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”.

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