The TY students that will do art for LC next year went on a tour of ‘Shaping Ireland’ at the National Gallery today. Thank you to our wonderful tour guide Sarah. She brought us through the five rooms showing us photography, paintings, sculpture and video work. This exhibition spans 250 years of Irish Landscape Art. We enjoyed seeing famous works such as paintings by Paul Henry but also the contemporary pieces. One of the students favourites was Mairead O’hEochas ‘Railings of St Stephens Green at Night’.
Caoimhe Kilfeathers sculpture made from coal and Ruth Lyons Salt bowls were beautiful. This exhibition is a pay in show but school students are free.
Here’s a link to an interview with the curator of this show.
We then continued on to the ‘Dead Zoo’. Here students explored primary sources from insects to giraffes. Some students had never been to The Natural History Museum before and were surprised at how many species are preserved here, many of which are now extinct.
PS On this day in 1915 the Lusitania was torpedoed off the coast of Cork. The then Director of the National Gallery, Hugh Lane, was one of the 1200 passengers who died, aged just 39.