Georgina is the Director of the Douglas Hyde Gallery. She is responsible for the vision of the organisation and works closely with the team and board to realise this vision. Georgina’s first encounter with the Gallery was working on the front desk while studying History of Art at Trinity College, an experience that was foundational in her relationship with contemporary art. She went on to be a Curator in Exhibitions at the Hugh Lane, a project curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the inaugural curator-in-residence at The Mattress Factory Art Museum in Pittsburgh. She completed her PhD, titled ‘The Exhibition and the Political’, through the Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media in 2012 and has taught at the National College of Art & Design, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Institute of Technology and the University of Toronto. Prior to the DHG, she was the Director of Exhibitions & Programmes at Mercer Union in Toronto from 2013 until 2017.
Assistant Curator, Exhibitions
Aideen Quirke is the Assistant Curator of Exhibitions at the Douglas Hyde Gallery. She has a background in painting, and curating exhibitions and events, having studied Fine Art at Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, and Museum Studies at University College Cork. She was formerly the director of the artist-run venue Sample-Studios in Cork. Aideen is interested in how ideas can be communicated through exhibitions and their mediation to audiences. She has previously worked at a number of museums and art organisations curating projects, programming public events, supporting artists making new work and mediating exhibitions with a focus on accessibility and engaging with diverse audiences.
Assistant Curator, Learning and Engagement
Rachel McIntyre (on leave)
Rachel looks after the Gallery's Learning and Engagement Programme, planning a curated programme of talks, screenings, tours and other events that open up discussion around the exhibitions. Balancing an artist focused approach with an attitude of openness to other disciplines, the hope is to create a sense of connection between the Gallery, the university, and the community. Before joining the Gallery in 2011, Rachel worked in the Library and Archives Department of the National Gallery of Ireland, where she also delivered guided tours of the collection and exhibitions. Her background is in the history of art and she has written essays for exhibitions in the Gallery and independently.
Assistant Curator, Learning and Engagement
Rachel Donnelly (2018/2019)
With a background in arts writing and a passion for communicating about art, Rachel is responsible for curating and executing the Gallery's Learning and Engagement Programme in 2018/2019. Previously, Rachel worked for both Dublin Theatre Festival and Dublin Dance Festival. In 2017/2018, she was the arts editor for Totally Dublin, the city's primary cultural publication. She is currently the editor of DRAFF, a journal exploring process in performance-making. Rachel’s particular interest lies in the intersection of different creative languages, and what can be learned from the gaps between these vocabularies.
Our part-time Gallery Assistants are an important part of The Douglas Hyde Gallery team, communicating with visitors about our exhibitions and assisting in the running of the Gallery, while bringing their individual expertise and interests to the job.
Olen Bajarias completed a BA in English Literature at Trinity College Dublin in 2016. He writes regularly on literature for a number of Dublin-based publications, most recently for Totally Dublin. He has worked as a Gallery Assistant at The Douglas Hyde Gallery since 2016.
Sophie Behal is a visual artist working mainly in sculptural installation, which can include audio, text, photographic and performative elements. Her work is characterised by an attention to the inherent qualities of materials and their relationship to time. It strives to sit in a space between thinking, language and making. Sophie has a BA from Crawford College of Art and Design and recently completed an MA in Art + Research Collaboration through IADT. She has recently undertaken two residencies in Finland, the Mustarinda residency in Northern Finland in July 2018 and the Impilinna residency in the Finnish archipelago in November 2017. www.sophiebehal.com
Isadora Epstein is a writer and performer based in Dublin whose work hosts a conversation between visual art and performance. Her work was selected for 2017 Pallas Periodical Review #7. She received the Judge’s Choice Award for her Dublin Fringe 2016 production, Very Rich Hours, at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and her production Flemish Proverbs received the Best Design Award in 2015, also for Dublin Fringe. She has had recent performances at IMMA, the NCAD Gallery and KuVa Exhibition Lab, Helsinki.
Eoghan McIntyre is a Dublin-based artist and writer who uses art criticism, fiction and illustration to critique the intersection of art and ethics. Often working through collaboration and performance, McIntyre's practice explores the social responsibilities of art.
Cliodhna O'Riordan originally studied for her BA (Hons.) in Architectural Technology at Cork Institute of Technology, following on to graduate with a BA (Hons.) in Fine Art rom Crawford College of Art and Design. She then went on to complete her MA in Art and Process at Crawford. Receiving a number of awards following on from her studies, Cliodhna has also exhibited nationally. She is a member of Richmond Road Studios, and also a member of the New Materialism Reading Group at Talbot Studios.
Eimear Regan is a 2018 graduate of Visual Culture in NCAD. She is a practicing curator, poet and spoken word performer. Through her work she investigates the human condition. Her most recent exhibition Interstices of Light at The Complex, a combination of photography and poetry, was an investigation into states of mental health.
Joe graduated from NCAD’s painting department in 2013, and has since maintained his studio practice, working primarily in painting, drawing and sculpture. Recent group exhibitions include: Island Life, The Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, 2018; Ozymandias, The Kevin Kavanagh Gallery 2016; Foundation 15, 2015; Centre, Pallas Projects, 2015; ELEfANTS, The Joinery, 2014. Solo exhibitions include: Settle, Rua Red, 2014; Waiting to Materialise, The Talbot Gallery, 2014. He has also undertaken two separate three-month-long residencies at Listhus, Iceland, 2014-15 and 2016.
Image: Isabel Nolan, Calling on Gravity (2017), installation view, The Douglas Hyde Gallery. Photography by Denis Mortell.