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Traveller Story and Song

The traditions of Ireland are the background of our history; they have helped in large measure to mould the Ireland of the past; they are part and parcel of the Irish nation of today. We desire to see them known and honoured, for the Ireland of tomorrow will have need of them, finding in them a source of inspiration and pride.

J. H. Delargy, Honorary Director, Irish Folklore Commission (1942)

The Irish Folklore Commission was founded in 1935 with the intention of preserving Ireland’s oral and material culture, including folklore and traditions. Collectors went out into the field and recorded the stories and songs to be found in different communities, fragments that form part of the rich social history of Ireland. In 1971, the Commission ceased, but the archive it had collected was integrated into the National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin, along with material collected by the Irish Folklore Institute and the Department of Irish Folklore in UCD.

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Ufuoma Essi
All That You Can’t Leave Behind

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present the fourth of the screenings of Art from the African Diaspora as part of Alice Rekab’s multi-platform project FAMILY LINES: All That You Can’t Leave Behind by Ufuoma Essi (2019). Selected by Éireann and I, All That You Can’t Leave Behind is an experimental film that works with appropriated video […]

A photograph of a record sleeve with the black vinyl coming halfway out of it.
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Frystatic

Frystatic is a pitch test, a sonorous perspective, taking a tangent to David Lunney’s work by interweaving traditional Irish tunes within electronic sound fields. By expanding throughout soft repetitive melodies layered with entropic sound effects, the mix recalls the mirror surfaces composition and colourful geometrical patterns visible in the artist’s drawings and sculptures.   Frystatic […]

A close-up photograph of ceramic sculptures in earthy tones placed on the floor. There is a large bowl situated near these sculptures. The background is blurred, there is a book shelf and two white men with backpacks standing in front of a desk.
Weekly Tours

Gallery staff will give informal lunchtime tours of the exhibition by David Lunney, Áine McBride and Katie Watchorn: From Here to There each Saturday at 2pm until the show ends on February 5, 2022. All are welcome and there is no need to book a place.

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A photograph of seven silver cactus-like sculptures in The Douglas Hyde. The sculptures are different heights and sizes.
Daphne Wright
Artist Response

As part of our Response Series The Douglas Hyde is delighted to announce an Artist’s Response where artist, Daphne Wright will respond to the work of Katie Watchorn within the exhibition From Here to There.

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Student Forum Tour

Tour of the exhibition From Here to There led by the Student Forum Group The Student Forum is a group of students and recent graduates who engage with The Douglas Hyde and its programming in different ways over a period of twelve months. These engagements include leading tours of our exhibitions, participating in reading and […]

A photograph of three groupings of different coloured lengths of wood. Each bundle of wood is held together with a metal clasp on the concrete floor. On the left there is a raised shiny surface.
Anne Tallentire
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As part of our Response Series The Douglas Hyde is delighted to announce an Artist’s Response where artist, Anne Tallentire will respond to the work of Áine McBride within the exhibition From Here to There.

A black and white photograph of people walking through the glass doors of the Berkeley Library in Trinity College Dublin. The photograph is situated on a concrete wall with of imprinted wood grooves. There is a grey corner panel with a black TV screen situated on the left, beside the photograph.
David Lunney, Áine McBride and Katie Watchorn
In conversation with Georgina Jackson

We are delighted to announce an In Conversation event where our Director, Georgina Jackson will talk to David Lunney, Áine McBride and Katie Watchorn about, amongst other things, their collaboration on the From Here to There exhibition project. The conversation will take on Thursday, 3 February, from 7 pm at The Douglas Hyde. The event […]

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