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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.


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 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.   The artist sets out his ambitions for the commission as ‘…relating to the visibility of Traveller culture, expanding upon the idea of the accessible archive, and troubling the relationship to material and contexts which define these unresolved relationships of difference.’

SEAMUS NOLAN Biography Seamus Nolan is an artist based in Dublin, recent work includes presenting 10th President as part of Re-Public in the Hyde Park Art Centre Chicago (Create /Culture Ireland showcase for 2016), Historica – Republican Aesthetics the Irish Museum of Modern Art, 'Radical Actions', RMIT Melbourne, ( 2016) 'Proto punks' with Upstate Theatre projects Drogheda, (2015) 'Kathleen Lynn, Insider on the outside' Mayo Arts Collaborative, (2016) 'what if we got it wrong' the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, touring exhibition (2015) and 'F**K IMMA' for 'What we call love', Irish Museum of Modern Art (2015) . Previous works include '10th President’ in the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, (2013) a project which proposed the President of Ireland temporarily hand over office to a child who died whilst in institutional care and ‘Newtopia, the state of human rights’ Mechelen Belgium, (2011). Nolan has also been awarded the Artist in the Community Scheme Award for 'The Trades Club Revival' which saw the revival of the traditional working man’s club in Sligo, and a related exhibition in the Model, Sligo. The attempted hijack of a Ryanair flight for St Patrick's day ‘Flight NM7104’ for Terminal Convention (2011), an off-site exhibition and seminar situated in the abandoned Airport terminal building at Cork Airport. A refusal to participate Ireland's inaugural Dublin Contemporary 2011, and an attempt to sell the derelict house of Barbara Luderowski the founder and co-director of The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh. Other works include Corrib Gas Project Arts Centre (2008 ) a solo show which looked at the Corrib Gas Pipeline and the North Mayo community affected by its development, 'every action' a collaboration with the five peace activists acquitted for disarming a military aircraft in Shannon Airport. 'if art could save your life' (2009) invited the Drogheda Arts centre to foster two dogs, earmarked to be destroyed, for the duration of the exhibition, and Hotel Ballymun (2007) a temporary public art work commissioned by Breaking Ground, Ballymun Dublin, which saw the transformation of a residential tower block on the outskirts of Dublin city into a boutique hotel by a group of local participants and organisations.

For further information please see the PDF on the right of this page or contact Katrina Goldstone, Create JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING and Jessica O’Donnell, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING


Dublin's Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood

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/