News Archive Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane houses the foremost public collection of contemporary art in Ireland; the gallery also has a dynamic temporary exhibitions programme often encompassing the permanent collection. Sun, 21 Oct 2018 15:43:35 +0000 Point Blank en-gb Sean Scully’s Gift to Dublin The Director and Board of the Hugh Lane Gallery and Dublin City Council is delighted to announce the generous donation of the painting Landline Gray by the Dublin-born, internationally renowned abstract painter Sean Scully. The artist has a particular affiliation with The Hugh Lane having already given the city collection eight paintings, which are on display in the Sean Scully room in the gallery.

"Sean Scully has always been a very generous supporter of The Hugh Lane. Untitled (Landline) is a tremendous addition to our collection of eight paintings by Sean, which he generously donated to the Hugh Lane in 2006. It significantly adds to the cultural heritage of the city and to the prestige of the Hugh Lane’s collection of contemporary art." – Barbara Dawson, Director, Hugh Lane Gallery

Untitled (Landline), with its emphasis on the horizontal and its bold bands of colour, shows a departure in Sean Scully’s work. The deep ocean blues overlaid with earthy tones arouse that sensation of isolation experienced when standing alone at the edge of a mighty sea, both melancholy and exhilarating. The painting will be on view in The Hugh Lane at the end of November.

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Citizen Lane Film Tells Story of Gallery's Founder A fascinating new film telling the story of gallery founder Hugh Lane will screen on RTÉ TV1 at 9.35pm on Wedensday 5 September 2018.

Citizen Lane combines drama and documentary to tell the story of art collector, dealer, philanthropist and gallery director Hugh Lane, who founded The Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in 1908 (now Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane). Many of the scenes in the film were shot at The Hugh Lane. It features many of the works Lane collected which can be enjoyed for free by visitors to the gallery, now located on Parnell Square. These include Les Parapluies by Auguste Renoir, The Beach at Tourgeville-les-Sablons by Eugène Boudin and Jour d’Été by Berthe Morisot.

Citizen Lane was directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan and written by Mark O'Halloran. It stars Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Hugh Lane. It also features Derbhle Crotty as Lady Augusta Gregory, Michael Gambon as Lord Ardilaun, Marty Rea as William Orpen and Leslie Conroy as Sarah Cecilia Harrison. The dramatic scenes are intercut with interviews from contemporary documentary contributors such as historians Roy Foster and Paul Rouse and art historian Morna O’Neill.

Watch the Citizen Lane trailer.

The film was widely praised on its cinema release:

“O'Sullivan's film provides a real insight into Hugh Lane's life and legacy, and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor's performance catches a fascinating, warm, arrogant but overwhelmingly generous man.” - Paul Whitington, Irish Independent

“Its inventive blend of documentary and dramatic storytelling serves to bear out an engaging tale... Citizen Lane… stands as a testament to the man credited with establishing the first known public gallery of modern art in the world, the Dublin Municipal Gallery of Modern Art. The film doesn’t shy away from the fact that Lane was a divisive figure, but it rightfully never questions his visionary talent and accomplishments.” - Dave Higgins,

“A fascinating portrait of Hugh Lane and the controversies surrounding him in life and in death.” - Katy Hayes, The Times

“Tom Vaughan-Lawlor… is excellent among a strong cast as Hugh Lane in this fascinating account of the life of the colourful art collector.” – Claire Collins, Newstalk

“Tom Vaughan-Lawlor… is a wonderful constellation of contradictions as Hugh Lane…. Having scoured old letters and biographies, O’Halloran has plucked out the choicest (and often cattiest phrases) used by Lane and his Celtic Twilight contemporaries… They make for both dynamic, relevant exchanges and moving moments.” - Tara Brady, Irish Times

“In the hands of some of the best people working in the Irish movie industry today – director Thaddeus O’Sullivan, writer Mark O’Halloran, editor Mick Mahon and DOP Kate McCullough – Citizen Lane ends up being a delightful, insightful, fascinating experience.” –

“Citizen Lane doesn’t put a foot wrong in its expertly paced 80-minute running time. As well as providing an insight into Lane, the documentary also delves into the changes enveloping Ireland in the early 20th century, where a new sense of Irish cultural identity was emerging. A must-see for those with even a passing interest in the arts in Ireland.” – Sarah McIntyre,

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Eithne Jordan Catalogue Launched The catalogue for the exhibition, Eithne Jordan: Tableau, was launched on Wednesday 22 November.

