About The Gallery

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Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane has an exceptional history centred around the ground-breaking vision of Sir Hugh Lane himself. Hugh Lane held the first exhibition of Irish Art in 1904 in London and continued to innovate by endowing the Gallery with a unique and exceptional collection of modern art, including the first impressionist paintings in any public collection across Britain and Ireland. Sir Hugh Lane presented the collection to Dublin Corporation (now Dublin City Council) in 1908.

In the years since, under the governance of Dublin City Council, the Gallery has built on this exceptional foundation and spirit. It has grown the collection considerably with the same focus on the exceptional. The Gallery continues to focus on modern and contemporary art and excellence in Irish art practice. The Gallery acquired Francis Bacon’s studio and archive – an exciting and unique resource attracting audiences, artists and historians from at home and abroad. Through its dynamic and critically acclaimed programmes and world renowned collections the Gallery plays a very significant cultural role in Ireland. A registered charity, it is part of Dublin City Council.

The Hugh Lane Gallery Trust Limited is a company which was established in 1998 under the Companies Act 1963. It is a wholly owned company of Dublin City Council. The Company (Members), under its Memorandum and Articles of Association, elects Trustees, who are the Board of Directors and who are charged with the strategic development and management of the gallery.

The Hugh Lane Gallery Trust is committed to the care and public exhibition of its collection and to promoting an understanding, knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary art. This will be achieved through thoughtful, illuminating and innovative approaches to all our programmes and projects. As a lead supporter of visual art practice, the Gallery will nurture new thinking and scholarship on visual art practice which will shape the focus and direction of the Gallery's activities including acquisitions, temporary exhibition programmes, education and research projects, programmes of events and publications. The Gallery actively fosters ongoing productive engagement with artists, institutions, foundations and collectors in its role as a leader in the support and appreciation of the Visual Arts. The Gallery's programmes embrace focused aims to provide greater access to and appreciation of visual art practice across all communities.


The gallery is located in Charlemont House on Parnell Square North and is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays.

Hugh Lane Gallery Trust is a Registered Charity: RCN 20040185

Hugh Lane Gallery is fully compliant with the Charities Governance Code