion, consideration, proposal and post-acquisition preparation for display. 

Later in 2021, the National Gallery of Ireland will celebrate the work of Jack B. Yeats in an exhibition of works drawn from public and private collections in Ireland and abroad. This exhibition will also be displayed in the Beit Wing, from September 4th, 2021. 

From January 2021 the Gallery's much-loved collection of watercolours by J.M.W. Turner will be on display, alongside a selection of drawings by Francis Pope, with some of the earliest known depictions of Drogheda, Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford in the national collection. 

The exhibition of Glamour and Governance will also be on display from January 23rd, 2021. Highlighting the Gallery's newly restored collection of sixteenth-century portraits.

Glamour and Governance: William Segar, Portrait of Robert Devereux 2nd Earl of Essex 
(Pic: National Gallery of Ireland)

The National Gallery of Ireland have also announced that the ever-popular Zurich Portrait Prize will return in 2021, alongside the Zurich Young Portrait Prize for young people under the age of 18. Both exhibitions will be displayed in the Portrait Gallery from 13 November 2021.

The Gallery has noted that it will remain ever mindful of the challenges presented by the pandemic and is responsive to all public-health guidelines. 

Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, Sean Rainbird said, "In these challenging times for cultural institutions, we are delighted to be able to bring an exciting series of exhibitions to our visitors in 2021.

"We hope that the Irish public will find inspiration in our new programme: from the wonderful paintings of Jack B. Yeats to a decade of new works in the national collection, there are endless opportunities for discovery at the National Gallery of Ireland next year."

The full list of upcoming exhibitions for 2021 at the National Gallery of Ireland are available on their website,