J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), The Doge's Palace and Piazzetta, Venice, c.1840
J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), The Doge's Palace and Piazzetta, Venice, c.1840. Image © National Gallery of IrelandCredit


Magician or Maverick: Turner's art, innovation and reputation

12 January 18.30 - 19.30

Lecture Theatre

Full price: €10

Discounts available for over 65s, jobseekers, students and members of the Friends.


Join us for this talk with Dr Amy Concannon, our guest speaker from Tate.

This talk will explore the artistic innovations that marked Turner out as a rising star and which, over the course of his career, saw him labelled a magician and a maverick. Looking closely at his techniques, choice of media and subject matter, it will chart his progress to becoming a household name and an artist that the critics loved to hate. 

About the speaker

Dr Amy Concannon is Manton Senior Curator of Historic British Art at Tate. She is a specialist in Romantic art, particularly landscape, watercolour and print culture. In 2018 she completed her PhD (University of Nottingham) on images of the urban landscape in the early nineteenth century. Since starting at Tate in 2012 she has curated a range of exhibitions, most recently, Turner's Modern World. Before joining Tate she worked at Dulwich Picture Gallery, and completed an MA at the Courtauld. She started her career in the Lake District, at the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, where she is now a Trustee.

Turner: The Sun is God is organised in cooperation with Tate.

The exhibition is proudly supported by Grant Thornton, Exhibition Partner.

The Gallery would like to thank the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for their ongoing support. 

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