Courses and Lectures

Upcoming Courses

The Renaissance in Venice

(Two Classes: Tuesday or Wednesday)

This ten-week course will explore perhaps the most significant period in the history of Western Art, the Italian Renaissance. The focus will be on the Venice, a city republic with control of important areas of mainland Italy as well as many Island. The city built on canals was a vital trading port uniquely positioned between the West and East of the known world. The city became a melting pot of artistic influences with a prosperous and stable economy that lead to considerable art production that reflected the specific concerns of the Venetians whose political system differed from elsewhere in Europe. Important writers, thinkers and leaders will be discussed as well as an attempt to uncover the experiences of the regular citizen outside the Vatican including women and the poorer classes. Artists to be discussed include Mantegna, Titian, Giorgione and the Bellini family. There will be one class held in the National Gallery to discuss the relevant artworks on display.

Class 1:

Dates: 10 Tuesdays – 11am to 1 pm

January 29

February 5, 12, 19, [No class on 26th]

March 5, 12, 19, 26

April 2, 9*

Locations:            

Weeks 1-9:       St Paul’s Parochial Hall, 31 Silchester Rd, Glenageary, Dun Laoghaire

Week 10*:       National Gallery of Ireland

Cost: €180 for 10 weeks

 

OR

Class 2:

Dates: 10 Wednesdays – 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

January 30

February 6, 13, 20, [No class on 27th]

March 6, 13, 20, 27

April 3, 10*

 Locations:            

Weeks 1-9:      Dun Laoghaire Area – TBC

Week 10*:       National Gallery of Ireland

Cost: €180 for 10 weeks

 

Payment options:

  1. Cheque by post.
  2. Bank Transfer. Please email me and I will send you the details.

Do let me know if neither of these options suit you.

 

Mid-20th Century Irish Women Artists

The story of women artist in Ireland in the middle of the 20th century is fascinating due to the divide between the establishment, represented by the predominately male academic realists and the various forms of modernism explored by most female artists. This course will look at these often brave and experimental artists and the ways in which they found a place in the increasingly conservative world of the Irish Free State. Artist to be discussed will include those both from Ireland and others who chose to live here, including Nano Reid, Norah McGuinness, Anne Madden and Gerda Frömel. A vast array of styles and mediums including painting, sculpture, stained glass and different areas of design will be explored. There will be two visits to galleries as part of this course to see some of these important works in person, one to the National Gallery of Ireland and the other to the Hugh Lane.

Dates: 10 Thursdays – 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

January 31

February [no class on 7th], 14, 21, 28

March 7, 14, 21*, 28

April 4, 11**

Locations:            

Weeks 1-6 & 9:           Blackrock Education Centre 

Week 7*:                     National Gallery of Ireland

Week 10**:                 Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin

Cost: €180 for 10 weeks

Payment options:

  1. Cheque by post.
  2. Bank Transfer.

Do let me know if neither of these options suit you.

 

Irish Art, 1900-1930

This course will provide an introduction to paintings produced by Irish artists at home and abroad from 1900 to 1930. A turbulent time in Irish history where art was sometimes used as propaganda for the various conflicting ideologies. It was also a time of great change in the art world due to the advent of modernism which in Ireland was led by women, an anomaly not found elsewhere in Europe at the time. This course will look at the modernists, the academic realists and those somewhere in between, examining their careers, influences and impact on the Irish art world and further afield. Artist to be discussed will include the Yeats sisters, Mary Swanzy, Mainie Jellet, Harry Clarke, Jack B.Yeats and William Orpen. There will be two visits to galleries as part of this course to see some of these important works in person, one to the National Gallery of Ireland and the other to the Hugh Lane.

 

Dates: 10 Thursdays: 2 to 4 pm

January 31

February 7, 14, 21, 28

March  7, 14, [no class 21], 28

April 4*, 11**

Locations:            

Weeks 1-8:      Malahide Parish Pastoral Centre 

Week 9*:         National Gallery of Ireland

Week 10**:     Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin

Cost: €180 for 10 weeks

Payment options:

  1. Cheque by post. Please note my new address:Rowan Cottage, Laragh East, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
  2. Bank Transfer. Please email me and I will send you the details.

Do let me know if neither of these options suit you.

 

UCD Adult Education Courses

European Women Artists, 1500 to 1800

SPRING AE-AN220

This course will discuss some of the often-overlooked women artists in Western European Art History from 1500 to 1800. It is unfortunate that women artists still need to be singled out in order to be recognised, however in doing so we can also examine the question “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” famously posed in a 1971 essay by American art historian Linda Nochlin. Some of the artists to be discussed are Italian painters including Sofonisba Anguissola at the Spanish Hapsburg court, the powerful follower of Caravaggio, Artemesia Gentileschi, the Grand Tour favourite Rosalba Carriera and the exquisite illusionism of the still life paintings by Clara Peeters.

Dates: 8 Fridays 10.00 to 12.00

January 25

February 1, 8, 15, 22

March 1, 8, 15*

Locations:            

Weeks 1-7:      Blackrock Education Centre 

Week 8*:         National Gallery of Ireland

Cost: €160 for 8 weeks

Booking though UCD only, see: https://www.ucd.ie/all/study/lifelonglearning2018-2019/

 

Hugh Lane Lecture Series 2019

Details to be finalised:

Lectures Series 1:

A Drama in Muslin: Dublin in Art

These illustrated talks explore fascinating inter-relationships between authors’ descriptions and artists’ representations of Dublin city and society.

Dates and Times: Fridays 22 and 29 March, 2-4pm [four lectures in total]

 

Lectures Series 2:

Artists’ Memoirs

These illustrated lectures will explore the vivid accounts of artist’s lives and careers through the medium of artists own writings.

Dates and Times: Thursdays 9 and 16 May, 2-4pm [four lectures in total]

N.B. I will forward the booking information for both above which will be through the Hugh Lane website closer to the time.

 

 

Upcoming Talks and Tours

Mary Swanzy Exhibition Tour – IMMA

Thursday December 6 at 2 pm

Booking essential, email me at jessfahy@gmail.com

Cost: €15 per person payable on the day.

Date in January TBC

 

Coffee conversations – Hugh Lane Gallery

Wednesdays at 11 am

5 December: William’s Orpen, Breezy Day Howth

19 December: Robert Ballagh, The Third of May – After Goya

23 January: Paul Henry, Lakeside Cottages

27 February: Walt Kuhn, Portrait of John Butler Yeats

Cost:  €5 and refreshments included. No booking required, although places are limited.

 

Public Lecture – Hugh Lane Gallery

The Formation of Irish Identity through Art

Sunday 10 March, 2pm:

 

Pop-Up Talks – National Gallery of Ireland

Fridays 1.25 pm

1 Febuary: Canaletto, The Grand Canal with Santa Maria della Salute looking East towards the Bacino

8 March: Rosalba Carriera’s Pastels

 

Free Public Tours: Hugh Lane Gallery

A guided tour of the highlights of the Gallery’s collection.

Sundays at 2pm

2 December

27 January

3 March

7 April

12 May

Cost: Free, no booking necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

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