Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University (IGHM) intends to send its acclaimed art collection to Ireland in 2018. As the largest Famine-related art collection in the world, it is fitting that it be shown in Ireland – in Dublin Castle and Skibbereen – diametric epicentres of the Great Hunger.
The impact of the Great Hunger (1845-52) is still with us. It has shaped our history, our landscape, our politics, our culture and our character. And our diaspora defines Ireland’s place in the world. For these reasons, each new generation should know the scale of the Famine, the horror of it, and how it permeated everything.
Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger
20 July to 13 October 2018
Opening on Thursday 19 July
The exhibition Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger is selected from the collection of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, US (IGHM), the largest Famine-related art collection in the world, including work by American and Irish artists – Daniel Macdonald, James Mahony, Lilian Davidson, Margaret Allen, Howard Helmick, James Brenan, Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, William Crozier, Hughie O’Donoghue, Brian Maguire, Micheal Farrell, Glenna Goodacre, Rowan Gillespie, Alanna O’Kelly and Dorothy Cross.
It will be shown in two locations in the Republic of Ireland only – at Dublin Castle and at Uillinn from July to October. The exhibition at Uillinn will be accompanied by a programme of education and community events for Skibbereen and West Cork as well as tourists and visitors to the region. These will resonate with the history and legacy of the Famine and also amplify the contemporary themes explored in the exhibition.
The programme includes a West Cork-wide Schools Programme; a series of Artists Residencies in association with the Crawford Art Gallery and UCC; a series of lectures and seminars in partnership with UCC and IGHM; a unique Performance Event by acclaimed Irish artist Alanna O’Kelly; and an Arts for Health project celebrating the legacy of the 110 Skibbereen girls who emigrated to Australia after the Famine.