Education is central to young people's appreciation of the arts and The Hugh Lane's education policy actively encourages both participation and appreciation in the visual arts through a schedule of innovative projects and programmes. These projects are carried out both in the gallery within the context of the permanent collection and exhibitions and in the wider community in the context of the urban neighbourhood.
During 2016, 2017 and 2018 the Hugh Lane visual art community collaborations include Port Perspectives Projects, Dublin Culture Connects Neighbourhood projects and Create Ireland Collaborative Arts Partnership (CAPP) programme.
The National Neighbourhood spans the Dublin City Council region, and for the first time brings together the Public Libraries, the area offices, the City Arts Office and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, in partnership with National Cultural Institutions (The Abbey Theatre, The National Museum of Ireland, The National Library of Ireland, The National Gallery of Ireland, The National Concert Hall, The Chester Beatty Library, The National Archives and The Irish Museum of Modern Art). The core value is the public and cultural community working together, connecting Dubliners in significant ways on projects that are relevant to their expressed concerns. Each project has evolved from a series of conversations and are harnessing the appetites of particular groups for cultural engagement. These programmes focus on creating space for experimentation, modelling new partnerships and testing ways of working. The results will be documented and used to inform future programmes in Dublin communities. #DCCNeighbourhoods
Ships Passing in the Night was a community engagement project involving artist James O'hAodha and participating children from the Sikh community and the Dodder Scouts creatively exploring maritime communication, group photography, and the creative staging of images. Over three months, James has worked with the groups separately, and together at key points, to share the artistic process and to collaborate on the making of a short film. The project's process was also captured by videographer Jenny Brady. In collaboration with the South East Area Office, Dublin City Arts Office, Dublin Public Library and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. http://www.dublinscultureconnects.ie/category/the-national-neighbourhood/
Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme 2017-2018
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland, are delighted to announce this major opportunity for a collaborative artist(s) to research and deliver a major new commission for Spring 2018. This commission will run from 2017 into 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. The commission will focus on collaborative socially engaged arts practice and is open to artists and / or arts collectives born in or resident in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Finland, Hungary or Germany (partner countries within the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme).The commission process will include a research period with the opportunity to develop a new work in collaboration with local and new communities in the surrounding area/ neighbourhood where Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is located. The commission is in two phases Research and Development Strand March/April/May 2017 and Production June 2017 – June 2018.