‘What if’ Roger Casement had been acquitted?

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

2016 Programme “Artist as Witness” launches


Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane’s programme of exhibitions for 2016, “Artist as Witness”, will be launched at the Gallery today, Wednesday, 20th January, 2016 at 11am, by Councillor Daithí Doolan, deputising for an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh.  

The Programme presents a diverse series of exhibitions, from painting to installation, with each exhibition providing a unique voice – illuminating the relevant role the artist plays as a witness in society.

“Dublin City Council is excited to be launching the Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane “Artist as Witness” exhibitions programme, which forms part of the City Council 1916 Dublin Remembers commemorations programme” said Councillor Daithí Doolan.  “The exhibitions are free and varied, with something for everybody, and the supporting education programme will reach out to new and existing audiences, making art and the gallery accessible to all.  I would urge you to visit the gallery during 2016” 

Roger Casement:

Opening during the 2016 Easter celebrations Sir John Lavery’s monumental painting High Treason: The Appeal of Roger Casement, The Court of Criminal Appeal, 17 and 18 July 1916 moves from Kings Inns, where it has been on display since 1951, to the Gallery for the ‘High Treason: Roger Casement’ exhibition. The painting depicts the last day of Roger Casement’s trial against the death sentence for treason.

Also included in the exhibition is a programme of talks by members of the legal profession, historians, human rights activists and curators who will add insight in Roger Casement’s life and legacy including discussions on the painting and the fascinating context in which it was painted.

Alan Phelan’s ‘Casement in Exile’ exhibition considers a ‘what if’ scenario exploring themes of betrayal and considers what might have happened had Casement been acquitted of high treason.

Bank of Ireland is sponsoring both Roger Casement exhibitions.  Richie Boucher, CEO, Bank of Ireland said: “Bank of Ireland is delighted to support the Hugh Lane Gallery’s Roger Casement exhibition, part of the ‘Artist as Witness” programme – a fitting commemoration during this centenary year. As the oldest bank in continuous operation in this country, founded in 1783, Bank of Ireland has a long heritage supporting significant cultural endeavours and we are delighted to facilitate Barbara Dawson and her team at the Huge Lane Gallery in delivering this unique exhibition.”

Irish artist Jesse Jones’ NO MORE FUN AND GAMES exhibition will transform the gallery space into a cinematic experience through sound and architectural intervention. In her installation, Jesse Jones will turn our attention to feminism in Ireland, exploring how individuals share, understand or experience collective memory.

“Revisions” by Julie Merriman, came about from the artist’s interaction with City Council engineers, architects and staff that draw or use drawings as part of their work.   Julie works through typewriter carbon film and carbon paper, layering images to create new expressive forms from the original archival material.

Liam Gillick invites the visitor to his exhibition in to a space of self examination and reflection on the function of a museum.  Two bodies of work combine, one providing a moment for self-reflection while the other acts as a repellent.

Sven Augustijnen “The Arms of Freedom” exhibition ends or 2016 programme.  This new storyboard installation evokes how both weapons and journalism have been entangled in the fabric of our histories.  His internationally acclaimed film Spectres, interrogates the legacy of Belgium’s colonisation of the Congo, will be screened in the IFI as part of the exhibition.

The education programme will delve deeper into, respond to and provide access points into our exhibitions, the Gallery’s Collection and its unique position as a modern and contemporary art institution in Dublin city.   Through talks, workshops, lectures and film screenings, we hope to ignite a passion in art and continue our role as an inclusive and living institution for existing and new audiences. 

Barbara Dawson, Gallery Director said “Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane is delighted to present this diverse programme of exhibitions that focus not only on commemorating events of 1916, but allow for reflection on other periods of Irish history and the contemporary.  The exhibition programme, and supporting education programme, will offer something for everybody and we look forward to welcoming local communities, workers, residents and visitors to the Gallery during 2016.   Finally, we are delighted to have Bank of Ireland as sponsors of our Roger Casement exhibitions and we look forward to working with them throughout the year”.

The full Dublin City Council programme 1916 – Dublin Remembers, can be found here  http://www.dublincity.ie/decadeofcommemorations

Further information on the Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane programme for 2016 can be found here  http://www.hughlane.ie/forthcoming/1425-2016-exhibition-programme




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Notes to the Editor:


Highlights of the 1916/2016 Commemorations Programme of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane


High Treason: Roger Casement

10th March – 2nd October 2016

The centrepiece of this exhibition is John Lavery’s monumental painting, High Treason: The Appeal of Roger Casement (1916), which depicts the Appeal trial which followed the conviction of Sir Roger Casement for treason in July 1916. The painting is on long term loan to The Honorable Society of King’s Inns from the British Government’s Art Collection and this exhibition provides a rare opportunity for the public to see the painting.

Portraits of key personalities involved in the Trial and Appeal will hang alongside Lavery’s painting including works drawn from the Hugh Lane’s own collection loans from the National Portrait Gallery, London and the National Gallery of Ireland?.


Alan Phelan: Casement in Exile

10th March – 2nd October 2016      

Roger Casement has continued to exert a fascination on contemporary artists. This is the first exhibition of Alan Phelan’s film, Casement in Exile, which imagines a ‘what if’ scenario - what might have happened had Casement been acquitted and moved to Norway for the rest of his life?


Liam Gillick: What’s What in a Mirror

28th April – 25th September 2016

Stirring up a hornets’ nest artist Liam Gillick furnishes the Hugh Lane gallery with mirrors and writing desks for reflection and self-examination.

Accompanying the desks and nests is a modest book that focuses on the question of working alone and working together.



Sven Augustijnen

8th September 2016 – 22nd January 2017

The Arms of Freedom is a new storyboard installation by Belgian artist Sven Augustijnen for the Hugh Lane 2016 programme.

Belgian artist Sven Augustijnen explores weapons and journalism and how the FAL rifles produced in Belgian are entangled in the fabric of history.

The right arm for the free world – nickname for the Belgian Light Automatic Riffle (FAL) During the Cold War the FAL rifle was the most distributed weapon in non communist countries, and therefore named the “right arm of the free world”.

Archive footage of the British Troops Arrival in Northern Ireland.

FAL rifles were used (amongst others) by the British troops around the world in various conflicts, but also close by in Northern Ireland.

The installation consists of a display of Life magazines and RTE archival material that evokes how both weapons and journalism have been entangled in the fabric of our histories.

Debate and dialogue, as vehicles for embodied social memory and symbolic experience, play a key role in Sven Augustijnen’s practice.

Fictions, rumours, personal comments and vague remarks are all inseparable from the forms of living memory in the work of Sven Augustijnen.

Beyond Tradition: Michael Kane

6th October 2016 – 8th January 2017

Celebrating established Irish artists who have created significant bodies of work and who enjoy critical acclaim and recognition among their peers.

Beyond Tradition is the first of a series of exhibitions that pays tribute to artist’s valuable and distinguished contribution to the arts.

The exhibition will showcase Kane’s mature artistic style which, over prolific period of five decades, has fully developed into a unique and personal visual language.