Dublin’s Douglas Hyde Gallery Appoints Georgina Jackson Director

The Douglas Hyde Gallery, the first publicly funded gallery for contemporary art in Ireland, announced today that Georgina Jackson, the former director of exhibitions and programs at Mercer Union in Toronto, has been named its new director. She succeeds John Hutchinson, who stepped down after a twenty-five-year tenure, and will take up the post in May.

“I’m honored to be joining the Douglas Hyde Gallery and am looking forward to shaping its future,” Jackson said. “Its location within the leading research university in Ireland—and at the threshold between the university and the city—marks an important and exciting space for contemporary art. I look forward to working with the team, Trinity College and the wider arts communities to build on John Hutchinson's extraordinary legacy, and to shape the Douglas Hyde Gallery as an artist-centered space.”

Since she joined Mercer Union in 2013, Jackson led the nonprofit toward a renewed focus on the commissioning of work by emerging and established contemporary artists. She also organized projects and exhibitions with a range of artists, including Duane Linklater, Tiziana la Melia, Deanna Bowen, Liz Magic Laser, and Carlos Motta, and initiated partnerships with cultural organizations such as the Toronto International Film Festival; the David Roberts Art Foundation, London; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; and 80WSE Gallery, New York.

Previously, Jackson worked at the Dublin City Gallery, Irish Museum of Modern Art, and the Mattress Factory Art Museum in Pittsburgh. A graduate from Trinity College, she completed her Ph.D. in curatorial practice at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin, in 2012 and has taught in graduate programs at the National College of Art and Design, the Dublin Institute of Technology, and, most recently, the University of Toronto.