The fully illustrated book features essays by Sherman Sam and Logan Sisley.

To purchase a copy of Eithne Jordan: Tableau, contact the gallery bookshop: 
Telephone: 089 2202855

The exhibition continues until 14 January 2018.

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Dublin Gallery Weekend 2017 4 days & 34 galleries

A weekend in Dublin for visual art lovers, collectors and newcomers

Dublin Gallery Weekend 2017 is launching a dynamic series of events across 34 leading Dublin galleries and museums from Thursday, 23 November to Sunday, 26 November. Now in its third year, this unique weekend is an opportunity to discover Dublin’s vibrant visual art scene through a comprehensive line-up of exhibition openings, guided tours, artist and curator talks and family-friendly events.

“We are so excited to be entering into the third year of Dublin Gallery Weekend with an action packed line-up of incredible events, tours and talks and a brand new map to help visitors find their way around. Dublin has such a wealth of incredible visual art organisations and it’s wonderful to work so closely with them all to curate a weekend with something for everyone. With DGW, we hope to open up the rich array of artists and arts spaces to both Dubliners and visitors, art connoisseurs and novices, young and old.” - Rayne Booth, founder and director of Dublin Gallery Weekend.

Highlights of the weekend include the launch of Rodney Graham’s much anticipated exhibition ‘That’s Not me’ at IMMA; a special music event inspired by Detroit electronic music duo Drexciya at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (SOLD OUT); a series of artist talks at the new talks space upstairs at AIB Grafton Street; and a family art workshop at the LAB gallery inspired by their exhibition ‘Futureproof’.

Visitors can pick up the Dublin Gallery Map with full schedule and listings at one of 50 locations across the city or on the Dublin Gallery Weekend website.

Participating Galleries
Artbox | Chester Beatty Library | The Douglas Hyde Gallery | Doorway Gallery | Dublin City Gallery |Gallery of Photography | Gormley’s Fine Art | Graphic Studio Gallery | Green on Red | Hillsboro Fine Art | The Hugh Lane | IMMA | Kerlin Gallery | Kevin Kavanagh | The Lab |The Library Project | Mart Gallery | Molesworth Gallery |Mother’s Tankstation | National Gallery of Ireland | NCAD Gallery | Oliver Sears Gallery | Olivier Cornet Gallery | Oonagh Young Gallery | The Oriel Gallery |Pallas Projects | Project Arts Centre | Royal Hibernian Academy | Science Gallery Dublin | Solomon Fine Art | Taylor Galleries | Temple Bar Gallery + Studios | Gallery X | Gallery Zozimus |

Facebook: @DublinGalleryWeekend
Instagram: @DublinGalleryWeekend
Twitter: @DubGalleryWknd


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Job Vacancy: Head of Development Dublin City Council invites applications, on the official form, from suitably qualified persons who wish to be considered for inclusion on a panel from which vacancies for the following position may be filled:

Head of Development, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
(Fixed Term Contract – 3 Years)

  • Eligible: Suitably qualified persons
  • Wage: €60,000 per annum
  • Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday, 8th June 2017

For more detailed information and to download an application form please see

Alternatively, email or contact the Human Resources Department, Block 4, Floor 4, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, tel: (+353) 1 2223041.

Completed application forms should be submitted not later than 5.00 p.m. on Thursday 1st June 2017. Applications will only be accepted on the official form. Completed application forms will not be accepted via email.

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Gallery Open for Cruinniú na Cásca, Monday 17 April 2017 The gallery will be open from 11am to 5pm on Monday 17 April 2017 for Cruinniú na Cásca.

Special Events

1pm-3pm: Family Workshop
Join us for this free drop-in family art workshop led by Olive Knox where you will be designing a new look for the Easter Bunny drawn from your imagination! No booking required although numbers may be limited.

2pm: Highlights Tour
Join us for a highlights tour of the Gallery's Collection including Frank O'Meara and Irish Artists Abroad and Port Life: Eugeen Van Mieghem. Free, no booking required.

Cruinniú na Cásca is a Creative Ireland initiative presented by RTÉ which will take place in towns and cities across Ireland on Easter Monday with a special large-scale event in Dublin.

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Seamus Nolan: CAPP Commission 2017 Artist Seamus Nolan is the recipient of the prestigious CAPP commission with Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Create.

