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A photograph of a white tin jug, a white tin teapot and a smaller mustard yellow tin teapot placed on the floor. There is a pink and white curled wire coming out of the mustard yellow teapot. The background is blurred, but there is a crowd of people looking at a television on a chair.

Curator's Tour: How is it made?

What materials does an artist decide on and what are the reasons behind the choice? How do artists transform materials? How do materials convey meaning?

The question of how and why an artist uses materials has long been a topic of consideration in art history. Today, many artists are looking to this question and seeking to find a balance between what they use to make work and the concepts behind them. Providing agency to the materials themselves, artists are looking at materials as a means of communication, whether they are expanding on traditional media and narratives or utilizing everyday objects to construct new forms.

Looking at the work of David Lunney, Áine McBride and Katie Watchorn within the exhibition From Here to There, this themed tour led by our Learning and Engagement Curator, Fernando Sánchez-Migallón Cano will focus on materials and processes as a way to explore how the choice of material impacts the ideas the artwork communicates to the viewer as well as help us gaining a deeper understanding of how artists work today.

Current Events

The Quickening
Creative Labs

As a part of Deirdre O’Mahony’s ground-breaking exhibition, The Quickening, The Douglas Hyde is thrilled to introduce a series of dynamic Creative Labs. The Creative Labs aim to ignite collective imagination and action in response to the pressing challenges of food production, farming, and the climate crisis. Each Lab will be designed to investigate innovation […]

Joanna Walsh
the feast

Enter the feast, a walkthrough game by Joanna Walsh that responds to Deirdre O’Mahony’s work, The Quickening, which examines the issues facing farming, food production and consumption in the face of present ecological and climate crises. Using the words of invitees to two feasts staged by Deirdre O’Mahony, the feast invites readers to explore ideas, […]

A close up of a Dung Beetle
Deirdre O'Mahony
Reading List

Each Wednesday, from April 3, we will share highlights from Deirdre O’Mahony’s literary and academic inspirations. Over the course of 12 weeks, uncover a weekly gem from the artist’s library, each book having played a pivotal role in shaping her research and creative processes for The Quickening project. These carefully selected recommendations will be available […]

Upcoming Events

Gabriel Coleman
THE INSTITUTE

THE INSTITUTE is a collaborative storytelling card game where players assume the role of delegates convening at a powerful and prestigious Institute to address an urgent issue. Throughout the course of the game, players collectively determine what that issue is, how the Institute aims to address it, and all the office politics in between. Based […]

Alisha Doody
Seeds of Thought: Letters to the Future of Farming and Food in The Quickening

Seeds of Thought is a collaborative workshop that invites participants to engage deeply with The Quickening, a multilayered artwork focused on the crucial themes of food sustainability, farming, and the future of food production. Through the introspective and creative process of letter writing, attendees will communicate directly with the envisioned future, the farmers, the landscapes, […]

The Quickening
Eat Food Policy Workshop

As part of Deirdre O’Mahony’s The Quickening exhibition engagement programme, The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present the Eat Food Policy Workshop, a generative event responding to the urgent need for a multidisciplinary approach to food production, farming, and the climate crisis. Guest scientists, farmers, food producers and policymakers from the community are invited to propose topics for discussion […]

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