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Evening Talk: The Irish Arts & Crafts Movement

Wednesday 28 September

7 - 8.30pm

£10 with complimentary drink on arrival

Watts Gallery

The Arts & Crafts Society of Ireland was initiated in Dublin in 1894 during a period of ideologically motivated national romanticism throughout what was then the United Kingdom. It emulated the example of William Morris and the achievements of the English Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society. Reviving small local industries and encouraging emerging artist/craftsmen and women to master traditional skills within a modern, specifically Irish idiom in increasingly competent exhibitions, it played a key role in visualizing the ideals of the emerging Irish Free State established in 1922.

Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe is Associate Fellow at the Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design in Dublin; Visiting Professor, School of Art and Design Research Institute at the University of Ulster and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Wales. She has published and lectured widely on aspects of the early twentieth century Arts & Crafts Movement and the Celtic Revival, on the revival of stained glass as an art form, on contemporary craft expression and on women in the arts. She has also broadcast on Irish and British television and radio.

Dr Bowe is an Honorary Fellow of the Glass Society of Ireland and the British Society of Master Glass Painters. Her most recent publications include a revised and updated edition of her seminal biography Harry Clarke: The Life and Work and a biography of Ulster-born stained glass and graphic artist Wilhemina Geddes, published in 2015.

This talk is organised in partnership with the Arts & Crafts Movement in Surrey.