We are delighted to announce that the artist Seamus Nolan has been successful in the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) Open Call for a socially engaged commission. This is a very significant commission in the collaborative arts sphere in Ireland. It has resulted from a successful collaboration between Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, located in Parnell Square and is supported by the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) a transnational programme co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The applications, from across the CAPP network of partners, were of particularly high calibre with forty-one artists submitting diverse proposals in cross disciplinary artforms. This exciting commission will run from 2017 to 2018 and sets out to encourage meaningful and in depth engagement with communities of place and of interest as well as the distinct architectural, socio-political and cultural landscape of the North Inner City of Dublin. Seamus Nolan’s proposal to investigate the idea of archive, deconstruct ideas on ‘heritage’ and engage with both communities of place and of interest, involving Traveller activists and archivists, stood out in terms of concept and imaginative power.

Barbara Dawson, Director Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane “We are delighted to work with Create and Seamus Nolan on this great commission. One of Ireland’s foremost artists working in collaborative arts practice, Nolan has presented a powerful and thoughtful proposal focused on the Traveller community. Working with the community, Paveé Point, archives and archivists, the artist will go beyond any single reading of identity and heritage in a contemporary re thinking of established histories, memories and communities”

Ailbhe Murphy, Director of Create “We are delighted that Seamus Nolan, one of Ireland’s leading collaborative arts practitioners, has proposed this very timely and relevant socially engaged project. With a focus on archive, identity and history in relation to the Irish Traveller community, Nolan will work with a number of collaborators to re shape and re work ideas about what ‘heritage’ and memory can be. We are really looking forward to working in partnership with the Hugh Lane on this exciting commission.”

Seamus Nolan, artist “I am really pleased to have the opportunity through this commission to examine basic notions of representation and community building in relation to Traveller past and heritage. The commission will support the coming together of cultural practitioners, activists and archivists in an exploration of contested histories.”

Martin Collins, Pavee Point added: “With the recognition of Traveller ethnicity it is important to explore how Traveller culture and identity can be integrated in an inclusive way into all aspects of Irish life. Pavee Point welcomes this opportunity to continue to develop innovative and imaginative approaches and looks forward to working with artist Seamus Nolan.”

For further information please see the attached pdf or contact Katrina Goldstone, Create and Jessica O’Donnell, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

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Reviews of our 2016 Centenary Programme Artist as Witness “The Hugh Lane’s take on 1916 looks beyond the rebellion to raise questions of memory and the artist’s role as witness… …The Hugh Lane constantly excels at finding links between the present and the past. There is a dynamic see-saw that takes place when an intelligent arrangement of older collection works meets contemporary artist – commissioned show in an institution such as this. It’s an approach that not only puts fresh new art in context but brings art-historical works to life, too. Most importantly it asks viewers to bear witness, and demands that we be active e rather than passive about it looking again each time anew.” Cristín Leach Sunday Times 25/04/2016

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Michael Kane and Sven Augustijnen Publications Now Available Catalogues to accompany our current exhibitions are now available in the gallery bookshop.

Sven Augustijnen: The Metronome Bursts of Automatic Fire Seep through the Dawn Mist like Muffled Drums and We Know It for What It Is includes essays by Mihnea Mircan and Colin Graham.

Michael Kane: …Modality of the Visible features essays by Elizabeth Hatz, Róisín Kennedy and Michael Dempsey and a poem by Paul Durcan.

Both books are available from the gallery’s bookshop for €15 each. They are also available alongside other Hugh Lane publications at the Dublin Art Book Fair 2016, Temple Bar Gallery, 10 November - 13 November 2016.

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Dublin Gallery Weekend 2016 Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is again pleased to be participating in Dublin Gallery Weekend, featuring exhibitions by Sven Augustijnen and Michael Kane and our Collection displays.

Following a phenomenally successful inaugural year, Dublin Gallery Weekend is set to return even bigger in 2016 with more galleries taking part. The visual arts festival will be taking place in Dublin from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 November 2016. Over one weekend, 36 art galleries across the city will throw open their doors and invite visitors old and new to experience the exciting and inspiring art on offer in Dublin art galleries. A series of special events, including exhibition openings, artist and curator talks, walking tours, late openings and workshops will take place over the weekend, and almost everything will be free of charge.

