Art History Courses

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We hope you continue to enjoy our  our series of newly created talks and imaginative art activities that can be viewed on the Gallery's youtube channel and suggestions for reading, listening, watching and more as part of our Artists Takeover series here

Online Peoples College: Avenues into Modern & Contemporary Art

Dates: Saturday 2 October 2021– Saturday 9  April 2022 (excl. Bank Holidays; 18, 25 Dec and 1 Jan)

This series of illustrated art history lectures will look at the diverse range of influences, subject matter and artistic movements explored by some of the most innovative artists from the 19th  to the 21st centuries. Throughout the course, temporary exhibitions such as work by Hiwa K and others will also be examined alongside works from the permanent collection.  These illustrated lectures will offer the opportunity for exploring engaging and wide-ranging themes from art history to contemporary visual art practice, to wider societal concerns explored by artists nationally and internationally.

Venue: Please note: these classes will be taking place live online via the Zoom online platform until Jan 2022 and changes to in person format will be subject to current guidelines

Time: 11am – Noon, 24 classes; Fee: €135 and to enrol  please email JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING


Online: Hugh Lane UCD Lectures Series 2021

Exploring Modern and Contemporary Art at the Hugh Lane Gallery

7 October – 11 November 2021, 2pm

The Hugh Lane Gallery has the foremost collection of modern and contemporary art in Ireland and is believed to be among the first galleries of modern art in the world. This six week course of hour-long illustrated online lectures delivered by art historians and curators offer opportunities for exploring insightful perspectives on the Gallery’s prodigious collection and temporary exhibitions including superb examples of Irish and international art such as Joseph Beuys, Hiwa K, and exploring themes such as The Artist as Witness in Society, Contemporary Sculpture and artists and the moving image. Fee: €70, to book your place please contact UCD Access and Lifelong Learning: here or tel. 017 167123 / e.  JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING

In-person at the Hugh Lane Gallery*

Fridays 26 November, 3 December, 10 December 2021 and 14 January, 21 January and 28 January 2022, 2-4pm

Studio & State: The Laverys and the Anglo-Irish Treaty marking the centenary of the Signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty six part series with art historian Jessica Fahy.

This six part series with Jessica Fahy will explore the lives and artistic careers of John Lavery and Hazel Lavery with a particular focus on John Lavery’s political portraits as well as the role of the artist and the studio in society. The wider cultural and artistic context in Ireland, England and Europe around the early 1920s, depictions of this turbulent period in Ireland in art, the move towards representations of national identity in art and the influence of the West of Ireland will also be among the themes explored.

Fee: €60 in total for the series. Advanced booking is required via Eventbrite here

* Subject to guidelines.

This art appreciation course is taking place as part of the public programmes accompanying the forthcoming exhibition Studio & State: The Laverys and the Anglo-Irish Treaty at the National Museum, Collins Barracks organised jointly by the Hugh Lane Gallery and the National Museum: Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin.