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Discussions inspired by the National Gallery of Ireland's collection and temporary exhibitions. The National Gallery of Ireland houses Ireland's national collection of Irish and European fine art, and is located in the heart of Dublin.

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Discussions inspired by the National Gallery of Ireland's collection and temporary exhibitions. The National Gallery of Ireland houses Ireland's national collection of Irish and European fine art, and is located in the heart of Dublin.

    Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic | Ruth Lyons in conversation from her studio in County Offaly

    Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic | Ruth Lyons in conversation from her studio in County Offaly

    Episode 6 of a new series of oral histories, led by Donal Maguire, curator of the Gallery's ESB CSIA, documenting some of the experiences and thoughts of artists living and working through the COVID-19 emergency.

    In this episode, artist Ruth Lyons discusses the development of Salarium, and other projects she has continued through the COVID-19 pandemic. This conversation was recorded on 19 June 2020.

    Born in Dublin, Ruth Lyons lives and works in County Offaly. She is a sculptor who works with a variety of natural and human-made materials. In 2019, works from her ongoing project Salarium were acquired by the National Gallery of Ireland, following their inclusion in the exhibition Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art.

    About Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic:
    Oral histories are a unique record of an individual’s personal thoughts and experiences. They are a valuable source of knowledge for researchers, providing insight and connection to a person’s life and character.

    The ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, at the National Gallery of Ireland, builds, cares for and makes available the national record of art in Ireland for public study and interpretation. Oral histories are a type of archival record and form an interesting part of the ESB CSIA’s collection. In recognizing the significant impact of COVID-19, the ESB CSIA is carrying out a series of short conversations with artists to document some of their experiences and thoughts of living and working through the pandemic.

    These conversations, led by Donal Maguire, Curator of the ESB CSIA, were recorded using technology that is conveniently available to the artist. The use of commonplace technologies for this project reflects the more general and increasing significance of these platforms for everyday communication.

    The ESB CSIA acknowledges the generosity of the artists for agreeing to talk about their life and work during this uncertain time.

    This oral history project has been generously supported by ESB, sponsor of the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art

    Photo: Frank Abruzzese

    • 30 min
    Reflecting on George Wallace's life

    Reflecting on George Wallace's life

    George Wallace (1920-2009) was an Irish-Canadian artist who specialised in printmaking and sculpture. Through powerful imagery he commented on everything from the boredom of suburban life to human vulnerability and ageing. At times humorous, and always insightful, these works are both personal and universal.

    In this podcast, the artist’s son Kit Wallace speaks to Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints and Drawings. Their conversation offers a fascinating insight into Wallace's life and how certain themes are manifested in his work. Anne and Kit also discuss the Wallace family’s generous gift, of over 250 prints and drawings, presented to the Gallery in 2016.

    This podcast was recorded in November 2020 to mark the exhibition George Wallace: Reflections on Life at the National Gallery of Ireland.

    Read more about the exhibition here: https://www.nationalgallery.ie/art-and-artists/exhibitions/george-wallace-reflections-life

    Image: George Wallace (1920 - 2009), Self-Portrait in Horn Rimmed Glasses, 1967. © Estate of George Wallace and CARCC, 2019. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    • 49 min
    Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic | Mairead O’hEocha in conversation from her studio in Dublin

    Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic | Mairead O’hEocha in conversation from her studio in Dublin

    Episode 5 of a new series of oral histories, led by Donal Maguire, curator of the Gallery's ESB CSIA, documenting some of the experiences and thoughts of artists living and working through the COVID-19 emergency.

    In this episode, artist Mairead O’hEocha discusses her current work and painting during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. This conversation was recorded on 22 May 2020.

    Born in Dublin, Mairead O’hEocha lives and works in Dublin’s city centre. She is a painter and tends to work in series, focusing often on sets of seemingly unremarkable and disparate subjects. These allow her to explore elements of form, colour, gesture and composition, while reflecting on deeper aspects of human nature.

    About Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic:
    Oral histories are a unique record of an individual’s personal thoughts and experiences. They are a valuable source of knowledge for researchers, providing insight and connection to a person’s life and character.

    The ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, at the National Gallery of Ireland, builds, cares for and makes available the national record of art in Ireland for public study and interpretation. Oral histories are a type of archival record and form an interesting part of the ESB CSIA’s collection. In recognizing the significant impact of COVID-19, the ESB CSIA is carrying out a series of short conversations with artists to document some of their experiences and thoughts of living and working through the pandemic.

