Study Day: War Artists

Event type:
Conferences & Study Mornings
Lecture Theatre
€15/ Students €5

Sir William Orpen

Saturday 1 March 2014, 10am - 4pm

The Study Day ‘War Artists’ focusing on World War I reflects an era of radical change in both art and history. The range of talented artists that captured the people and events involved in the war included Paul Nash, Eric Kennington, William Orpen, Max Beckmann and Käthe Kollwitz. The artists Laura Knight, Faith Farr, Cecily Browne and Doris Zinkeisen proved that women could also present the most disconcerting aspects of war. The continuing presence of war has led to different kinds of artwork, including the rise of photo-journalism, and images delivered daily on television screens from conflict regions. The Study Day includes contemporary poets and artists and it is accompanied by a reading of war poetry on Sunday and a lecture series in March.

Morning Session: International Artists and Global Conflict WWI

10.00 Welcome

10.05 The Shock of the New? International artists and global conflict, 1914-18
Professor Keith Jeffery, Professor of British History, Queen’s University, Belfast

10.45 Sir William Orpen and Sir John Lavery: Irish War Artists
Dr. Brendan Rooney, Curator of Irish Art, National Gallery of Ireland

11.15 Morning Coffee

11.30 The wartime experiences of George Grosz, Max Beckmann, Otto Dix and Käthe Kollwitz
Sean Rainbird, Director, National Gallery of Ireland

12.05 Women artists and the First World War
Kathleen Palmer, Head of Art, Imperial War Museum, London

12.35 Panel Discussion
Chair: Professor Thomas Bartlett, Chair in Irish History, University of Aberdeen

13.05 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: Contemporary Artists and the Subject of Conflict

14.15 A short reading from 'A Long Long Way 'by Sebastian Barry
With Bryan Dobson, RTÉ Newscaster and Presenter

14.30 Contemporary artists and the subject of conflict
Panel: Brian Maguire, Mick O’Dea RHA and Rita Duffy
Chair: Professor Emeritus Ciarán Benson, University College Dublin

15.30 Introduction to: A Reading of War Poetry
John Horne, Professor of Modern European History, Trinity College Dublin.
The reading is led by poet Gerald Dawe, Professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, (editor of Earth Voices Whispering: An Anthology
of Irish War Poetry 1914-1945), with Professor Paula Meehan, Ireland Chair of Poetry.

16.00 Conclusion

16.15 Wine Reception

Details: €15 Tickets: (includes coffee break and wine reception)/ €5 Students (proof of student ID required). Tickets in advance from The Gallery Shop 01 663 3518
Enquiries:; Telephone 01 663 3504/5/7


In association with Poetry Ireland & Department of Arts

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht         Poetry Ireland