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The Douglas Hyde Gallery

Photo: Isabel Nolan, Calling on Gravity, installation image, 2017. Courtesy of The Douglas Hyde Gallery. Photography: Denis Mortell

The Douglas Hyde Gallery

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Saturday 13 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is a contemporary art gallery situated in the heart of Dublin city in Trinity College. Founded by the Arts Council and Trinity College Dublin in 1978, the gallery was designed by Paul Koralek of ABK Architects and contains two main exhibition spaces: the cavernous, double height Gallery 1, which is approached down a cantilevered staircase, and the award-winning Gallery 2, which was designed by McCullough Mulvin Architects, and opened in 2001.
On 13 October, there will be two talks in the Gallery as part of the Open House programme:

2pm: The Man Who Built the Stairs, a talk by Liam Foran
As part of Open House at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, we welcome Chartered Builder Liam Foran, from Dublin. Forty years ago, Liam painstakingly hand-cast and assembled the concrete spiral and cantilevered staircases at the Gallery, step by step, as well as the concrete ceiling tiles. For Open House, Liam will bring visitors on a tour of the work he completed 40 years ago, explaining the process and his experience of the build.

3:30pm The Marmite of Architecture, a talk by Emma Gilleece
Loved and loathed in equal measure, Brutalism has divided opinion since it first boldly appeared in our cities. Designed by Paul Koralek, the architect who designed Trinity’s famous Berkeley Library, The Douglas Hyde Gallery celebrates its 40th birthday this year. Join architectural historian Emma Gilleece as she reveals the gallery’s construction, its secret spaces and Brutalism’s ‘Marmite effect’. Emma Gilleece is an architectural historian and conservationist with an MSc in Urban & Building Conservation (UCD). She is a regular contributor to Village magazine and is on the committee of DoCoMoMo Ireland.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Wheelchair accessible.

Designed by: Paul Koralek of ABK Architects
Building Date: 1978
Location: Trinity College, Dublin 2

People like you make Open House Dublin possible!

Open House Dublin is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF): a non-profit arts organisation that communicates the value of architecture.

The IAF presents Open House Dublin each year as just one part of a rich and unique offering. Our year-round programme includes exhibitions, talks, film screenings, symposia, competitions, publications, school and community workshops. You can help to secure our future by becoming an IAF member, or simply by donating directly.

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Members enjoy perks which include: beating the OHD queues, private tours, partner discounts; and limited-edition IAF publications and prints. Architects can also claim structured CPD at all IAF events.