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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.

Upcoming Events

Stephen Sexton
Writer Response

As part of our Response Series, The Douglas Hyde is delighted to announce a Writer’s Response where writer Stephen Sexton will respond to the work of Bassam Al-Sabah and his current exhibition: IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS  

Student Forum Tour

Tour of the exhibition IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS by Bassam Al-Sabah 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 […]

Bassam Al-Sabah
Artist Talk

The Douglas Hyde is very pleased to announce an In Conversation event where our Director, Georgina Jackson will talk to Bassam Al-Sabah about, amongst other things, their collaboration on the IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS exhibition project. Booking required. Please complete the booking form from the link in this section.  

Clare McLaughlin
IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS | Non-Visual Exploration

As part of the Seen-Unseen Project, in this non-visual exploration, Artist Clare McLaughlin will explore the work of Bassam Al-Sabah within the exhibition IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS This visit is for and with people who are visually impaired. Booking required. To register for the tour please email clare@seenunseen.ie

Jane Fogarty
IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS | Tour

Jane Fogarty is a visual artist based in Dublin. Jane has many years of experience mediating both modern and contemporary art in museum, gallery, and community settings. Jane will lead the tour group through a VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) discussion of Bassam Al Sabbah’s current exhibition IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS This tour is […]

Anna Walsh
Writer Response

As part of our Response Series, The Douglas Hyde is delighted to announce a Writer’s Response where writer and editor Anna Walsh will respond to the work of Jennifer Mehigan and her current exhibition in Gallery 2 as part of The Artist’s Eye programme.  

Art & Ideas

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