Despite the best efforts of some, Dublin is still a lively city and a hub of creativity. It is known for its music and song but there has always been a vibrant if less lauded visual art scene in the country. Dublin\’s art galleries are lovely relaxing places of different shapes and sizes dotted all over the city. Here are just some of our favourites.
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin 2
Famous for its annual exhibiton in early summer, the RoyalHibernian Academy is one of the oldest Dublin Art Galleries. It has been at the heart of the Irish Art Community for almost two-hundred years. A magnificent space in the centre of Dublin where you can escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, this gallery is not too big, not too small but just right. The RHA promotes contemporary artists so will always find something interesting going on in here.
Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin 1
It’s small, it’s beautiful and it’s utterly unique. The Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square is a real gem. The history behind its eventual founding is worthy of an epic movie and many of its pictures are world famous including Renoir’s The Umbrellas and other works by well-known European and Irish artists.
Most interesting of all is the area dedicated to Irish artist Francis Bacon, whose studio was moved piece-by-piece to Dublin after his death in 1992. It is an incredible space and gives a fascinating insight into the mind of one of the great artists of the 20th century.
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin 2
Buried in the belly of Trinity College Dublin, and a bout five minutes from our campus on Dame Street, The Douglas Hyde Gallery focusses on artists who push the boundaries of form and convention. Visitors to Trinity normally pass this by on their way to the Book of Kells. They really shouldn\’t.
The Kerlin, Dublin 2
So if the Hugh Lane and RHA are cappuccinos, the Kerlin is an espresso. If you\’re looking for a quick shot of art, this private gallery shows work by contemporary artists and is a great place to get a cultural top up.
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin 2
Walk out the door of City Language School, cross the road and walk two hundred metres and you\’ll get to the Temple Bar Gallery & Studios.
When Temple Bar went though its cultural renewal, this disused factory was turned into the first DIY artist-centred initiative in Ireland.
Today it’s still a busy and beautiful space where many of Ireland’s leading artists have worked and exhibited.
City Language School Dublin
City Language School is right in the heart of Dublin City Centre. Dublin is the proud and vibrant capital of Ireland and with its cosmopolitan and modern feel, it has repeatedly been voted Europe’s friendliest city by Trip Advisor. Dublin boasts strong links with literature, music, dance and storytelling. As you walk through the streets of Temple Bar, you can absorb the musical tradition which spills onto the streets from the many bars and restaurants; truly a city of enormous beauty! Dublin is surrounded by breath-taking natural scenery that will leave you with lifelong memories. It is perfectly located on the eastern coastline of Ireland and is a convenient gateway to the rest of Europe.
We are conveniently located in the heart of Dublin on Dame Street, giving you easy access to the whole city of Dublin as well as bus and tram lines for you to get around.