Transition Year Programme

  • Students & Teachers

Annually in January

Admission Free

Are you curious and have an enthusiasm for creatively exploring the Hugh Lane Gallery? Do you have a willingness to participate, actively contribute to discussions and complete assignments? Our next Open Call for applications to participate in our TY course will take place in autumn 2023 for our TY course starting in January 2024.

During our annual TY courses, students gain an insight into the operations of the gallery through illustrated discussions with gallery curators exploring exhibitions, collections, conservation and education as well as talks by artists and lecturers.

They discover more about some of the amazing artworks in the collection through Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) discussions, illustrated talks on social, artistic and political innovators such as Sarah Cecilia Harrison, Augusta, Lady Gregory and Lady Mary Heath, as well as exploring themes arising from temporary exhibitions.

Assignments have included creative writing inspired by the delving into the Gallery’s online collection; finding beauty in imperfection inspired by the concept of wabi sabi and drawing; creating a soundscape inspired artworks and the gallery spaces and more.

Students do not have to be studying art or intending to study art to participate in our TY courses. What is required was curiosity and a willingness to participate and we are very grateful to all of the students for their active participation in discussions and enthusiastically completing their assignments!

  • Hugh Lane Transition Year Programme January 2024- application details and application forms will be available from 16 October 2023

Discover more about some of the great work made in our TY Blog.

Watch the short film documenting aspects of our TY programme in January 2020.

Hugh Lane TY course display

Hugh Lane TY course participants with artist Beth O’Halloran

Hugh Lane TY course display

Hugh Lane TY course display

Explore our extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art through our online collection.

Mrs Lavery Sketching Sir John Lavery 1910