Conference | Making Memory: Visual + Material Cultures of Commemoration in Ireland

biggs_garden13 and 14 October, National Gallery of Ireland
15 October, National College of Art & Design

We are happy to announce details of a forthcoming conference Making Memory: Visual and Material Cultures of Commemoration in Ireland since 1800; to be held in the National Gallery of Ireland (13-14 October), and the National College of Art & Design (15 October). The conference will address how the national past has been variously celebrated, visualized, painted, sculpted, curated, understood, forgotten, recorded and performed over the past two centuries.

Funded by the Irish Research Council as a flagship ‘Decade of Centenaries’ research project, it features papers by more than 30 speakers, a significant film screening, a visual performance and associated talks and tours as part of Open House Dublin.

Topics and speakers include ‘Historicity and memory in contemporary art practice’ by Annie Fletcher (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven); ‘Beyond Local Solutions: the Plural Contexts of Willie Doherty’s Post-Conflict Photographs’ (Declan Long, NCAD); ‘Animating the Archive: the films of Duncan Campbell’ by Caoimhin McGiolla Leith (UCD); ‘Reconsidering 1916: Embodiment, Memory and Relational Affect in Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones’ In the Shadow of the State ‘ by Tina Kinsella (IADT/TCD); ‘Famine Memory and its Industries: a Social History of Remembrance’ by Emily Mark Fitzgerald (Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD, author of Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument); ‘The Making of Authentic Vernacular Memory’ by Dr. Guy Beiner (author of Remembering the Year of the French: Irish Folk History and Social Memory and ‘Commemoration and reverse engineering’, a visual performance lecture about the controversial invention of the Irish Wolfhound by Brian Hand and Orla Ryan (IT Carlow).

Convened by Dr. Lisa Godson of the National College of Art & Design, the conference is funded by the Irish Research Council and supported by the Irish Museums’ Association, the Irish Architecture Foundation, GradCAM, the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art and the National Gallery of Ireland.
Full programme and booking is at

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