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Welcome!

Welcome to The Douglas Hyde, a unique space to see and learn about contemporary art in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. We are open five days a week and admission is always free.

What's On

We place artists at the centre of what we do and we support them in making inspiring and ambitious exhibitions. Delve into our programme for exciting and boundary-breaking new ideas.

Alice Rekab
Family Lines

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a commissioned solo exhibition by artist Alice Rekab. In their work Rekab explores embedded personal and cultural narratives; the stories that we tell and the stories that we are told about ourselves. This work emerges from their own mixed-race Irish identity, their family history, experiences of growing up, […]

The Artist’s Eye
Éireann and I

Acknowledging the crucial role artists play in influencing and shaping other artistic practices, ‘The Artist’s Eye’ series asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of influence to present work in Gallery 2. In this instalment, Alice Rekab has invited Éireann and I, an archive of Black life for Black migrants in Ireland. […]

Upcoming Exhibitions

Arthur Jafa
Love is the Message, The Message is Death

  The Douglas Hyde in partnership with The Form Foundation is delighted to present the Irish premiere of Arthur Jafa’s seminal work Love is the Message, The Message is Death. In Love is the Message, The Message is Death (2016) Jafa presents a poignant, visceral, and emotional reflection on African American life, identity, and history. […]

Current and Upcoming Events

Black Irish Contemporary Cultural Production and Social Processes

Coinciding with the multiplatform project FAMILY LINES by artist Alice Rekab, The Douglas Hyde in collaboration with the School of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin (Black Studies Programme) will present a one day public Symposium titled Black Irish Contemporary Cultural Production and Social Processes on Friday 23 September 2022.

Alice Rekab
Mythlantic Family/Clann Miotlantach

As part of our Culture Night 2022 programme, Alice Rekab will present a reading of their text Mythlantic Family/Clann Miotlantach. This reading will take place within the gallery activating new perspectives on the work in the exhibition. Booking required. Fully Booked    

Alice Rekab
In conversation with Georgina Jackson

We are delighted to announce an In Conversation event where artist Alice Rekab will be joined in conversation by Georgina Jackson, Director at The Douglas Hyde, to discuss the many aspects of Rekab’s FAMILY LINES Project. The conversation will take place on Friday 23 September, 7pm, as part of our Culture Night 2022 Programme at […]

E The Artist
BLACKBOYSBLUSH*

As part of our Culture Night 2022 programme, E The Artist will present BLACKBOYSBLUSH* BLACKBOYSBLUSH* is a three part visual, performance & sound project curated by E The Artist (Daranijoh Sanni) in collaboration with Alice Rekab’s multinational FAMILY LINES Project, which is currently being displayed in The Douglas Hyde. BLACKBOYSBLUSH*’s aim is to both document and […]

Diana Bamimeke
Attend To It

When I visit a show I want to write about, I have to spend a long time with it if I’m going to write about it in any meaningful way. I pack my bag with my supplies: my notepad, my pencil and two pens, a black one and a blue one. Despite its unassuming tools […]

Cairo Clarke
ON BECOMING

As part of our Response Series The Douglas Hyde is delighted to share Cairo Clarke’s response to the work of Alice Rekab within the exhibition Family Lines. ON BECOMING formalises concepts of belonging, identity and embodiment. The response takes a material form in three parts: a PDF file, a double sided A3 poster, and double […]

TY Festival 2022

Are you in Transition Year? Are you into art and art-making? Join us at our first TY Festival. TY Festival is a day-long programme for transition year students and home-educated students from across the country (aged 15 to 18) to learn, play and explore their creativity through art-making workshops.

Learn & Engage

Are you curious about contemporary art? Whatever your knowledge – from newcomers to enthusiasts – engage, join in and learn more!

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An Artistic Eye

How do you become and artist? What is the best thing about being an artist? What do you all day? In this series of videos these questions and more are asked of various artists. Each of them will share their unique take on how, and when, they decided to become an artist, how their work is developed, what being an artist means to them, and things that they are excited about.

Art & Ideas

Artists present us with new perspectives on the world we live in. Explore the exciting ideas behind our programmes, hear more from the artists we work with and discover new ways of engaging with art.

Eric N. Mack
In conversation with Georgina Jackson

We are delighted to announce an In Conversation event where artist Eric N Mack will be joined in conversation by Georgina Jackson, Director at The Douglas Hyde, to discuss the many aspects of his new commission Scampolo!. The conversation took place on Thursday 26 May, 7pm, at The Douglas Hyde. Watch it now from the […]

Garrett Phelan
THERE ARE BETTER WAYS. EDUCATION, CLASS AND FREE THOUGHT FM

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present the launch of the book THERE ARE BETTER WAYS. EDUCATION, CLASS AND FREE THOUGHT FM. To celebrate this timely book we presented a conversation between Kathleen Lynch (Professor Emerita of Equality Studies, UCD), artist Garrett Phelan and Liam Wegimont (Director of GENE-Global Network Europe) on class and education which took […]

How to Support Us

The Douglas Hyde has gained worldwide recognition in platforming new and diverse perspectives in contemporary art. In supporting us you are enabling artists to make their most ambitious work to date and helping to bring that work to new audiences.