The wide range of events and exhibitions for all ages will be taking place across Dublin city in galleries such as IMMA, MART Gallery, Douglas Hyde, RHA, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Kerlin Gallery, Project Arts Centre, NCAD Gallery, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and many more featuring a range of Irish and international artists. Walking tours will showcase the cultural delights of area such as Trinity, Parnell Square, Monto, The Coombe, Merrion Square, St. Stephens Green and Temple Bar.

To navigate around the diverse and exciting range of participating galleries and exhibitions and to find out what events are on offer, pick up a copy of the Dublin Gallery Map in November in one of over 50 locations throughout the city or log on to



Friday 25 November 2016



Tour of Parnell Square Art Galleries

Meeting in the Hillsboro Fine Art gallery, this one hour tour will continue to The Hugh Lane and Olivier Cornet Gallery.


Michael Kane in conversation with Head of Exhibitions Michael Dempsey 
Free event, early arrival recommended


Saturday 26 November 2016

10am – 5.30pm
The Artist & The State / International Symposium 
The Chapel Irish Museum of Modern Art
Tickets €6 (incl tea & coffee)

In response to the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the evolution of society over the past 100 years, IMMA, The Hugh Lane and Create’s 2016 programmes reflected on the role artists and creativity play in society and the identity of the nation state. National commemorations operate within a framework of national identity and defined statehood – frameworks that are increasingly contested and problematic within global discourses on the shifting relationship between civil society and the state.

This international symposium at IMMA takes a timely look at the potential of contemporary arts practice to critically address the challenges now facing our ever-changing global society and systems of governance. It will reflect on The Hugh Lane’s 2016 programme, including exhibitions by Jesse Jones and Sven Augustijnen.

To book please click here

Sunday 27 November 2016

12 noon 
Sundays@Noon Concert Series 
Fionnuala Moynihan performs Clementi piano sonatas. Free event, early arrival recommended

Drop-in family activities for all ages 
Join artists Slavek Kwi and Rhona Byrne for the following two interactive workshops:

A thought experiment with Rhona Byrne
What kinds of drawings and scribbles might emerge if you were to imagine your brainwaves and neural networks firing from your brain through your body? 

How might these drawings translate into a large collaborative sculpture of neural pathways ... one you can walk through? If you are curious to find out more, we invite you to join artist Rhona Byrne to explore the workings of your thoughts and movements through drawing and sculpture.

Silent Sound Walks - Slavek Kwi
For these silent walks, sound artist Slavek Kwi, invites participants to experience the gallery like never before - blindfolded. What happens to your experience in the gallery when you are not using your visual senses, but instead are relying on audio perception? What kinds of things do you notice? Where might your ears take you in the gallery, instead of your eyes? The artist will also be intervening in the gallery space with other sounds, to be encountered on your walk.

All events at The Hugh Lane are free and all are welcome.

Dublin Gallery Weekend is kindly supported by the Arts Council, Fáilte Ireland, Culture Ireland and Dublin City Council.

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Gallery Open Monday 1 August The Hugh Lane will be open for the August Bank Holiday. We are open on Monday 1 August from 11am to 5pm.

Take the opportunity to see our current exhibitions programme:
High Treason: Roger Casement
Alan Phelan: Our Kind
Liam Gillick: What's What in a Mirror
Collection: The Artist as Witness The Best of Decades: Painting and Sculpture of the 1960s from the Collection

Gavin Friday: The Casement Sonata will be played at noon and 3pm

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Easter Opening Hours 2016 We are pleased to announce that the gallery will be open on Easter Monday 28th March from 11am - 5pm to mark the Easter Rising commemorations.

Our Easter opening hours are as follows: Good Friday 25th March: Closed Easter
Saturday 26th March: 10am - 5pm
Easter Sunday 27th March: 11am - 5pm
Easter Monday 28th March: 11am - 5pm

Free tours of the gallery will take place at 2pm on Sunday 27th March and Monday 28th March.

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Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Launches 2016 Programme: Artist as Witness Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane’s programme of exhibitions for 2016, “Artist as Witness”, was launched at the Gallery on Wednesday, 20th January 2016 by Councillor Daithí Doolan, deputising for an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

The Programme presents a diverse series of exhibitions, from painting to installation, with each exhibition providing a unique voice – illuminating the relevant role the artist plays as a witness in society.

