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SurprEYES! was an exhibition of nearly 50 works from the collection of the Arts Council. Martin Drury, the curator of the exhibition took great care to present the artworks in a playful way that asks you to look at the work with the curiosity of a child. The Arts Council began collecting artworks in 1962 as a way of directly supporting artists. It continues to collect today and loans works to public spaces such as galleries, libraries, schools and hospitals.

There was a varied range of artworks in this exhibition – paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. Artworks by over 30 artists feature in the show included Louis Le Brocquy, Elizabeth Magill, Gary Coyle, Alice Maher and many more.

Free talks, tours and workshops were available as part of the Gallery Learning Programme.