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NEW ACQUISITIONS - find out more here!


Campus Art - Smartphone Interactive tour


Guidelines for Staff with art from the collections on Office Moves, Refurbishments or Periods of Leave


  • Amanda Coogan 'The Fall'
  • Ramon Kassam 'Model'
  • Ailbhe Ní Bhriain 'Great Good Places' Still 1-3
  • Ailbhe Ní Bhriain 'Great Good Places' Still 2-1
  • Ailbhe Ní Bhriain 'Great Good Places' Still 3-2
  • Ailbhe Ní Bhriain 'Great Good Places' Still 4-1
  • Gavin O'Curry 'Sugarloaf 12'
  • Niamh O'Malley 'Nephin'

click on an image detail in the slideshow to see the whole artwork or go to link above for full information

Trinity College Dublin as collector and support of the visual arts

At Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, we cherish a tradition of commissioning and collecting Fine Art and Silver traceable to 1710 and which we continue to develop in our contemporary University, where some 3,000 works inhabit and encounter our ecosystem of learning throughout approximately 500 locations on the main and satellite campuses.

Emphasising the significance of curating publicly accessible, highly-frequented, environments as well as locations focused on the individual and for specialised research groups we aim to incorporate stimulating visual creativity into daily life. In fact, the genesis and flourishing of the Modern Collection arose through the introduction in 1959 of what is known locally as ‘The College Gallery’ art hire scheme, whereby Irish and international artworks continue to be acquired so that students and staff may select and hire them annually for temporary display in their rooms and offices on campus, aspiring to encourage an interest in, and a critical eye for, modern and contemporary art. The great passion for this scheme gave rise in 1966 to our Department of The History of Art and Architecture, and, from 1967 onwards, the first university art gallery in Ireland was established and is now permanently embodied in The Douglas Hyde Gallery. At Trinity College Dublin, we consider universities optimally positioned to complement museums and galleries, engaging our multi-disciplinary collections as platforms for debate, for the exchange, communication and initiation of ideas, and a coming together of people.

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

Artist Biographies - this is a work in progress, we are adding to this page as time affords us


23 May 2019 - Launch of the new Business School and Trinity Board Room, including the initial display of new and existing artworks from the College Art Collections - click here to see a list of the artworks

13 March 2019 - EALAÍN an CHAMPAIS - TURAS AS GAEILGE, 13ú Márta 2019, 12.45-1.05pm, i gcomhar le Gael Oifig agus Seachtain na Gaeilge. Bualadh le chéile ag Caifé an Perch i bhFoirgneamh na nEalaíon. Turas treoraithe ag mic léinn as Gaeilge. Campus Art - Irish Language Tour, 13th March 2019, 12.45-1.05pm, in association with Gael Oifig and Seachtain na Gaeilge. Meet at the Perch Cafe in the Arts Building. Art tour guided by students through Irish.

21 September 2018 - Arts Building exhibition programme suspended temporarily to facilitate Arts Building refurbishment programme

19th September 2018 - The Annual College Gallery Hire Scheme is live (internal access only)

16th May 2018 - Guidelines for Staff with art from the collections on Office Moves, Refurbishments or Periods of Leave

25th April 2018 - Last month of 2017-18 New Acquisitions exhibition at the Arts Building, display ends 23rd May 2018 (inclusive)

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 22 May 2019 (Email).