“Dublin City Council is excited to be launching the Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane “Artist as Witness” exhibitions programme, which forms part of the City Council 1916 Dublin Remembers commemorations programme” said Councillor Daithí Doolan. “The exhibitions are free and varied, with something for everybody, and the supporting education programme will reach out to new and existing audiences, making art and the gallery accessible to all. I would urge you to visit the gallery during 2016”

Roger Casement: Opening during the 2016 Easter celebrations Sir John Lavery’s monumental painting High Treason: The Appeal of Roger Casement, The Court of Criminal Appeal, 17 and 18 July 1916 moves from Kings Inns, where it has been on display since 1951, to the Gallery for the ‘High Treason: Roger Casement’ exhibition. The painting depicts the last day of Roger Casement’s trial against the death sentence for treason.

Also included in the exhibition is a programme of talks by members of the legal profession, historians, human rights activists and curators who will add insight in Roger Casement’s life and legacy including discussions on the painting and the fascinating context in which it was painted.

Alan Phelan’s Our Kind exhibition considers a ‘what if’ scenario exploring themes of betrayal and considers what might have happened had Casement been acquitted of high treason.

Bank of Ireland is sponsoring both Roger Casement exhibitions. Richie Boucher, CEO, Bank of Ireland said: “Bank of Ireland is delighted to support the Hugh Lane Gallery’s Roger Casement exhibition, part of the ‘Artist as Witness” programme – a fitting commemoration during this centenary year. As the oldest bank in continuous operation in this country, founded in 1783, Bank of Ireland has a long heritage supporting significant cultural endeavours and we are delighted to facilitate Barbara Dawson and her team at the Huge Lane Gallery in delivering this unique exhibition.”

Irish artist Jesse Jones’ NO MORE FUN AND GAMES exhibition will transform the gallery space into a cinematic experience through sound and architectural intervention. In her installation, Jesse Jones will turn our attention to feminism in Ireland, exploring how individuals share, understand or experience collective memory.

Revisions by Julie Merriman, came about from the artist’s interaction with City Council engineers, architects and staff that draw or use drawings as part of their work. Julie works through typewriter carbon film and carbon paper, layering images to create new expressive forms from the original archival material.

Liam Gillick invites the visitor to his exhibition in to a space of self examination and reflection on the function of a museum. Two bodies of work combine, one providing a moment for self-reflection while the other acts as a repellent.

Sven Augustijnen's The Arms of Freedom exhibition ends our 2016 programme. This new storyboard installation evokes how both weapons and journalism have been entangled in the fabric of our histories. His internationally acclaimed film Spectres, interrogates the legacy of Belgium’s colonisation of the Congo, will be screened in the IFI as part of the exhibition.

The education programme will delve deeper into, respond to and provide access points into our exhibitions, the Gallery’s Collection and its unique position as a modern and contemporary art institution in Dublin city. Through talks, workshops, lectures and film screenings, we hope to ignite a passion in art and continue our role as an inclusive and living institution for existing and new audiences.

Barbara Dawson, Gallery Director said “Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane is delighted to present this diverse programme of exhibitions that focus not only on commemorating events of 1916, but allow for reflection on other periods of Irish history and the contemporary. The exhibition programme, and supporting education programme, will offer something for everybody and we look forward to welcoming local communities, workers, residents and visitors to the Gallery during 2016. Finally, we are delighted to have Bank of Ireland as sponsors of our Roger Casement exhibitions and we look forward to working with them throughout the year”.

Further information on the Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane programme for 2016.

Full Dublin City Council programme 1916 – Dublin Remembers.

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Christmas and the New Year at The Hugh Lane Take some time out to enjoy the Hugh Lane Gallery and the exciting Programmes of events over the festive season.


Take a break from the Christmas rush and come to Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane to hear these delightful vocal programmes of opera, operetta and song celebrating the spirit, romance and magic of the festive season. The programme explores a range of Christmas themes and includes music from such composers as Puccini, Gounod, Debussy and Clementi.

All concerts admission free: early arrival advised as spaces are limited.

