Barbara Dawson is Director of the Hugh Lane Gallery which was founded by Sir Hugh Lane in 1908. She has overseen the transition of the city gallery into a leading cultural institution in Dublin. The gallery is committed to enhancing its collections, organising diverse and challenging exhibitions and to building on its dynamic and inclusive learning programmes, working both in house and within the communities. In 1998, she secured the gift of Francis Bacon’s Studio and Archive and relocated it from London to Dublin where it opened to the public in 2001. A lead supporter of Irish art practice, the gallery’s policy is to showcase contemporary Irish art alongside that of its international peers. In 2014, she was appointed Adjunct Professor of The School of Art History and Critical Policy at University College Dublin and is a member of the Trinity Long Room Hub Institute Board. She was also appointed a Creative Fellow of the UCD College of Arts and Humanities in 2019.
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