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  • Amanda Coogan 'The Fall'
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  • Ailbhe Ní Bhriain 'Great Good Places' Still 2-1
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  • Gavin O'Curry 'Sugarloaf 12'
  • Niamh O'Malley 'Nephin'


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'Apples and Atoms' by Eilís O'Connell RHA 1st Ever Site-specific Campus Sculpture commission installed 6th of November 2013 at Trinity College Dublin to Honour Ernest Walton, Ireland's Nobel Scientist and Trinity College Professor from 1946-74:

Apples and Atoms by Eilís O’Connell RHA


Trinity College Dublin as collector, patron and promoter of the visual arts

Trinity College Dublin represents a tradition spanning 300 years of commissioning and collecting art, with the earliest known record of paintings in College noted in 1710, and the earliest work dating from 1601. The collections predate those of the Royal Dublin Society, founded in 1731, and the establishment of the National Gallery of Ireland, founded by an Act of Parliament in 1854 and opened in 1864. The collections represent in the main, painting, print, sculpture, and statuary, with a significant historical focus on portraiture.

The modern collection was effectively initiated in 1959 by George Dawson, Genetics professor, when he and a group of students introduced the ‘College Gallery’ hire scheme. Original Irish and international artworks along with original prints and artists’ posters were actively acquired for display in student and staff rooms on campus to encourage an interest in, and a critical eye for, modern and contemporary art. This scheme generated such an interest across the College and beyond that it catalysed the conscious promotion, support, and involvement in the visual arts at Trinity by means of acquisitions, commissions, exhibitions, student societies, the establishment of a related teaching department, and the aesthetic modernisation of the campus environment.

For further information please consult:

George Dawson: An Unbiased Eye. Modern and Contemporary Art at Trinity College Dublin since 1959, edited by Catherine Giltrap (Dublin: Associated Editions, 2010) Available in the Trinity College Library Shop, Hodges Figgis Dublin, and the bookshops of The Irish Museum of Modern Art, and The Lewis Glucksman Gallery at University College Cork, among others. Also available online from the publishers: Associated Editions

Paintings and Sculptures in Trinity College Dublin by Anne Crookshank and David Webb (Dublin: Trinity College Dublin Press, 1990)
Currently out of print but available in libraries

The Modern Art Collection Trinity College Dublin, compiled by David Scott (Dublin: Trinity College Dublin Press, 1989) Available in the Trinity College Library Shop & in libraries

The Silver Collection Trinity College Dublin, by Douglas Bennett (Dublin: Trinity College Dublin Press, 1988) Available in the Trinity College Library Shop & in libraries


25th September 2017 - New academic year Welcome and Campus Art Update

22nd September 2017 - Arts Building Concourse - exhibition of recent acquisitions just installed, 22 September 2017

22nd September 2017 - Arnaldo Pomodoro 'Sfera con Sfera' sculpture conservation update - Irish text ; English text

23rd March 2017 - New Acquisitions Announcement, including the Provost's Fund for Contemporary Art plus Artists' talk, Wed. 29th March, 6.30-8pm

20th March 2017 'APERTURES - creating NEW, collecting NOW' - new Campus Exhibition at The Arts Building, runs until mid-May 2017

10th March 2017 - 16 works from Trinity College Dublin on loan to Armagh County Museum for 'George Russell (AE) @ 150. Launch 10th March and exhibition runs until 22 April 2017

17 November 2016: "The Swing of the Sixties : Trinity's College Gallery" comes to Dublin. Launching on the 24th November 2016 and running until 7th January 2017 - Curated by Alumnus, Richard Wood, from the University's Modern Art Collection, at The Lexicon, Municipal Library, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

FREE CAMPUS ART TOUR Thursday 27th October, 1pm, Meet Arts Building - more details here

12th October 2016: The 2016 ART HIRE SCHEME is now live for all students and staff with rooms or offices on campus, and for departments. Check out the 170 artworks available. Deadline to submit applications is 1pm on Tuesday 18th October 2016

CAMPUS ART TOUR in IRISH for Lá na Gaeilge, Thursday 20th October 2016, 12.30-1.15pm, in association with Oifig na Gaeilge and An Cumann Gaelach. Further details here: AS GAEILGE and IN ENGLISH

NEW CAMPUS EXHIBITION, 16th September 2016: 'Creativity is contagious - pass it on' A Selection of Recent Donations to the University Art Collections

ARCHIVED NEWS, September 2010 to September 2016


Last updated 2 October 2017 (Email).