History of Art: Irish Lecture Series

Header image by Cormac O’Leary

DATES – Tuesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd November 2021

VENUE: Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith W6 9DT

Course Programme:

WEEK 1: TUESDAY 2 NOVEMBER, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Early – Mid 19th Century
Late 19th Century

WEEK 2: TUESDAY 9 NOVEMBER, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Early 20th Century
Case Study: Jack B Yeats

WEEK 3: TUESDAY 16 NOVEMBER, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Mid Century Modern
Late 20th Century

WEEK 4: TUESDAY 23 November, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
21st Century to Now

Guest Speakers: Barbara Stanley, owner of The Barbara Stanley Gallery of Irish Contemporary Art & Irish artist, Cormac O’Leary

Tue 02 November 2021

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tickets: £100

The 19th and 20th centuries were a period of transition and transformation in the history of Irish art. Patronage was scarce in the early 19th century with many artists emigrating to London in search of better opportunities. Emigration continued late into the century with an increasing number of young Irish students heading to France to absorb the plein-air painting methods of the Impressionists. The emergence of an Irish State in the early 1920s led to a rise in Irish nationalist art. At the same time, however, a generation of more internationally minded Irish painters introduced Cubism and other abstract art forms to Ireland, significantly contributing to European modernism of the 20th century.

While the focus of this course is paintings, we will also discuss the emergence of art galleries and museums during this period, and other mediums such as sculpture, stained glass, and performance throughout.

Featured artists: Daniel Maclise, Walter Frederick Osborne, John Lavery, Harry Clarke, Seán Keating, Jack B Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, Eileen Gray, Michael Craig Martin and many more.


About Jenny Phelan: 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 seven years, Jenny has worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she manages the art history course programme.

About Cormac O’Leary: Cormac O’Leary was born in Cork city, Ireland in 1969. He studied fine art at Sligo RTC from 1987 to 1991. Since then he has exhibited his work widely in Ireland, the UK and America. His work is in many public collections including: AIB; Cork County Library Collection; UniCredito Italiano; IFSC; Crawford Municipal Art Collection, Cork; OPW; Office of Trade Enterprise and Employment; Stormont Govt. offices, Northern Ireland; Wellwoman Centre; IIC Bank; Nazareth House, Sligo; Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo; Leitrim County Council Art Collection and Royal Hospital, Donnybrook. Cormac’s work is also included in private collections in Ireland, UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, USA and Australia.


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Cost: £100 per person
Enrolment: online at www.irishculturalcentre.co.uk or in centre
Enquiries: [email protected]