The art of 1916

Edmond Delrenne, Sackville Street in Ruins with the Irish Republic Flag over the GPO, 1916

Edmond Delrenne, Sackville Street in Ruins with the Irish Republic Flag over the GPO, 1916

THE ULSTER Protestant who rejected unionism in favour of Irish nationalism, and how Irish artists have interpreted the Easter Rising and WWI, will be the subject of public talks at the Galway City Museum.

The talks take place on On Saturday November 26. The first is at 11.30am, where artist Alice Maher will discuss the museum’s exhibition 1916: Ireland in Contemporary Art, and her own contribution, a scrimshaw engraving on an ostrich egg commemorating writer and human rights activist Alice Milligan (1866–1953 ), a northern Protestant who rejected unionist politics, who was a friend and colleague of many leading figures in the Irish Revival, but is now overlooked.

At 2pm, Dr Marie Bourke, former Keeper and Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland, will discuss how artists have interpreted the Easter Rising and WWI in paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. This illustrated talk will feature images sourced from a wide range of private and public collections.

Both talks are free of charge but places are limited. To book call the museum on 091 - 532460.

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