Director of the Douglas Hyde Gallery

The Douglas Hyde Gallery

Status: 5 Year Full Time Fixed Term Contract
Closing Date: Monday November 21st, 5pm GMT


The Board of the Douglas Hyde Gallery invites applications from suitable candidates for the position of Director, which will become vacant at the end of 2016. The Douglas Hyde Gallery, established in 1978, is an independent organisation situated in Trinity College, Dublin. Its main funders are Trinity College and the The Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. The Gallery plays a significant role in Irish cultural life, and the quality of the exhibition programme is recognized in the international art world.

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is entering a new era and it is essential that a new Director will bring their own distinctive ideas, leadership, and strong curatorial voice to the post. The Director will be expected to develop a vision for the role of the institution in both the local and international arts world and deliver an artistic programme that furthers the Gallery’s significant international reputation in the visual arts.

The successful candidate will have relevant qualifications in visual arts and considerable curatorial experience in a comparable gallery or museum. S/he will have knowledge of current debates in international curatorial practice. The successful candidate will have the leadership, the drive, and the strategic management capabilities to build on the Gallery’s success to date. S/he will be expected to expand the Gallery’s programme and and to develop a strong public engagement practice. Expertise in financial management and the ability to engage in fundraising activities with both public and private funding sources will be essential. S/he will have excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop effective partnerships nationally and internationally.

The main responsibilities of the post are as follows:

  • Developing a vision for the Gallery.
  • Curating and delivering the artistic programme.
  • Managing the Gallery to ensure the needs and expectations of its major stakeholders (Trinity College Dublin and The Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon) are addressed, and that the Gallery’s legal obligations are met.
  • Securing income for the Gallery through philanthropic fundraising, research grants, commercial engagement, and other types of funding applications.
  • Actively promoting the Gallery and expanding its audiences through enhancing its public profile, both within the university and the broader arts community.
  • Developing a comprehensive programme of public engagement.
  • Creating, building, and maintaining collaborations with colleagues, galleries, and institutions in Ireland and abroad.
  • Representing the Gallery as its ambassador.
  • Managing the Gallery staff and volunteers.
  • Managing the Gallery finances.
  • Working with the Board to deliver on agreed goals for the Gallery.

Application procedure: Candidates should submit applications by email only to

Applications should include the following:

  1. A cover letter
  2. A CV
  3. A maximum of three A4 pages describing your vision for the Douglas Hyde Gallery
  4. A maximum of two A4 pages describing your track record or setting out your approach to fund­raising and income generation
  5. Names and contact details of three referees - referees will only be contacted if the candidate is shortlisted

The Selection Process

Applications failing to include all above elements will be deemed ineligible. All applications will be acknowledged by email. Short-listed candidates will be contacted to set up interviews in due course. The selection process will consist of interviews at which the candidate will be expected to deliver presentations as part of the process.

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