13 April – 7 July 2019
Beit Wing (Rooms 6–10)
Spanning 250 years, Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art comprised artworks by fifty artists, exploring the relationship between people and the natural world.
In addition to artists of the past, such as George Barret, Paul Henry and Jack B. Yeats, it included contemporary practitioners like Dorothy Cross, Willie Doherty, Kathy Prendergast and Sean Scully, as well as Niamh O’Malley, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Samuel Laurence Cunnane and others.
Encompassing a range of artistic media and perspectives, this exhibition examined different land types and uses, revealing the significant role artists have played in visualising aspects of human impact on the environment.
The exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated publication, featuring a selection of expert responses by individuals such as Paula Meehan (poet), Mary Reynolds (landscape designer), Duncan Stewart (environmentalist) and John Tuomey (architect), among others.
Curator: Donal Maguire, National Gallery of Ireland
The Island, A Prospect - a poem by Paula Meehan
A poem by Paula Meehan, written in response to the exhibition Sha
Writer Ian Maleney and Shaping Ireland
Writer Ian Maleny's debut book, Minor Monuments
The Colour of Ireland
If the glossy green of Ireland is the result of man-made chemical
Shaping Ireland: Visualising the Anthropocene
The first in a series of short texts exploring themes from the ex
Lights Out: Ireland and Mass Extinction
Since the arrival of humans in Ireland the extinction of around