HISTORY

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The Douglas Hyde Gallery was co-founded by the Arts Council and Trinity College in 1978 as Ireland’s first publicly funded gallery for contemporary art. Housed in the university's Arts Building, the DHG contains two main spaces: the cavernous Gallery 1 and the more intimate Gallery 2.

As an artist-centred space, with dedicated curatorial direction, we aim to be catalysts for the creation of art, providing commissioning and production support. We prioritise the role of the artist within society and see contemporary art as a space to engage with our world, linking art, critical discourse and research.  

The Gallery has a history of developing, producing and presenting innovative exhibitions by Irish and International artists resonating strongly with audiences in Dublin, Ireland and beyond. Our exhibitions are expanded through a programme of artist talks, multi-disciplinary discursive events, films, concerts and unique publications.

Throughout its history, the Gallery has brought artists of significant international standing to Ireland for the first time, including Marlene Dumas, Anselm Kiefer and Alice Neel, and presented pivotal exhibitions by Irish artists including Kathy Prendergast, James Coleman and Eva Rothschild.

Our annual programme of ten major exhibitions is expanded through critical discourse: free artist talks, discursive events, films, publications and concerts, as well as bi-weekly gallery tours. Programming expands beyond the walls of the Gallery with our Gallery 3 programme, which includes temporary artistic interventions on the college campus and across the city.

Prioritising the role of the artist, the new Gallery 2 series The Artist’s Eye (launched in 2018), presents a solo exhibition by an artist of influence on the artist exhibiting in Gallery 1, extending knowledge of their process and interests.

The Gallery also has a dedicated art bookshop, stocking our own in-house exhibition catalogues and a range of art and photography magazines and journals. Gallery catalogues can be purchased in the Gallery or through our online bookshop.

DHG@40
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of The Douglas Hyde Gallery. Read more about how we're celebrating here.

Download a PDF listing the Gallery's entire exhibition programme from 1978-2016.

Image: Louise Bourgeois, installation view, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, 1996.