Explore the imagination of the artist and designer through the Gallery’s archive
Opening 2 October 2021 at the National Gallery of Ireland, Anne Yeats: The Everyday Fantastic explores the imagination, process and experimentation of the artist and designer Anne Yeats (1919-2001), through an exhibition of selected works from her archive. Admission is free.
This exhibition is part of a series of annual exhibitions supported by ESB, through their sponsorship of the National Gallery of Ireland’s ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art (ESB CSIA).
Anne Yeats, chief designer for the Abbey Theatre, worked in oils and designed for theatre and publication. The daughter of W.B. Yeats, she was raised within the culture of the Irish Gaelic Revival. She moved between traditional and modern worlds, and drew creatively on her observations and her imagination. Anne started working at the Abbey Theatre at 16; founded Graphic Studio, Dublin in 1960; and was a founding member of Aosdána. She managed the Yeats family archive and donated part of it to the National Gallery of Ireland in 1996. Anne Yeats’s own archives and sketchbooks were donated to the Gallery by her brother Michael in 2002.
Anne Yeats: The Everyday Fantastic explores themes in the artist’s work such as ‘Fantastic Animals’, ‘Fine Art Print’ and ‘Backstage Theatre’, which will interest adults and children alike. Visitors are invited to explore Yeats’s important contribution to Irish culture through dozens of sketches, etchings and paintings drawn from her archive in the National Gallery of Ireland’s collection, giving a glimpse into her aesthetic interests and creative process.
The exhibition highlights creativity, experimentation and process in Yeats’s art practice across a number of decades, demonstrating the importance of artists’ archives and the role they play in an artist’s work - as a location where creativity, experimentation, failure and progress in art practice are documented.
Donal Maguire, Curator of the ESB CSIA and co-curator of the exhibition, said:
“Anne Yeats was born into the most celebrated family of the Irish Celtic Revival. However, her own artistic development reflected a broader interest in modern art and design. This is represented most personally and intimately in her archive - one of the most extensive and splendid artists’ archives at the National Gallery. We hope that visitors will enjoy exploring this diverse selection of works, which provide an unparalleled insight into the creative processes and imagination of this dynamic and innovative figure in Irish art and design.”
Anne Yeats: The Everyday Fantastic opens on 2 October 2021 and runs until 9 October 2022. Admission is free. Entry to all exhibitions year-round is free for Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland.
Peter O’Shea, Corporate& Regulatory Affairs Manager, ESB said: “We are delighted that through our sponsorship of the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art we are helping to promote and support awareness of important Irish artists such as Anne Yeats. The ESB CSIA holds one of the important collections of research material relating to the history of Irish art, and we are proud to be associated with it.”
What: Anne Yeats: The Everyday Fantastic
When: 2 October 2021 - 9 October 2022
Venue: National Gallery of Ireland (Room 11), Entry via Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.
Curators: Donal Maguire (Curator, ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art), Grace O’Boyle (Fellow, ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art) and Donna Rose (Fellow, ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art)
Anne Yeats Paintings in the Gallery’s Collection:
The Gallery owns a number of paintings by Anne Yeats (1919-2001), including Crayfish, 20th century. NGI.2017.43, which was presented, Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland, in 2017.
Visitor information at the National Gallery of Ireland:
Visitors must book a free ticket to visit the Gallery, see nationalgallery.ie. Entry via Merrion Square entrance only. Sanitising facilities at all entry points and throughout Gallery. Tours and audio guides are not available but online versions of Gallery initiatives will be online. Lifts available but for single use or disability access only. Cloakrooms are closed.
Gallery opening hours:
Tues to Sat: 9.45am – 5.30pm
Sun: 11.30am – 5.30pm
About the National Gallery of Ireland:
The National Gallery of Ireland is one of the country’s most popular visitor attractions housing the nation’s collection of European and Irish art from about 1300 to the present day, and an extensive Library & Archive. Entry to the collection is free for all to enjoy, learn and be inspired.
About the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art
The ESB CSIA at the National Gallery of Ireland holds one of the world’s most important and valuable archives and libraries relating to the history of Irish art. Including rare and artists’ books, letters, and sketchbooks, it is freely accessible to the public for study and often features in Gallery displays and exhibitions.
National Gallery at Home:
For those who are unable to visit the National Gallery of Ireland at the moment, there are many ways to engage with the national collection online. ‘National Gallery at Home’ includes videos, Works of the Day, Mindfulness and Art, and at-home activities connected to the national collection. Virtual tours of iconic spaces such as the Shaw Room and the Grand Gallery, as well as the exhibition Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored, can also be explored from home. Find out more at www.nationalgallery.ie