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Call Out | Reading Group: Property

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To whom does space belong? And who belongs to a space? The idea of property taps into questions of belonging. Property ideology has shaped both space itself, and how we perceive space: today’s neocolonial and neoliberal conditions are symptomatic of this. Ireland’s fraught relationship with property – from British colonial rule to the current housing and homelessness crises – warrants both critical study and action across art, academic, and community contexts.

In response to the pervasive issues relating to property, The Douglas Hyde is delighted to host a reading group on the theme of ‘property,’ initiated and facilitated by Niamh Darling, Provost’s Fellow in Curating. The reading group will interrogate the concept of ‘property’ and its implications on housing, land, public and art spaces, considering artwork and practices that resist the confines of this ingrained ideology. The regular group meetings and readings will provide the opportunity to think together about these issues, using selected texts to open up a discussion on alternative approaches to space and collective action.

Anyone with an interest in the politics of property is welcome to apply, particularly artists, researchers, curators or members of the local community! There is no requirement to have a background in this field. The selected texts will be extracts or articles of a manageable length and electronic copies will be shared with readers ahead of each meeting.

To apply, please confirm your commitment to read the allocated texts and attend meetings, and send an outline of why you would like to participate in the reading group (max. 200 words) to

The group will meet at the gallery, or in its vicinity, every Tuesday at 6.30pm (with the exception of Wednesday 28th August), over a period of six weeks between August and September to discuss a different text/theme.

Meeting dates:
Tuesday 13 August
Tuesday 20 August
Wednesday 28 August
Tuesday 3 September
Tuesday 10 September
Tuesday 24 September

For further information, please contact Niamh Darling at

About Niamh Darling
Provost’s Fellow in Curating 2024

Niamh Darling graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.A. in Art History and English in 2020. Her MA thesis focused on the work of Eimear Walshe and Avril Corroon and research interests include affect theory, collective practice, and contemporary art as a mode of resistance against neoliberal norms. Niamh’s review of GOT DAMP by Avril Corroon was recently published by Paper Visual Art. Niamh previously worked for over two years at an architecture firm in research and development, and later tender bid coordination, writing texts for online architecture journals, and applying for publicly-procured projects. This deepened her interest in public space. Additional research interests include affect theory, collective practice, and contemporary art as a mode of resistance against neoliberal norms.

Established in 2020, the Provost’s Fellowship in Curating offers recent graduates of Trinity College Dublin the opportunity to work within The Douglas Hyde over a period of twelve months. Through hands-on work and mentorship, the Fellow is given insight into the daily workings of the organisation and its programme, while contributing to discourses within the Gallery, Trinity College and further afield. The Fellowship, which is generously supported by the Office of the Provost, fosters new generations of arts professionals by giving practical experience of working within one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art spaces.

Application Deadline

Wednesday 24 July 2024

Image credit

Image: Photograph by William Murphy, 2018.⁠