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Visual Art: The Mime, the Model and the Dupe at The Douglas Hyde Gallery (audio described tour)

31 Jul 2019 (Past)

The Douglas Hyde Gallery

Audio described tour of The Mime, the Model and the Dupe an exhibition by Valérie Blass

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is pleased to announce that Aideen Quirke, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions will lead an audio described tour of the current exhibition; The Mime, the Model and the Dupe by Valérie Blass. Focusing on colour, shape, materials and texture, Quirke will give a detailed and vivid description of selected artworks in the exhibition. This tour is useful for anyone who is blind, visually impaired or experiencing difficulties with their vision.

About Valérie Blass
For her first exhibition in Ireland, the Montreal-based artist brings together a selection of works from the past six years. More than half the works are sculptures, the rest are photomontages that depict hybrid human forms in motion. The sculptures too seem poised for movement; on their way somewhere and full of vitality in their gestures and poses. Blass’ materials come as much from the street, antique shops, flea markets or the aisles of hardware stores, as from traditional studio processes of casting and moulding. As a result of years of working in stage and set design, Blass is skilled at creating imitation surfaces, cleverly replicating precious materials with everyday objects. The element of surprise is central; in her work nothing is as it first appears.

About the Douglas Hyde Gallery
The Douglas Hyde Gallery was co-founded by the Arts Council and Trinity College in 1978 as Ireland’s first publicly funded gallery for contemporary art. As an artist-centred space, with dedicated curatorial direction, we aim to be catalysts for the creation of art, providing commissioning and production support. We prioritise the role of the artist within society and see contemporary art as a space to engage with our world, linking art, critical discourse and research.

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is situated on the campus of Trinity College, the University of Dublin. The entrance door into the space is on the left of the Nassau Street Gate into the campus. The front door is on first floor level and leads visitors to the reception desk and bookshop. A cantilevered staircase with 16 steps descends to the ground floor of Gallery 1. There are three steps or a ramp access to a lower level and Gallery 2.

There is a lift to the lower floors in the Arts Building of Trinity College. Toilets and baby changing rooms are also available in this area. Our Gallery Assistants will lead visitors to these facilities on request. If you have any questions, worries or suggestions about accessibility at the gallery, please do talk to one of our Gallery Assistants who will be able to help you.

Contact Details
Rachel McIntyre
Assistant Curator of Learning and Engagement
The Douglas Hyde Gallery
Trinity College
Nassau Street
Dublin 2

+ 353 (0)1 896 1116

The Mime, the Model and the Dupe by Valérie Blass

More than half the works are sculptures, the rest are photomontages that depict hybrid human forms in motion


Aideen Quirke
Audio Description
The Douglas Hyde Gallery
Valérie Blass