Lunch is not included in the price delegates are free to use the café and garden or one of the other local eateries.
Dr Kathryn Milligan
Title: Metropolitan Lives: John Lavery (1856 – 1941) and Walter Osborne (1859 – 1903).
Abstract: The careers of John Lavery (1856 – 1941) and Walter Osborne (1859 – 1903) present two striking studies of professional artistic life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Tracing the trajectories of their careers, this lecture will examine the social, political and cultural contexts in which they worked, looking, for example, at themes of education, travel, professional and exhibition networks. It will consider the artists against the changing political circumstances in Ireland, while also situating their work in relation to ongoing developments in European art, emphasising how artists from and in Ireland contributed to this international scene.
Bio: Dr Kathryn Milligan is an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy. Her current research traces artistic and cultural connections between Ireland and Britain from the late nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century, mapping artistic networks and examining how these impacted on the development of art and artistic life in Ireland. Kathryn’s first monograph, “Painting Dublin, 1886 – 1949” will be published by Manchester University Press in 2021.
Gearoid Arthur Hayes
Title: “Walter Frederick Osborne: The Forgotten Portraits.”
Abstract: The name of Walter Frederick Osborne is today synonymous with the genre of landscape but at the time of his death he was regarded chiefly for his portraiture. This lecture will examine the development of his portrait practice, the influence of Old Masters and contemporaries on his portraits, and the evolution of the techniques and materials employed in their execution. It will also analyse, in terms of a technical approach, the symbiotic relationship between his landscape and portraiture.
Bio: Gearóid Arthur Hayes is an award-winning artist, painting instructor and art-historian. Born Limerick 1980, he attended Clongowes Wood College before reading Law and Business at University College Dublin. Intent on becoming an artist he travelled to Florence in 2003, first studying at the Accademia before gaining admittance to the atelier of Charles H Cecil where he was classically trained in painting and sculpture. After his tenure he settled in Dublin in the autumn of 2008 and began a portrait painting practice. In 2016 he completed a Diploma in European Painting (TCD) and in 2018 completed the Masters in Art and Ireland (TCD). The principal focus of his research is the work of Walter Frederick Osborne (1859-1903) and he is currently gathering material for a PhD on same. He has recently given lectures at the National Gallery of Ireland and the Royal Dublin Society.
Prof Kenneth McConkey
Bio: Kenneth McConkey was born in Belfast and educated at Hornsey College of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is Emeritus Professor of Art History at Northumbria University where he was Dean of Arts until his retirement in 2005. He is author of over 120 books, articles and exhibition catalogues including Edwardian Portraits, Images of an age of Opulence (1987); British Impressionism (1989); A Free Spirit – Irish Art, 1860-1960, (1990); Impressionism in Britain, (1995); Memory and Desire, British and Irish Art at the turn of the 20th Century, (2003); The New English, A History of the New English Art Club, (2006); John Lavery, A Painter and his World, (2010); George Clausen and the picture of English rural life, (2012). Latterly, in 2015, he catalogued Arthur Melville, Adventures in Colour, for the National Gallery of Scotland (with Charlotte Topsfield), and contributed ‘Landelijk Naturalisme in de Schilderkunst van de Glasgow School’, to The Glasgow Boys, Schots Impressionisme 1880-1900, at Drentsmuseum, Holland.
Bio: Dr Róisín Kennedy is Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin. Her research focuses on modern Irish art and its contexts. She is former Yeats Curator at the National Gallery of Ireland (2006-08) where she curated the exhibition Fantastic in Irish Art and Masquerade and Spectacle: The Travelling Fair in the Work of Jack B. Yeats. She co-edited Nobody’s Business, The Aran Diaries of Ernie O’Malley (2017), Harry Clarke and Artistic Visions of the New Irish State (2018) and Censoring Art. Silencing the Artwork (2018). Her monograph on the reception of modernist art in Ireland is due to be published by Liverpool University Press in 2020. She is currently co-editing a new edition of Sources on Irish Art for Cork University Press.
Those wishing to support the exhibition, as well as partake in a luxurious event, may wish to purchase a ticket to our Gala Dinner on 30 May here at the Hunt Museum. Further details, and bookings, may be found