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Contemporary Irish Art | Then & Now


Thursday, March 30, 2023, 18:00 - 20:00


Wilton Gallery, Sandycove


€15, booking essential

The Wilton Gallery invites you to a talk with Catherine Marshall and Yvonne Scott

Contemporary Art in Ireland | Then & Now, a talk by acclaimed scholars Marshall and Scott, will take place in the intimate surroundings of the Wilton Gallery and will be followed by a Q & A session chaired by Dr Brenda Moore-McCann. The talk arises out of Marshall and Scott's recent publication titled: Irish Art 1920-2020: perspectives on change (Royal Irish Academy).

Catherine Marshall (Speaker) is a curator and art historian. She lectured in art history at Trinity College Dublin, the National College of Art and Design and University College Dublin. As founding head of collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, she curated exhibitions of outsider art from the Musgrave Kinley Collection; exhibitions of Irish art in China, USA and the UK and throughout Ireland with the IMMA National Programme; and was curator to the Engagement project, which brought together artists from from widely differing mainstream practices in the Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent in Callan, for a series of exhibitions during 2013–21. Marshall co-edited Art and architecture of Ireland, vol. 5, Twentieth century (2014) and Janet Mullarney (2019). She is an active member of Na Cailleacha (Na In 2019 she was recipient of the first honorary doctorate in the History of Art from University College Dublin. 

Yvonne Scott (Speaker) is a fellow emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. She was the founding director of TRIARC (Trinity College Irish Art Research Centre), and an associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture there. Her research focuses particularly on modern and contemporary art, specialising in the representation of landscape, nature, and environment; she has published extensively in the field. Scott has hosted numerous symposia on themes such as eco-criticism, including ‘In this brief time: art, environment and ecology’, and convened the visual art section of the Art in the Anthropocene conference at Trinity College Dublin, June 2019. She has served on several boards in the university, as well as in public art institutions and galleries. She was chair of the advisory board for, and contributor to, Art and architecture of Ireland, vol. 5, Twentieth century (2014), and to Modern Ireland in 100 artworks (2016).

Dr Brenda Moore-McCann (Chair) is a medical doctor, art historian and writer. She received her M.B. at University College Dublin and was medical director of a non-governmental agency, Family Planning Services, before taking a diploma in the History of European Painting at Trinity College Dublin, followed by a B.A. (Mod) in Art History and Classical Civilisation. Her research into the themes of language, perception and identity in the art of the physician, artist, critic and novelist Brian O’Doherty (a.k.a Patrick Ireland) was supported by a Government of Ireland Research Fellowship. Moore-McCann received her PhD at Trinity College Dublin in 2002 and authored Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland: Between categories (Lund Humphries, 2009), the first monograph on O'Doherty. She served on the programme board of the Royal Hibernian Academy and the art committee at St. James’s Hospital for many years, and was on the advisory committee of the Open Window Project in the Transplant Unit there, which brought virtual art to the patient’s bedside. She developed the Medical Humanities module, See—Don’t Just Look: Perception in Medicine and Art in 2008, which interweaves art and medical imagery for first-year medical students.

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