Young Visionaries is a weekly programme that offers Transition Year students the opportunity to learn about curatorial practice and museum work within the context of the Hugh Lane Gallery, culminating in the curation of a display inspired by the Gallery’s collection.
Applications for this project close 2 February 2024.
The application form can be found here Young Visionaries Application_Official
Through this collaborative project, Transition Year students will learn about curatorial practice within the context of the Hugh Lane Gallery and its extensive collection. Students will have the chance to work with the Hugh Lane Gallery’s staff as they learn and practice different aspects of museum work. The group will be encouraged to reflect on their own perspectives as young citizens and the larger role art plays in society as they explore the unique facets of art and curatorship, and as they brainstorm and execute their own curatorial vision, which will be exhibited within the Hugh Lane Gallery.
The programme will include three months of weekly meetings. The first six weeks will focus on introducing the group to different aspects and tools of museum work through the lens of the Hugh Lane Gallery’s extensive collection. These sessions will involve presentations and workshops with staff across the Hugh Lane Gallery, including visits to local artist studios, the Hugh Lane Gallery’s conservation studio, and other art exhibition spaces. Relying upon the knowledge gained through these workshops, the students will then embark on the intensive process of ideating and curating their own display based off of the Hugh Lane’s collection. With support from the Gallery staff, the group will consider and discuss what art and public galleries offer given communities as they brainstorm and propose a unique exhibition from ground up— including choosing a theme, deciding upon the objects and hang, picking a title, writing wall text, choosing a wall colour, and considering marketing alongside community outreach. The group will later have the opportunity to gain insights into the installation of the exhibition by the Gallery’s art technician staff.