The Hugh Lane's pivotal role in Ireland's cultural life has recently gained world wide recognition with the acquisition of the entire contents of Francis Bacon's Reece Mews Studio, from Bacon's sole heir John Edwards. The reconstructed studio, which opened to the public on 23 May 2001, provides invaluable insight into the artist's life, inspirations, unusual techniques and working methods. Never before has an artist's studio been so thoroughly catalogued and reconstructed to mirror its original state. As well as a diverse and stimulating exhibitions programme, the Gallery's wide range of activities both within and outside the Gallery continues. A lively education and outreach programme has forged strong links with local school and community groups wi th activities ranging from Kids Club workshops, adult education courses and the ever-popular Sunday lecture series.