The Artist’s Eye: Sé Merry Doyle
Gallery 2

15 March–25 May 2019
Opening Thursday 14 March 2019, 6–8pm

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Alongside Garrett Phelan’s FREE THOUGHT FM in Gallery 1, The Douglas Hyde Gallery is pleased to continue its series of invited solo exhibitions in Gallery 2, titled ‘The Artist’s Eye’. Acknowledging the crucial role artists play in influencing and shaping other artistic practices, this series asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of significant influence to present work in Gallery 2. In the sixth instalment in this series, Garrett Phelan has invited film and documentary maker Sé Merry Doyle. 

The selected works are a series of outtakes from a documentary entitled Looking On (1983), developed by Doyle in the early 1980s. The work tracks the 1982 Looking On Festival, an event spearheaded by community activists in Dublin’s north inner city. Combining impromptu interviews, photography, music and archival footage, the observational documentary tells the story of the local working class community’s attempts to negotiate issues of housing and urban development with Dublin Corporation, through the vehicle of an arts festival.

With special thanks to The Loopline Collection and the Irish Film Institute Archives for permission to use this material, and in particular Philip Devine.

About the artist
Sé Merry Doyle
is a documentary filmmaker, with much of his work focusing on Dublin and its inhabitants. Merry Doyle’s most personal film, Alive Alive O – A Requiem for Dublin (2001) follows the plight of Dublin’s street traders as the scourge of heroin and an onslaught of commercialism destroy their fragile culture. Merry Doyle’s feature documentary John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man (2010) screened in festivals worldwide and was awarded Best European Documentary for the AFI Best of Europe season. Other works by Merry Doyle include: Lament for Patrick Ireland (2010); Jimmy Murakami – Non-Alien (2010); Patrick Kavanagh – No Man’s Fool (2004); and James Gandon – A Life (1996).


Image: Sé Merry Doyle, still from Looking On (Rushes 2) aaa0462, part of The Loopline Collection preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive. All Rights Reserved.