In this final conversation of Pluck @ RHA’s programme 2020, Dr Fionna Barber and Dr Tina Kinsella will be in conversation with Pluck Projects to discuss the history of women’s relationships to institutions in Ireland. In it, we will examine how the recognition of women artists working in Ireland has changed over the last four decades, how our understanding of the importance of gender as a factor for discussing artists’ practice has evolved, what the status of the term ‘woman artist’ is now, and what the next steps might be for critical engagements with feminist art.
Dr Fionna Barber is Reader in Art History in the Manchester School of Art and Research Degrees Co-ordinator for Art / Visual Culture. Her research interests are contemporary and twentieth century Irish visual culture, feminist art history, contemporary women’s painting and a range of issues in twentieth century modernism including nation, memory and identity and gender performativity and embodiment. She recently curated ‘Elliptical Affinities: Irish Women Artists and the Politics of the Body 1985-present’ exhibition curated for Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland 16 November 2019 – 26 January 2020
Dr Tina Kinsella is Head of Department of Design + Visual Arts in IADT, Research Fellow at the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Trinity College Dublin, and Fellow at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM). She has published widely in the fields of contemporary art practice, visual culture, aesthetics, performance studies, philosophy, psychoanalysis, anthropology and legal studies. She is currently working on a monograph on contemporary female artists’ relationship to, and interrogation of, surrealism.
Pluck Projects is a curatorial collaboration founded by art historians Sarah Kelleher and Rachel Warriner that champions innovative work and seeks to reassess the histories of contemporary Irish art.
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Image: Eithne Jordan, Museum XXVI, 2020