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Our new acquisitions exhibition was installed on the 22nd of September 2017, in time for the new academic year 2017-18.

When the temporary display finishes we will integrate the artworks into displays throughout the campus and next year's hire scheme.

Should you find a work particularly engaging for your area, let us know!

If you would like to know more about previous focus Arts Building exhibitions, please see



Announcing 9 new artworks acquired by two different methods and influenced by the input of a variety of people selected to represent the diversity of our campus community.

List of artworks may be found in the exhibition panel information below.

The Provost's Fund for Contemporary Art 2017 has enabled the purchase of the artworks by Alan Butler, Dragana Jurisic, James Kirwan, and Colm MacAthlaoich, proposed and decided upon by committee; members include students, staff, alumni, and external visual arts professionals.

The College Gallery Annual Art Hire Scheme fees, collected from staff and students last year, allowed us to buy the works by Aideen Barry, Katherine Beucher Beug, Shane Lynam, Oscar Fouz Lopez, and Vera Ryklova. The selection of these was carried out with the assistance of our Graduate Art Collections Assistant (Sept ’16 – May ’17), Meabh Noonan.  
Each piece was chosen for its individual power, however, this temporary exhibition allows us to position ourselves, both physically and conceptually, to consider whether there are any commonalities across the works while identifying and relishing their differences.

Donations - Universities seek to inspire a thirst for knowledge, alongside a passion to generate and share new ideas, within an environment of creativity. A significant proportion of the Art Collections at Trinity College Dublin has been donated. This is a tradition which began in the 18th century and continues to the present day. The artworks on display across the three exhibition panels in the Arts Building concourse are a small selection of the generous donations received over the past decade.  We celebrate creativity, the artist and the donor, who are often one in the same person. Many donations come from our former students. As alumni, they seek to honour the University by sharing work which reflects how they were inspired by individuals and ideas during their time here. 

We invite you to look closer at each work, in between lectures, on your lunch break, or waiting for a friend. Have a think about how they resonate for you and your friends. Some common themes we noticed are preoccupations with physical spaces and architectural environments; an interest in the specificity of a place, or a sense of place, as a context perhaps for creative genesis; and, finally, the notion of identity and how spaces and places shape individual and collective identity.



Exhibition panel 1 - beside The J.M. Synge Lecture Theatre and nearest to The Lecky Library entrance

Exhibition panel 1a - niche at left corner of panel 1, beside The J.M. Synge Lecture Theatre

Exhibition panel 2 - beside The Jonathan Swift Lecture Theatre

Exhibition panel 3 - beside The Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre

Exhibition area 4 - at the Arts Building Cafe entrance from Fellows' Square.

Related news:

Margaret Corcoran's work was on display at the Arts Building Cafe entrance from November 2014 and has now been transferred to a special display in TRIARC (Trinity's Irish Art Research Centre, at the Provost's House Stables) to celebrate TRIARC's 15th anniversary.

We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to see a wider group of significant Irish and international artworks from the University Art Collections. 

Remember you can also download a Smartphone Tour of the Modern Art on Campus in English and in Irish

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Last updated 25 April 2018 (Email).