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Visual Arts Initiative

DCU Visual Arts

Pablo Picasso once stated, “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”.  We believe that art in all its forms enriches the student experience and develops the rounded individual.

The DCU Art Gallery will be a new attractive space on the DCU campus to exhibit DCU’s growing art collection, serving as the only dedicated art gallery in the North Dublin region.  The new Gallery will exhibit both digital and traditional forms of art, which have been gifted to or purchased by the University. It will also be a venue for hosting the traveling collections and pieces on loan, which will augment a permanent DCU collection.

The DCU collection includes 300 art pieces displayed on campus, with significant pieces including the 1911 Memorial by Michelle Rogers, a six-panel painting on loan from Mason, Hayes & Curran, which is located in the School of Law and Government. AIB has provided a large collection of artwork on loan, which is on display in both the library and the Helix. This collection includes a significant piece, Knock-a-Lough, by Irish artist Brian Bourke.

The new Art Gallery will enable us to expand and broaden our range of collections and allow us to host important exhibitions, establishing the DCU campus as the main arts venue in the North Dublin area.


Project Team

Meet the Team
Dr. Declan Raftery
Dr. Declan Raftery is the University’s first Chief Operations Officer. He completed a B.Sc. in Analytical Science at Dublin City University in 1992, a PhD on The 'Cure Chemistry of Industrial Sealants' in 1996 and an MBA in 2002.

He has undertaken various research positions in Australia and at DCU, including Business Development Manager in DCU’s Biomedical and Environmental Sensor Technology Research Centre, Centre Manager for the National Centre for Sensor Research and Director of Research Services for DCU. He is a member of the DCU Governing Authority and is active on a number of external boards including the Board of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).

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