Saturday 5 December, 2pm
DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

Sunday 6 December, 12pm
The Clementi Sonatas IV with Fionnuala Moynihan, piano

Saturday 12 December, 2pm
DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

Sunday 13 December, 12pm
Elisaveta Blumina Trio

Saturday 19 December, 1pm
DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

Sunday 20 December, 12pm
RTE Contempo Quartet – The Essential Quartet Series 4


Saturday 5 December, 2 – 3pm
'Deck the Halls' of the Hugh Lane!
We invite families of all ages to join Aoife Flynn to create one or several decorations for the gallery's Christmas tree. Free drop in workshop for all ages, no booking necessary

Saturday 12 December, 2 – 3pm
Festoon your Front Door or Table for Christmas
No Christmas home is complete without a wreath on your door or a centre piece for your table, so why not join Liliane Puthod to create your own unique Christmas decoration. For children aged 3+ and accompanying adults Fee €5. To book please contact the gallery reception on 01 2225564.

Wednesday 30 December, 12 – 3pm
Join artist Joe Coveney to take over the Gallery’s Sculpture Hall and contribute to an ever growing sculptural installation. Create your own patterns and shapes and add them to this ever evolving construction! Free drop in workshop for all ages, no booking necessary. This event is part of New Year’s Festival Dublin Art Trail


Wednesday 2 December, 11am
Frame Conservation Project in conjunction with Dublin City Archives
Lecturer: Cresten Doherty

Wednesday 9 December, 11am
Francis Bacon: The Figure in Motion
Lecturer: Jessica O’Donnell

Wednesday 16 December, 11am
Les Parapluies by Renoir
Lecturer: Ciaran Woods

Wednesday 6 January 2016, 11am
The Life of St Colman MacDuagh by Wilhelmina Geddes
Lecturer: Michelle Doyle

Join Gallery curators and guest speakers in an exploration of the Gallery's permanent collection, exhibitions and conservation projects, followed by tea or coffee with the speaker in the Gallery café, to allow for further discussion. Fee €5.



Enjoy a free tour of the gallery each Sunday at 2pm. No booking required although early arrival is recommended as places may be limited. There will be no tour on Sunday 27 December 2015 as the gallery is closed. Tours will recommence on Sunday 3 January 2016.

Christmas Gallery Opening Hours
Thursday, 24 December: Closed
Friday, 25 December: Closed
Saturday, 26 December: Closed
Sunday, 27 December: Closed
Monday, 28 December: Closed
Tuesday, 29 December: Open 9.45am to 6pm
Wednesday, 30 December: Open 9.45am to 6pm
Thursday, 31 December: Open 9.45am to 5pm
Friday, 1 January: Open 11am to 5pm

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Vacancy for a Conservator Dublin City Council invites applications, on the official form, from suitably qualified persons who wish to be considered for inclusion on a panel from which a vacancy for Conservator (Temporary), Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, may be filled.

See the Dublin City Council website for more detailed information and to download an application form. Alternatively, email or contact the Human Resources Department, Block 4, Floor 4, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, tel: (+353) 1 2223041. Completed application forms should be submitted not later than 5.00 p.m. on Thursday 10th December 2015.


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Christmas Closing CHRISTMAS CLOSING 2013

Monday 23rd December: Closed

Tuesday 24th December: Closed

Wednesday 25th December: Closed

Thursday 26th December: Closed

Friday  27th December: Closed

Saturday 28th December: 10am to 5pm

Sunday 29th December: 11am to 5pm

Monday 30th December: Closed

Tuesday 31st December: 10am to 5pm

Wednesday 1st January: 11am to 6pm

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Return of the Lane Paintings Priceless Superstars of the Art World return to Dublin

Four priceless superstars of the art world will return to the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane from the National Gallery London on Thursday 23rd May to huge anticipation.

Part of the famous Hugh Lane Collection is a group of eight paintings by renowned French Impressionist painters. This group is shared in a unique agreement with the National Gallery London (see history of agreement below). These eight paintings are divided into two groups, with four paintings on display in Dublin for six years at a time.

The four paintings returning to Dublin on 24th May are:

  • Les Parapluies or The Umbrellas by Auguste Renoir
  • Portrait of Eva Gonzales by Edouard Manet
  • Jour d'Ete or Summer's Day by Berthe Morisot
  • Camille Pissarro's View of Louveciennes

“It would be a privilege for any gallery to exhibit these pioneering works of art, but it is especially significant that these works are returning to Dublin, to the collection for which Hugh Lane originally intended them to belong. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, a vibrant showcase for the visual arts and a treasure trove of modern and contemporary art, welcomes back this wonderful collection” said the Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí.

