Meet the Gallerist: Denise Donnelly of the Doorway Gallery

The owner of the Doorway Gallery in Dublin was determined to alter the general image of art galleries as elitist and pretentious

Denise Donnelly, owner of the Doorway Gallery: ‘I wanted to change the way galleries are perceived.’ Picture: Bryan Meade

What (and when) kick-started your interest in art?

I grew up in the art world, surrounded by my whole family, so I was always immersed in it. As a child, I was discouraged to be involved with art, because of how difficult it had been for my mother as an artist. Our means were always very tight. At that time, being an artist was more commonly viewed as a hobby, than an actual career.

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