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 is a community engagement project led by artist James O'hAodha. Over three months, James worked with two community groups in the Sandymount/Ringsend area: children from the Sikh community who have their Temple in the Sandymount area, and the Dodder Sea Scouts. The presence of nearby Poolbeg Lighthouse was used as a symbol and a starting point for the engagement with and between the two groups. The idea of beaconing and beckoning with light, and maritime signalling tradition, have been a guiding focus. Using International Morse code as a shared language, the children learned the basics of Morse communication, progressing to a stage where they were able to send messages to each other. The children also worked with homemade Morse keys, tapping out 'dots' and 'dashes' in light and sound to each other. Ships Passing in the Night is on view in the Hugh Lane from 1 -31 March 2017.
'Alight' is a project over five months in 2016-17 led by Coisceim Broadreach as part of Dublin Culture Connects. Using the No. 1 Bus as a central motif, and working with community groups in the DCC South East area around Sandymount/Ringsend, special events such as The Mystery History Cabaret Tour, All Aboard visits to the NGI and Hugh Lane, a Valentine's Tea Dance, a creative dance/design project with children from St Patrick's NS; Tell Your Story drop in social; Art and Design event with Talk about Youth; taster art/dance/drama workshops with community groups from Riccy's Youth Cafe, St Andrew's Resource Centre, Pembroke Library, City Quay NS and the Lir Academy.
Ships Passing in the Night and Alight are 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.