History of Irish Art

Supported by social, historical and contextual information, this short course will trace the history of Irish Art from c.4000 BC to the present day. From paintings to sculpture to manuscripts, the course covers a wide range of art forms and provides an introduction to Ireland’s rich history of visual art.

CLASS DATES: 12/19/26 November


COST: £100

Jenny Phelan achieved a BA in History of Art and Architecture, and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin, specialising in Irish Modern and Contemporary Art. She then completed an MA in Museum Studies from University College London. She has worked in a number of cultural institutions around the world including the National Gallery of Ireland, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Royal Academy of Art in London. For the past five years, Jenny has worked at the V & A, where she is Convenor of the adult course programme. 

Guest Speakers: Barbara Stanley from the Barbara Stanley Gallery of Irish Contemporary Art & Irish Artist Margaret Ega

WEEK1: TUESDAY 12 NOVEMBER, 7.00pm – 9.00pm Ancient and Celtic Art: Stone Age to Early Christian Ireland Vikings to the 18th Century: Stagnation and Rebirth 

WEEK 2: TUESDAY 19 NOVEMBER, 7.00pm – 9.00pm 19th Century: Irish Artists Emigrate 20th Century: Impressionism and Individuality 

SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER, 11.00am - 1.00pm: Gallery visit – Guided Tour of Irish Art at the Victoria & Albert Museum 

WEEK 3: TUESDAY 26 November 7.00pm – 9.00pm 21st Century to Now: Guest speakers Barbara Stanley & Irish Artist Margaret Egan 


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