I have had some of my most rewarding encounters with an artwork at The Douglas Hyde Gallery. I don’t know of another situation where a combination of the unique architecture of the gallery, coupled with consistently thoughtful curation and collaboration, come together to allow a new way of seeing and understanding. Willie Doherty, artist and board member

The Douglas Hyde Gallery has long since won its place as a jewel in Ireland’s artistic crown.
Sheila Pratschke, Chair of The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon

The Douglas Hyde is a unique space in many ways. Architecturally, it has been one of the most exciting spaces I've worked in, the team is dedicated and intelligent, and the programme offers a rich engagement in both aesthetics and politics; for both local and international audiences. Jumana Manna, artist  

Become a Supporter of the DHG

We invite you to join the The Douglas Hyde Gallery’s Friends and Patrons’ Programme today. Become part of our vibrant community, and a champion of contemporary art in Ireland.

The friends of the DHG are essential in realising the programming for which the gallery is world-renowned. By supporting the gallery, you are directly supporting an artistic programme that embraces excellence, diversity and experimentation. From commissioning new work by Irish and international artists, to presenting inspiring artist talks, panel discussions, and more, your support helps to ensure that future generations can be inspired and challenged by contemporary art. 

 Whatever size, your support makes a huge difference  to the DHG’s programme.

 In recognition of our Friends and Patrons’ support, we offer a range of benefits and activities detailed below


From €2,500 per year

Alongside all of the benefits of the Director’s Circle benefits listed below you will enjoy:

  • Private tours of exhibitions with the Director for your family, friends, clients or staff 

  • An invitation for you and five guests to special preview drinks with the exhibiting artists

  • An invitation for you and a friend to the DHG’s Annual Patrons Dinner 

  • An invitation for you and a friend to the artist-led tours of one of the other unique spaces in Trinity College Dublin

  • Private access to the gallery (by special arrangement)

Director’s Circle

€1,000 euros per year

Join our Director’s Circle and become part of a group of key supporters who enjoy a closer relationship with artists, the gallery and the expansive DHG programme.

Alongside all of the Champion benefits listed below you will receive;

  • Private tours of the exhibitions with the Director 

  • An invitation to the DHG Annual Patrons Dinner 

  • An invitation for you and a friend to each of the artists’ studio visits (3 per year)

  • An invitation for you and a friend to the artist-led tours of one of the other unique spaces in Trinity College

  • Newsletters from the Director with programme highlights 

  • Be acknowledged as a member of the Director’s Circle on the gallery wall, gallery publications and on the website


€250 euros per year (€20.83 a month)

Alongside all of the Friend benefits listed below you will receive;

  • An invitation for you and a friend to preview drinks with the exhibiting artists

  • An invitation to visit an artist’s studio (one per year)

  • An invitation to an artist-led tour of one of the other unique spaces in Trinity College 

  • A gallery publication 

  • Newsletters from the Director with programme highlights 

  • Be acknowledged on the gallery’s website

  • A 20% discount on all gallery publications and magazines 


€50 euros per year
(Reduced to €25 for artists and unwaged)

  • Receive a tote bag designed by artist Garrett Phelan 

  • Receive a monthly newsletter

  • Enjoy invitations to gallery openings

  • Enjoy priority booking for all free talks and events (when applicable)

  • Enjoy a 10% discount on all gallery publications and magazines 


There are many ways you can support the Douglas Hyde Gallery; from making a one-off donation to joining as a supporter, or helping to fund an artist’s commission, a programme or organisational initiative.

All donations directly support the artistic programme and enable artists to make their most ambitious work to date and help us to bring that work to new audiences.

Talk to us about how we can work with you. Contact Rachel McIntyre on +353 1 896 116 or email rachel.mcintyre@tcd.ie


Images Credits
1. Photograph by Senija Topcic taken at the opening of Wild Relatives by Jumana Manna, December 6, 2018.
2. Drawing by Garrett Phelan, 2019. Copyright the artist.

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is hugely grateful to the following individuals for their generous support:

Ariadne Ní Dhonnchú, Adrian & Jennifer O'Carroll, K. Smith and A. Walsh

Dónall Curtin & Anne O'Donoghue, John Daly (Hillsboro Fine Art), Marie & Joe Donnelly, Maire & Maurice Foley, Marie Heaney, Peter & Paula Ledbetter, Kieran Owens & Eilis Fitzpatrick, Joan Roth, Amir Shariat

Gale Aitken, Dermott Barrett, Maria Buckley, Gerry Costello, Genieve Figgis, Rachael Gilbourne, Ira Haeussler, Michael Hill, Professor Trevor Hodkinson, David Horkan, Claire Kerr, Julia Kelly Kennedy, Melanie le Brocquy, Professor C. Salvadori Lonergan, Michael Mc Morrow, Bernadette Madden, Monster Truck Gallery and Studios, Judy O'Sullivan, Amy Power, Sorcha Richardson, Lucy ShuYao Lu, Kate Strain, Stephen Szczepanek, Liz Ward