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The Swing of the Sixties: Trinity's College Gallery

opens in its 4th and final venue at

The Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Exhibition runs from Friday 25th November to 7th January 2017

Presented in association with Lismore Castle Arts and The Trinity College Dublin Art Collections

VENUE: Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire.

Free entry - All welcome


There are so many events to choose from but we would like to highlight two in particular:


Wednesday 30th November, 6.30 pm - 8 pm, All welcome, free event, no booking necessary (Venue: Trinity College Dublin)

Please note this is the only event which takes place at Trinity College Dublin, in The Arts Building, Synge Theatre (most convenient access is from the Nassau Street entrance)

Irish artist, Robert Ballagh, will discuss how 1960s Pop Culture influenced his career and his transition from guitarist to visual artist! Dr. Brenda Moore McCann, Art Historian, will host the event on behalf of The Art Collections at Trinity College Dublin


Thursday 8th December, 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm(Venue: The Lexicon Library's Municipal Gallery, Dún Laoghaire)

All welcome, free event, no booking necessary

Don't miss the last opportunity to hear the Richard Wood's ebullient walk and talk tour of the artworks he selected to evoke the great energy sparked by direct engagement with modern art encountered in the 1960s by the first groups of students involved in the now legendary 'College Gallery picture hire scheme' at Trinity College. Listen to stories of how he influenced the acquisition of our Roy Lichtenstein banner, and the real story behind how we have a work by Carlos Cruz-Diez!

More wonderful events available here http:/

The exhibition continues until Saturday 7 January 2017

Monday-Thursday: 10am – 8pmFriday & Saturday10am – 5pm; CHRISTMAS/ NEW YEAR: Please check dlr LexIcon main website for opening hours over this period


Special thanks for the warm welcome and great opportunity to 

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in particular, Carolyn Brown and Máire Davey and all the team at The dlr Arts Office and dlr LexIcon.

We also wish to thank William Burlington, Eamonn Maxwell, and the team at Lismore Castle Arts for the original invitation to create this exhibition as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations which happily coincided with the 55th anniversary of our Modern Art Collections and initiatives at Trinity College Dublin. Finally, heartfelt thanks to our invited Guest Curator, Richard Wood, longtime supporter of Lismore Castle Arts, our University, and, in particular, the Art Collections. 

This exhibition aims, in part, to honour his support and enthusiasm and all those students, staff and friends who have long promoted, and continue to advocate, the value of direct engagement with visual arts practice, within and beyond gallery walls. 

We look forward to you visiting the exhibition and enjoying the programme of events. Do pick up a complimentary exhibition pamphlet at the gallery. 

Please encourage your friends, and, in particular, students from primary, secondary, and our neighbouring third level institutions, to come and enjoy the exhibition and events. 

Please find full details on the exhibition here below

The Swing of the Sixties: Trinity’s College Gallery

Curated by Richard Wood, this touring exhibition features key 20th century Irish and international works chosen from the Art Collections of Trinity College Dublin which have been developed over a period of four centuries.

The works on show at The Lexicon Library's Municipal Gallery in Dún Laoghaire are by artists such as Josef Albers, Karel Appel, Patrick Collins, Barrie Cooke, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Micheal Farrell, John Hoyland, Robert Indiana, Cecil King, Roy Lichtenstein, Nano Reid, Patrick Scott, William Scott, Peter Sedgley, Camille Souter and Victor Vasarely. The selected artworks represent a pivotal time in the development of modern and contemporary artistic practice in Ireland.

In the 1960s, urban and abstract subjects were taking hold. Bold styles and techniques resulted, such as hard-edge Minimalism and silkscreen printing, Op, Pop and Kinetic art, reflecting pervasive social changes. Student imaginations were captured and the University’s Modern Art collection was firmly established.

Richard Wood is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where, during the 1960s, he was a Student Volunteer on ‘The College Gallery’ Picture Hire Scheme, founded by Genetics Professor George Dawson (1927-2004). This scheme enables students and staff, with residential rooms or offices on campus, to borrow artworks from the Modern Collection. In 2015, to celebrate 55 years of this scheme, Lismore Castle Arts invited Wood and Trinity College Dublin to create an exhibition that evoked the great energy sparked by direct engagement with modern art encountered by these first groups of students. Trinity College Dublin continues to acquire art of the moment, in the moment, and the Picture Hire Scheme is just one of many ways to experience visual art at the University today.

The exhibition has already welcomed over 28,000 visitors since its original inception in 2015 at Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford, and its first two touring venues at The Glebe House and Gallery, Co. Donegal and Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda. Co. Louth. Don't miss this opportunity to see the exhibition in its last venue at the Lexicon Library's Municipal Gallery, Dún Laoghaire.

Further information is also available from the dlr LexIcon website here

What the papers have said about the exhibition -

Sunday Times, Culture Magazine, Exhibition Review by Cristín Leach Hughes, 19 April 2015

Irish Independent, Entertainment - Theatre and Arts section, Exhibition Review, 19 April 2015

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Last updated 9 May 2018 (Email).