RHA Director Patrick T. Murphy, and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Gallery Director, Barbara Dawson, bring us on a walk through the solo exhibition Eleuthera by Sean Scully. Generously supported by IPUT.
Barbara Dawson is Director of the Hugh Lane Gallery which was founded by Sir Hugh Lane in 1908. She has overseen the transition of the city gallery into a leading cultural institution in Dublin. The gallery is committed to enhancing its collections, organising diverse and challenging exhibitions and to building new dynamic and inclusive learning programmes, working both in house and within the communities. In 1998, she secured the gift of Francis Bacon’s Studio and Archive and, as Project Director, oversaw and managed the de-installation of the studio and archive, and its installation in the Hugh Lane Gallery where it opened to the public in 2001. It remains one of the most popular art attractions in Ireland. She oversaw the construction of the gallery’s new wing and secured from Sean Scully a donation of eight paintings in celebration of the opening of the new spaces in 2006. In 2019, he donated a ninth work, the splendid Landline Grey painting from his most recent series.
A lead supporter of Irish art practice, Barbara Dawson’s aim is to promote and showcase Irish art alongside global art initiatives through exhibitions, acquisitions and projects. In 2014, she was appointed Adjunct Professor of the School of Art History and Critical Policy at University College Dublin and is a member of the Trinity Long Room Hub Institute Board. She received the 2019 UCD Alumni Award in Arts and Humanities and was appointed a Creative Fellow of the UCD College of Arts and Humanities. She successfully negotiated her second Sir Hugh Lane Bequest Agreement with the National Gallery London in December 2019
Image: Sean Scully, Eleuthera, Installation shot, Photography by Kate Bowe O’Brien.