58,000 visit Famine-related art exhibition in Dublin, before its move to West Cork

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, the world’s largest collection of Famine-related art, will open at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen this July, following its hugely successful run at Dublin Castle.

‘It is significant that these artworks are coming home to Skibbereen this Summer. We are very proud to host to this exhibition, as it is a rare opportunity for the people of Cork and visitors to the region, to experience this art collection in Skibbereen, described as ‘ground zero’ of the Great Irish Famine’ said West Cork Arts Centre Director, Ann Davoren. ‘We’re collaborating with six cultural partners based out of West Cork this Summer, as part of the Coming Home programme, to host daily tours, musical performances, education workshops, talks and discussions’, she said.

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, has just finished its a hugely successful exhibition at Dublin Castle, where over 58,000 people came to view the artworks on show. The exhibition contains 50 artworks, from some of Ireland’s most acclaimed artists including Jack B. Yeats, Dorothy Cross, Alanna O’Kelly, Robert Ballagh, William Crozier and Lillian Lucy Davidson. The artworks have been selected from the world’s largest collection of Famine related art at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. The exhibition will open to the public at West Cork Arts Centre on 20th of July- 13th of October, it will move to Derry, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, in January 2019.

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, seeks to educate audiences of all ages about the underlying political, social, economic and historic causes of the Great Hunger, and the magnitude of the disaster on Ireland and its people. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art by noted contemporary Irish and Irish American artists as well as a number of period paintings by some of Ireland’s most important 19th-century artists.


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