With restrictions lifting, the sun shining and a general feeling of positivity in the air our Student Experience events can (modestly) become face to face once again.
Beginning last week, each Tuesday from now onwards we will be engaging with some of Dublin’s best art and culture by visiting different galleries. For our first Art Tour we began with Dorset College’s most neighbourly art gallery, The Hugh Lane.
A personal favourite of mine for its magnificent architecture, however the warm welcome myself and the Learners received really confirms the importance of this gem. The atmosphere in the gallery was particularly upbeat as it was the first day of opening since the lockdowns began at the end of December. As a visual artist myself, this was a particularly special event and a significant one to be able to share with our Learners.
The first exhibit we viewed was The Lane Legacy. This show includes works by Manet and Degas among many others, all donated by Hugh Lane and his supporters. Each room deals with different subject matters and each space is categorized by vibrant and punchy paint.
The ‘fuchsia’ room is a particular stand out, it’s warm and powerful with the work complimenting the boldness. The Sleeping Princess by Burne-Jones steals the show and captures the viewers’ attention from the moment of entry.
As always a visit to the Hugh Lane is not be complete without seeing Francis Bacons Studio. No matter how many times I have been to the gallery over the years it never fails to inspire me. The chaotic nature of the artist studio is captured so perfectly, and placing it within the gallery context elevates it to a piece of artwork in its self.
Bacon will always be a fascinating figure in Irish art for many reasons but once you see his work, there is no explanation other than being a truly visionary painter.
Kate Molloy - Student Experience Leader
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