“This is an exciting homecoming for these much loved masterpieces which are part of the cultural history of modern Ireland. These superb works will be on exhibition for the enjoyment of all Dubliners and visitors to the city. “” said Barbara Dawson, Director of the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

The masterpieces will be on view to the public from Friday, 24th May. There will be a free public lecture on Renoir’s Les Parapluies by Dr. Margarita Cappock, Head of Collections at the Gallery on Sunday, 26th May at 3.00pm.

For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277

Barbara Dawson, Director, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane  (T) 01 872 2182

Details of the Paintings

The much loved and world renowned Les Parapluies ( or The Umbrellas ) by Auguste Renoir returns to delight Dublin audiences. Renoir who lived in the heart of Paris depicts a rainy day on a crowded Parisienne street where brightly coloured umbrellas are hoisted against the inclement weather. Renoir paints a vivid and colourful picture of urban life which is all the more fascinating due to the underlying tension between the humble but beautiful flower girl and the admiring seductive glance of the wealthy man to the left of the painting.

The Portrait of Eva Gonzales by Edouard Manet aroused great excitement when Hugh Lane purchased it for 100,000 francs in 1904. Gonzales became a pupil of Manet's in 1869 and he painted this portrait of her in 1870. A successful artist during her brief lifetime, ( she died in childbirth aged 36) one of her paintings. Children Playing in the Sand Dunes is in the National Gallery of Ireland. George Moore, a great fan of this painting,in one of his lectures in support of Hugh Lane and a gallery of modern art for Ireland, exhorted his audience to no longer  look upon the withered thighs of martyred saints, but rather on the beauty of female form and the raised arm of Mme. Gonzales and William Orpen included Eva Gonzales in the background of his famous painting 'Homage to Manet.

The magnificent Jour d'Ete or Summer's Day by  Berthe Morisot shows a sunny day in the Bois de Boulange on the outskirts of Paris, where two women  in the rowing boat on the pond captures the leisured pursuits of Paris society at the turn of the century.

Camille Pissarro's View of Louveciennes captures the French countryside in Springtime.

History of the Agreement

Hugh Percy Lane was born in County Cork, Ireland on 9 November 1875. He was brought up in Cornwall, England, and began his career as an apprentice painting restorer and later became a successful art dealer in London.

Through regular visits to Coole (near Gort), County Galway, the home of his aunt, Lady Gregory, Lane remained in contact with Ireland. He soon counted among his family, friends and social circle those who collectively formed the core of the Irish cultural renaissance in the early decades of the 20th century.

Extolling the cause of Irish art abroad, Lane also became one of the foremost collectors and dealers of Impressionist paintings in Europe, and amongst those outstanding works purchased by him for the new gallery were La Musique aux Tuileries by Manet, Sur la Plage by Degas, Les Parapluies by Renoir and La Cheminée by Vuillard.

The Municipal Gallery of Modern Art opened in January 1908 in temporary premises in Harcourt Street, Dublin. Lane hoped that Dublin Corporation would run it, but the Corporation was unsure if it would be financially viable.

For his "services to art" in Ireland, Lane was knighted in June 1909 at the comparatively young age of 33.

Lane did not live to see his gallery permanently located as he died in 1915 during the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, off the west coast of Cork, the county of his birth.

Following his death, his will bequeathed his collection to London, but an un witnessed  codicil which he wrote before his death in 1915 bequeathed it to Dublin. However the codicil was not witnessed and his wishes were not honoured despite huge lobbying by Irish and British sympathisers

At the request of Lane's aunt, Lady Gregory, WT Cosgrave, leader of the Irish Government unsuccessfully approached Ramsay MacDonald on the matter in 1929. When John A. Costello became Taoiseach in 1948, he initiated further negotiations with Harold Macmillan, the British Prime Minister. This eventually led to a compromise in 1959, under Taoiseach Sean Lemass, whereby half of the Lane Bequest would be lent and shown in Dublin every five years.

In 1993 the agreement was varied so that 31 of the 39 paintings would stay in Ireland. The remaining 8 were divided into 2 groups, so that 4 would be lent for 6 years at a time to Dublin. These 8 include works by Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Morisot, Vuillard and Degas. In 2008, in celebration of its first centenary, the Hugh Lane negotiated  with the National Gallery London for the return of the entire Bequest for a period of three months, the first time they were reunited with the rest of Hugh Lane’s collection since 1913.

The Gallery, is now situated in Parnell Square in central Dublin. A new wing was opened in 2006.

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