    These conversations, led by Donal Maguire, Curator of the ESB CSIA, were recorded using technology that is conveniently available to the artist. The use of commonplace technologies for this project reflects the more general and increasing significance of these platforms for everyday communication.

    The ESB CSIA acknowledges the generosity of the artists for agreeing to talk about their life and work during this uncertain time.

    This oral history project has been generously supported by ESB, sponsor of the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art

    Photo: Sharon Blankson

    • 20 min
    Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic | Dorothy Cross in conversation from her home in Connemara

    Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic | Dorothy Cross in conversation from her home in Connemara

    Episode 4 of a new series of oral histories, led by Donal Maguire, curator of the Gallery's ESB CSIA, documenting some of the experiences and thoughts of artists living and working through the COVID-19 emergency.

    In episode 4, artist Dorothy Cross discusses her life in Connemara and her works Ghost Ship (1999), Shark Heart Submarine (2011), and Heartship (2019). This conversation was recorded on 15 May 2020.

    Born in Cork, Dorothy Cross lives and works in Connemara, County Galway. Over the past forty years she has developed a critically acclaimed, multidisciplinary art practice that combines elements of sculpture, installation, photography, video and drawing. Cross’s works explore relationships between living beings and the natural world.

    About Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic:
    Oral histories are a unique record of an individual’s personal thoughts and experiences. They are a valuable source of knowledge for researchers, providing insight and connection to a person’s life and character.

    The ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, at the National Gallery of Ireland, builds, cares for and makes available the national record of art in Ireland for public study and interpretation. Oral histories are a type of archival record and form an interesting part of the ESB CSIA’s collection. In recognizing the significant impact of COVID-19, the ESB CSIA is carrying out a series of short conversations with artists to document some of their experiences and thoughts of living and working through the pandemic.

    These conversations, led by Donal Maguire, Curator of the ESB CSIA, were recorded using technology that is conveniently available to the artist. The use of commonplace technologies for this project reflects the more general and increasing significance of these platforms for everyday communication.

    The ESB CSIA acknowledges the generosity of the artists for agreeing to talk about their life and work during this uncertain time.

    This oral history project has been generously supported by ESB, sponsor of the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art

    Image: Courtesy Kerlin Gallery. Photographer: Sue Flood

    • 25 min
    Bram Stoker Festival: Warmbloods tour of the National Gallery of Ireland

    Bram Stoker Festival: Warmbloods tour of the National Gallery of Ireland

    Warmbloods is a Bram Stoker Festival special edition of an ongoing series of comedy tours in the National Gallery.

    Warmbloods is written and performed by Underthings (Debbie Cheevers and Denny MacDermott) an improv/sketch duo from Dublin. They specialise in dark, domestic comedy and hard stares.

    Suitable for ages 12+

    • 26 min
    Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic | Kathy Prendergast in conversation from her home in London City

    Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic | Kathy Prendergast in conversation from her home in London City

    Episode 3 of a new series of oral histories, led by Donal Maguire, curator of the Gallery's ESB CSIA, documenting some of the experiences and thoughts of artists living and working through the COVID-19 emergency.

    In this episode, artist Kathy Prendergast talks about her life in London during the COVID-19 pandemic and aspects of her ongoing work. This conversation was recorded on 24 April 2020.

    Born in Dublin, Prendergast lives and works in London. Over the past four decades she has developed a sophisticated and critically acclaimed art practice across various disciplines including installation art, sculpture, drawing, photography and video.

    About Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic:
    Oral histories are a unique record of an individual’s personal thoughts and experiences. They are a valuable source of knowledge for researchers, providing insight and connection to a person’s life and character.

    The ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, at the National Gallery of Ireland, builds, cares for and makes available the national record of art in Ireland for public study and interpretation. Oral histories are a type of archival record and form an interesting part of the ESB CSIA’s collection. In recognizing the significant impact of COVID-19, the ESB CSIA is carrying out a series of short conversations with artists to document some of their experiences and thoughts of living and working through the pandemic.

    These conversations, led by Donal Maguire, Curator of the ESB CSIA, were recorded using technology that is conveniently available to the artist. The use of commonplace technologies for this project reflects the more general and increasing significance of these platforms for everyday communication.

    The ESB CSIA acknowledges the generosity of the artists for agreeing to talk about their life and work during this uncertain time.

    This oral history project has been generously supported by ESB, sponsor of the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art

    Photo credit: 12 Star Gallery, London

    • 29 min

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