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“Give up Paris… Go to the Aran Islands, live there as if your were one of the people themselves, express a life that has never found expression”

WB Yeats: The Well of the Saints, 1905


Our exhibition A Wild Atlantic Way runs until October 3rd, 2021

Four very distinguished lecturers will give their insights into the artists, the works and the social history represented in our Summer Exhibition. Join them in person or online to learn more about the influences and influence of art for what became The Wild Atlantic Way. 

Reserve your place in person or online using the booking form below for the lunchtime or the evening lectures or both.  


Thursday 16th: 

Lunchtime: 1-2pm Marie Bourke: The Lure of the West for Artists Looking at the enduring appeal of the West of Ireland. 

Evening: 7-8pm Róisín Kennedy: The West of Ireland and Irish Identity

How imagery of the West of Ireland was used to project a distinctive image of the Irish people and their homeland. 


Thursday 23rd: 
Evening: 7-8pm Donal Maguire: Shaping the Wild – FREE – reserve your place via Eventbrite below.





(Dr) Marie Bourke is a cultural historian, and formerly Keeper-Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland. Author of The Story of Irish Museums 1790-2000 (Cork University Press, 2011,2013) and West of Ireland Paintings at the National Gallery of Ireland (2014), she curated the NGI’s exhibition, Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art (2017-18). On the board of several organisations, currently the National Library of Ireland, she is vice-chair of the RDS Arts Committee and, Irish representative to the European Museum Academy.



Róisín Kennedy is Lecturer in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin and former Yeats Curator at the National Gallery of Ireland.  She writes and lectures widely on  modern Irish art.  Her monograph, Art and the Nation State. The Reception of Modern Art in Ireland was recently published by Liverpool University Press. She is co-editor of the forthcoming Sources in Irish Art 2. A Reader which will be published by Cork University Press later this year.



Donal Maguire began his career as an artist having studied painting and art history at the National College of Art and Design before completing his MPhil in art history at Trinity College and moving towards curation. He is currently Curator of the National Gallery of Ireland’s ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, one of the world’s leading centres for the preservation of, and access to, Irish art research collections. His own research interests are in modern and contemporary Irish art; art and ecology; the Irish diaspora; and collection management. He has published and lectured widely at a national and European level and is a contributor to the RIA Art and Architecture of Ireland. He has curated numerous exhibitions including ‘Jack B. Yeats, The Sketchbooks’ (2013); ‘Aftermath, The War Landscapes of William Orpen’ (2017);  ‘Markievicz: Portraits and Propaganda’ (2018); ‘Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art’ (2020); Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory (2021). He has a strong interest in the role of research in art practice and has commissioned new artworks by artists including Sarah Pierce, Garrett Phelan and Amanda Coogan.







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