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Transition Year Work Experience at The Douglas Hyde

Are you in Transition Year? Would you like to know more about art? Do you want to find out about how galleries work?

Open Call 

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is delighted to announce the next round of our TY Project offering Transition Year students work experience, with the opportunity to learn new skills and get behind-the-scenes of one of Ireland’s leading galleries.

Through a series of daily group meetings and workshops, as well as self-directed research, the groups will design and develop an online learning event as part of the 2022 DHG programme. Through creative, critical and design thinking, as well as practical experience, participants will explore the impact of culture and its influence on inclusion, diversity and access.

So if you are in Transition Year in 2021/22, and are passionate about art, galleries and learning, we are looking for enthusiastic students who enjoy working as part of a group. In exchange, we offer training within a friendly atmosphere with the opportunity to:

  • Meet new people
  • Be part of a fun and welcoming team
  • Get behind-the-scenes of public galleries
  • Develop communication skills
  • Develop group working skills
  • Add valuable experience to your CV

About The Douglas Hyde Gallery

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is a contemporary art gallery. We support global and local artists to make new work and present exhibitions, always placing the artist at the centre of what we do. We believe that art plays a central role in shaping the world we live in, and that galleries are an essential public space in a progressive society. As a space, we value excellence, enquiry, experimentation and diversity. We know that art extends our understanding of ourselves and gives us new ways of thinking and of seeing the world.

Work Experience Breakdown

For the 2021/2022 School year we are offering two different options for you to choose from: online or in-person work experience. The online option will be better suited for students from outside Dublin, while the in-person option will be better suited for students that could easily travel to Dublin City centre each day.

Online training and work programme dates: From November 15 to November 19 2021.

Online training and working hours breakdown: 2 hours of online workshop/working group plus some self-directed research each day during the 5 days of the programme. We will meet on Zoom from 10am – 12pm daily with a 20 minute break at 11 am. At the end of each session, participants will be provided with a series of self-directed research tasks that will inform the online workshop each subsequent day.

In-person training and work programme dates: From November 22 to November 26 2021.

In-person training and working hours breakdown: 2 hours of in-person workshop/working group plus some self-directed research at home each day during the 5 days of the programme. We will meet at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, from 10am – 12pm daily with a 20 minute break at 11 am. At the end of each session, participants will be provided with a series of self-directed research tasks that will inform the workshop each subsequent day. For those attending the in-person training and work programme, the DHG will cover transport cost by providing a prepaid LeapCard.

Disclaimer: Please note that this in-person training and working placement might be moved online should the Government Health and Safety guidelines change prior to the week of November 22nd.

Participation Requirements

Online training and work programme: As the working and training programme will be delivered exclusively online, you will need to have access to a computer and the video communication platform Zoom.

In-person training and work programme: As the working and training programme will be delivered at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, you will need to be able to travel into Dublin City centre for 10 am each day of the programme.

Placement allocation

There are a total of 12 places for the online placement and 12 for the in-person placement. Placements will be allocated randomly with a maximum of one placement per school. Half of the placements will be allocated for students from DEIS schools which will also be chosen randomly.

We will send offers of places by email including your TY coordinator and parent/guardian to let them know. When you are offered a place, you have 5 days to notify us by email whether you will accept it. If you can’t accept your placement, you will forfeit the place. Unfilled places will then be reallocated.

If you have any questions, are worried this programme might not be for you, or require any assistance to take part in our programme,  contact our Learning and Engagement curator, Fernando Sánchez-Migallón Cano at fernando.sanchez@tcd.ie

Closing date for applications

Friday 15 October 2021.

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