Exhibit A: William Scott
Where would you expect to find this limited edition print by William Scott hanging? Above the fireplace of a Georgian pile in the country? A bank's head office? Actually, you are more likely to find it gracing the walls of a student's room in Trinity College.
This valuable piece of art is part of Trinity's College Gallery and, in a wonderful and quite unique scheme, every year a selection of works from the College Collection is put on display and students with rooms on campus are invited to ballot for the pieces to display in their own rooms. Successful applicants pay a small hire fee as both deposit and for an amount to be reinvested into expanding the Gallery.
Started almost 60 years ago, this was the idea of scientist George Dawson. The Trinity College Trust, supported by Trinity's alumni, provided the initial £100 to purchase 27 reproductions of international masters. It quickly progressed to include paintings, drawings and original prints by major Irish and international artists.
There are now more than 100 artworks made available for selection each year and the world-class collection features works by such important artists of the late 20th century as Roy Lichtenstein, Patrick Scott, Barrie Cooke, Nano Reid, Peter Sedgley and Victor Vasarely.
Non-Trinity students are now able to appreciate the treasures without requiring an invitation up to rooms for a plate of spag bol. Trinity College Gallery: The Swing of the Sixties is a special exhibition of selected works on display in Lismore Castle Arts (lismorecastlearts.ie) until June.