Artist talk by the sculptor, John Coll, on the occasion of the official ‘unveiling’ a new portrait bust of Terence MacSwiney, the second Republican Lord Mayor of Cork. The work has been commissioned for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of McSwiney’s death in Brixton Prison.
John Coll is one of Ireland’s leading figurative sculptors and his work is found in several national collections. Commissions include monuments to the writers Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan on the Dublin canals, both beloved landmarks in the city. More recently he completed a portrait of an tUachtarán Michael D. Higgins who, in 2016, opened the new purpose-built museum building in Kilmurry.
The afternoon of events at Independence Museum Kilmurry will include a poetry reading and sean-nós recital of works commissioned during the decade of centenaries period. There will also be an illustrated talk by the curator and art-writer, Aodhan Rilke Floyd, on Peter Martin’s recent mural for the museum’s courtyard space, ‘The Beauty of the World is the Heritage of All’.
Minister Michael McGrath will be in attendance.