6 November 2020 – 21 April 2021 all-day
Dublin Castle and anywhere in the world

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to describe old paintings for blind people?

Contribute your description of this painting, now hanging at the drawing room of the castle’s State Apartments, to enter the descriptath(l)on, i.e. the marathon (or decathlon) of descriptions that we are launching to collaboratively build our resources for visually impaired audiences. Just describe it as it appears to you. Easier said than done… You can e-mail your description as short text (ideally no longer than 250 words) or in audio format (no longer than 3min recording) to DublinCastleEducation@opw.ie and we’ll do the rest.

Participants have to be between 3 and 103 years of age by April fool’s day. If anyone is outside these age limits, we will not dare to say no. We welcome contributions from all ages, eyes and voices and so do the final recipients of your descriptions. If you have any queries or are looking for different works to describe, drop us a line.

You can find some examples of audio-descriptions here


But we really want your own voice, your own pen, your own style. It’s an experiment, it’s an adventure.

Gaetano Gandolfi, 1767, Vulcan at his Forge, oil on canvas, 101x101cm