AAI Main Board meeting 12th May 2010
The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin, opened the meeting of the Art and Architecture of Ireland Main Board on May 12th 2010.
The Main Board comprises representatives of all the major Irish cultural institutions and will be meeting annually during the project to review progress.
The Art and Architecture of Ireland is a major, innovative scholarly project of national and international importance. No work on this scale – a comprehensive, fully illustrated account of Irish art and architecture from the earliest times to 2000 - has ever been attempted before.
The work of research and writing for the project is well under way. More than twenty scholars are currently engaged on the project, almost 200 expert contributors have agreed to write specialised entries, and over 30,000 words are already completed and with the copy editor. Illustrations are being sourced and copyright permissions obtained.
The Editors of the five volumes come from TCD, UCD, IMMA, the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork and the University of Pittsburgh, USA. The General Editor, Andrew Carpenter, is a Professor Emeritus of UCD and a member of the RIA.
There is an Advisory Board for each volume made up of top international and national experts in all aspects of the art and architecture of Ireland. These experts come from all major universities throughout the island of Ireland (including Ulster) and from Britain, from the NCAD, from the National Museum, the National Gallery and from many other institutions and organisations concerned with the art and architecture of Ireland.
Each volume will contain around 600 pages. Yale University Press (with the support of the Paul Mellon Centre in London) is to publish the five volumes in 2014 and the electronic version will be published shortly therafter.
The RIA is proud to be sponsoring this project which is being financially supported by the Naughton Trust as well as by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Welcome Reception for the Board in the Academy's Members' Room
Mrs Carmel Naughton, MRIA and Minister Mary Hanafin
Professor Anne Crookshank chats to Minister Mary Hanafin
L-R: Professor Andrew Carpenter, MRIA, Minister Mary Hanafin, Professor James Slevin, MRIA and Anita Griffin
Professor Nicholas Canny, PRIA
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin
Meeting of the Board