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Art & Ideas

Art presents us with new perspectives on the world we live in and brings about a better understanding of ourselves and each other. Explore the fascinating ideas behind our programmes, hear more from the artists we work with and discover new ways of engaging with art.

There are nine flat screen TVs on stands arranged in three groupings. On one of the screens there is a video still of the back of a white man's head and on another screen there is a video still of a middle aged black man. There are speakers on stands beside the flat screen TVs and cables on the floor.
A woman in a navy coat and a man in a navy coat and a red hat are in conversation. There are three white pillars in front of them and two shelves with sculptures on the left and the right.
A close up photograph of a sound desk with many different coloured knobs. A hand is twisting one of the knobs. Different cables are coming out of the sound desk.

Artist Talks

Hear artists talk about their work, the things that inspire them and the development of their solo exhibitions at The Douglas Hyde. Click here for a full list of our Artists Talks.
Siobhán Hapaska
In conversation with Georgina Jackson

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a walk-through of the exhibition Medici Lion where artist Siobhán Hapaska and our Director, Dr Georgina Jackson, will discuss some of the themes, subject matter, histories and ideas of the work on show. Listen to the recording from the link in this section.

Liz Magor
In conversation with Georgina Jackson

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a walk-through of the exhibition The Rise and The Fall where artist Liz Magor and our Director, Dr Georgina Jackson, discuss some of the themes, subject matter, histories and ideas of the work on show. Listen to the recording from the link in this section.

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 artists Dorothy Cross, Atsushi Kaga, Sam Keogh, Alice Rekab, Eva Rothschild, Bassam Al-Sabah, Sibyl Montague, Áine McBride, Isabel Nolan, Garrett Phelan, and Marcel Vidal.

A photograph of an artist studio with a man sitting in the corner. There are materials on the floor and a tapestry being made; it is leaning on the left wall.
Bassam Al-Sabah
An Artistic Eye

As part of our An Artistic Eye Series we asked Bassam Al Sabah: how do they become and artist? What is the best thing about being an artist? What do they all day?  

A digital collage of a clay piece on the left and a photograph of a black woman on the right sitting down wearing a striped top and purple pants, there are three ginger cats at her feet. There are squiggly red marks around the clay piece and drawn red lines coming from the woman.
Alice Rekab
An Artistic Eye

As part of our An Artistic Eye Series we asked Alice Rekab: how do they become and artist? What is the best thing about being an artist? What do they all day?

Response Series

The Response Series generates collaborations between experts, researchers, and artists not only across disciplines but also across methodologies and approaches to research and practice, with a view to creating new experiences and forms of knowledge. Click here for a full list of our Response Series.

Ingrid Swenson
Writer Response

As part of our Response Series, The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present In Conversation by curator and writer Ingrid Swenson responding to the work of Siobhán Hapaska and her exhibition Medici Lion.

Caoimhe Kilfeather
Corral

As part of our Response Series The Douglas Hyde is delighted to share Caoimhe Kilfeather’s response to the work of Liz Magor within the exhibition The Rise and The Fall. The response takes a material form in two parts: a film, and a A6 double-sided postcard. The film will play on our public screen at […]

Screening Series

The Screening Series brings together works by artists and filmmakers who seek to challenge the conventions of the moving image and to examine its evolving role. Click here for a full list of our Screenings.

Zinzi Minott
Fi Dem II

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present the eighth of the screenings of Art from the African Diaspora as part of Alice Rekab’s multi-platform project FAMILY LINES. Aiming to platform the voices of Black artists and artists of colour and to represent intergenerational legacies of self-representation in the production of film, writing and visual art, Alice […]

Holly Graham
Momma . Me Mudder . Sis . Brodder . Sweetie . Carmen . Plummy

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present the seventh of the screenings of Art from the African Diaspora as part of Alice Rekab’s multi-platform project FAMILY LINES: Petname: Momma . Me Mudder . Sis . Brodder . Sweetie . Carmen . Plummy by Holly Graham (2014). A brother nicknamed ‘Brother’ A sister referred to as ‘Momma’ A […]

Music Sessions

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a new series of Music Sessions with an emphasis on artistic practices that blur and break traditional genre boundaries through music. The programme supports and commissions new work, inviting artists to create new and fun engagements through music.

Skin&Blister @ The Douglas Hyde

The Douglas Hyde will host Skin&Blister at the gallery on Thursday 9 March for an experimental electronic dance night as part of our Music Sessions series. Skin&Blister is a platform that supports female, trans, and non-binary DJs and creatives, fostering safe and progressive dance floors across Dublin.  Skin&Blister have handpicked a promising line-up, including Ruby […]

Frank Sweeney
LIVE DANCE YOUR WAY TO THE 4TH SIGNAL

LIVE DANCE YOUR WAY TO THE 4TH SIGNAL was the first of a new series of Music Sessions with an emphasis on artistic practices that blur and break traditional genre boundaries through music. The programme supports and commissions new work, inviting artists to create new and fun engagements through music. The session was live streamed […]

Late Thursdays

Through this new series of late openings, the gallery becomes a space for hosting unexpected, experimental practices across multiple art forms from live music and expanded cinema to performance and spoken word. Click here for a full list events

A group of cartoon characters in different outfits
Isadora Epstein
Medium Mediums

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a new performance by artist Isadora Epstein as part of our First Thursday series. Through this new series of late openings, the gallery becomes a space for hosting unexpected, experimental practices across multiple artforms from live music and expanded cinema to performance and spoken word. Join us each First […]

A red light in a dark room illuminates a set of foil curtains
Bill Harris
Foil Curtains & Fog Machines

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a new music session where artist Bill Harris will host an experimental electronic dance night as part of our First Thursday series. Through this new series of late openings, the gallery becomes a space for hosting unexpected, experimental practices across multiple artforms from live music and expanded cinema […]

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.