Great Famine-related artwork is coming home to Ireland

The world’s largest assortment of artwork referring to The Great Famine is occurring show in Ireland on a 12-month tour of Dublin, Cork and Derry. The exhibition, Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, comprises 50 artworks from a few of Ireland’s most outstanding artists, and will probably be unveiled by the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, on Wednesday 7 March at Dublin Castle.

James Mahony: The Consecration of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary’s, Pope’s Quay, Cork. c. 1842.. Image @Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University

The Great Famine was a catastrophe that hit Ireland in 1845, and it started with the failure of the potato crop. It induced the deaths of round 1,000,000 folks over the course of about six years and as much as 2.5 million extra left the nation. “An Gorta Mór (The Great Famine) was a defining moment in the history of modern Ireland and a turning point in the history of our people,” says President Higgins, within the preface to the exhibition catalogue. “Today we are fortunate to have a great body of scholarship that adds to our understanding of that tragic chapter of our history and provides us with material for reflection, understanding, and, indeed, resolution.”

Lilian Lucy Davidson: Gorta (often known as Burying the Child). Image:  © The Estate of Lilian Lucy Davidson

The 50 artworks are coming from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. They embrace work by Jack B. Yeats, Dorothy Cross, Paul Henry, William Crozier, John Behan, Brian Maguire, Rowan Gillespie, Micheal Farrell, Hughie O’Donoghue and Alanna O’Kelly. A brand new portray by Robert Ballagh will even be unveiled.

Micheal Farrell: Black ’47. Image: © The Estate of Micheal Farrell

To mark the gathering’s homecoming, a programme of occasions has been designed that features youngsters’s workshops, panel discussions and literary and music occasions. A specifically commissioned movie for younger folks, The Hunger Times, will even be launched as a part of the programme.

William Crozier: Rainbow’s End. Image: © Estate of William Crozier

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger will open to the general public from Thursday eight March till June at The Coach House at Dublin Castle, and can transfer to Uilinn West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen between July and October. Finally, in 2019, will probably be on show at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Derry. For additional info, see right here.

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