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The Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry Summer Symposium on at the Savoy

The Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry Summer Symposium on at the Savoy

The Jack B. Yeats & Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions of Ireland exhibition, Summer Symposium is taking place at The Savoy Hotel, Limerick this September.

The Hunt Museum would like to invite you to their Summer Symposium which will present academic speakers who will each share different insights and perspectives on the influences, lives, creative practice and legacies of two of Ireland’s distinguished 20th century Irish painters.  A chaired panel discussion by Gemma Tipton will take place in the afternoon.

Registration and coffee will be at 10 am to kick off the event and speakers will start speaking at 10.30 am. Speakers include Roisin Kennedy, Peter Murray, Brian Kennedy, and Yuki Takahashi




Dr. Róisín Kennedy is a lecturer in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin. She is former Yeats Curator at the National Gallery of Ireland, 2006-08 and Curator of the State Collection at Dublin Castle, 1998-99. Her research focuses on modern Irish art and its contexts. She has published widely on the subject, currently in The Atlas of the Irish Revolution, Cork University Press. Her lecture on the day is titled: ‘Painting Modernity: Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry, and Modern Ireland’.

Dr. Brian Kennedy was Keeper of Art at the Ulster Museum, in which the collection contained arguably the major collection of Irish art anywhere.  He has published a biography of Paul Henry and arranged an exhibition looking at Henry’s whole career, for the National Gallery, Dublin, and finally a Catalogue Raisonné. His lecture is titled: ‘As He Saw It: the Ireland of Paul Henry, R.H.A.’

Peter Murray completed an M.Litt at Trinity College, after studying art history at UCD. He has curated many exhibitions over the past three decades and is currently working on an exhibition celebrating the work of George Victor Du Noyer (1817-1869), which will be shown at the Crawford Art Gallery in late 2017 and afterward at the National Museum of Ireland. He will be giving his lecture : “A Romance in Perpetuity” on the day.

Yuki Takahashi is an adjunct tutor of Aoyama Gakuin University, Meiji University, and Komazawa University in Tokyo. Yuki has Submitted Ph. D dissertation titled W.B. Yeats in the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement to Aoyama Gakuin University, and received a doctorate in literature in March 2017. Yuki Takahashi will be giving a lecture titled: ‘Jack B. Yeats: Art and the ‘living ginger of Life’

Panel Discussion Chair Gemma Tipton is a renowned Dublin based independent writer and critic of contemporary art and architecture. She is widely known for her contributions to art and architectural publications, panel discussions, lectures, radio and television programme both in Ireland and internationally. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, Art and Architecture Journal, Irish Arts Review, CIRCA, Fuse, Irish Museums Journal, Selvedge, Apollo, VANS and Artists Newsletter. She is the editor of Space: Architecture for Art, an investigation of the architecture of contemporary art galleries; and author of Home, a study of contemporary memorials. Gemma was formerly the manager of CIRCA Magazine and editor of Contexts and has also been a judge for the Museum of the Year Awards, and for the AIB Prize.

The Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry Summer Symposium will take place on Wednesday, 6 September 2017 at the Savoy Hotel, Limerick. Standard tickets are priced at €45 and can be bought on the Hunt Museum website now by calling 061 312833 or emailing [email protected].

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