At 11.30am, Alice Maher, one of Ireland’s most respected and influential artists, will discuss the museum's exhibition 1916: Ireland in Contemporary Art and her own contribution, a scrimshaw engraving on an ostrich egg commemorating writer, theatre producer and human rights activist Alice Milligan (1866–1953). Overlooked in the Irish nationalist story, Milligan was a northern protestant who rejected unionist politics and was a friend and colleague of many leading figures in the Irish revival and advanced politics.
Then, at 2pm, Dr. Marie Bourke, former Keeper and Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland, will discuss how various artists have interpreted the Easter Rising and Great War in paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Focusing on the fascinating and turbulent period 1900-1916, the 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. For further information or to make a booking please call the museum on (091) 532460.