9 March 2024
Conference Room, Nano Nagle Place at 11:30
Dr Kristina Decker: ‘Mary Delany: A Creative Life in Eighteenth-century Ireland’
Mary Delany (1700-1788) is best known for her ‘paper mosaicks’, a collection of botanically accurate mixed media flower collages that are held in the British Museum. She famously started creating these collages in her seventies, making nearly a thousand before her eyesight began to fail. These beautiful pieces combine Delany’s lifelong interests in art and natural sciences, and it’s unsurprising that they’ve entranced viewers for centuries. Yet comparatively little attention has been given to the approximately twenty years that she lived in Ireland. During this period her creative activities flourished. Her home, Delville, in Glasnevin, Co. Dublin, provided her with the space to explore creative possibilities. She painted and sketched, made decorative shellwork, collected and arranged prints, shells, minerals, and fossils. This talk will explore Mary Delany’s creative life in Ireland, how her interests in art and science were nurtured during this period, and ultimately how these interests transformed her home, Delville.
Kristina Decker will shortly complete a PhD in the School of History at University College Cork. She received IRC funding in 2018 for her PhD research project, ‘Women and Improvement in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: the Case of Mary Delany’, which examines the ways in which Mary Delany participated in the culture of Improvement across such areas as education, sociability, landscape, and female ‘accomplishments’. Previously, she was awarded the 2017 Desmond Guinness Scholarship for research on the visual arts in Ireland from the Irish Georgian Society.
Saturday 24 February 2024
Guided Private Tours of both Sybil Connolly Collection and the Hunt Museum Permanent Collection
Haute Couture, High Art and Ancient Artifacts
Saturday 10 February
Sian McInerney, Collections Project Manager, Hunt Museum: ‘Delving into the life and career of Sybil Connolly through the Sybil Connolly Collection at the Hunt Museum’
Irish fashion designer Sybil Connolly (1921 – 1998) put Ireland on the international fashion map in the 1950s. A true entrepreneur, Sybil Connolly designed her eponymous couture lines using Irish fabrics such as traditional baínín wool, tweed, flannel, and crochet.
The Hunt Museum houses a unique mix of objects that makes up the Sybil Connolly Collection, this extensive and definitive collection includes fashion garments, design sketches, original photographs, scrapbooks & sketchbooks and interior design objects. The collection has significant cultural heritage value as it illustrates Sybil’s wide-ranging career from emerging fashion entrepreneur, and global couture star, to interior design doyenne.
This talk told Sybil’s story through the lens of the archive, through designs garments, sketches, scrapbooks and interior design objects of the Hunt Sybil Connolly Collection. It described her story of success; looking at Sybil the Designer, Sybil’s signature fabrics and Sybil the Entrepreneur.
Sian McInerney: Coming from a multidisciplinary background (BA in Economics & Sociology, MA in Cultural Policy & Art Management, MA by Research of the Economic Impact of Art & Cultural Events), Sian has worked managing EU projects for the Hunt Museum Limerick such as Europeana Archaeology and Art of Reading in the Middle Ages. Part of her work as Collections Project Manager at the Hunt Museum is to manage and curate the Sybil Connolly Collection. In 2019, Sian curated an exhibition on Sybil Connolly at the Hunt Museum, and in 2021 the Hunt was awarded a Heritage Grant to digitise the Sybil Connolly archive. Sian has written on Sybil Connolly for Europeana and the European Fashion Heritage Association (EFHA) and has published Sybil’s design sketches with both Digitial Repository Ireland and (EFHA).
Wednesday 17 January: Cork DFAS AGM
Monday 8 January: Morgan O’Driscoll’s Affordable ‘Off the Wall’ Art Auction. Bidding between 6:30 p.m. and 11:55 p.m. For location and viewing details see Menu, Associate/Corporate Members/Morgan O’Driscoll. View Online Catalogue
10th anniversary celebrations
Cork DFAS Student award: congratulations to Agnes Boes
In this our 10th Anniversary Year the society has sponsored an award for a student of the arts from the Cork College of FET, Douglas Street Campus. The award is based on a model that rewards the learner journey and is given in recognition of exceptional progress in artistic development. The inaugural award winner is Agnes Boes, a very worthy recipient. Agnes studied Fine Art at the college and the award was given for a self portrait. The award was presented at the college graduation ceremony held in City Hall on 15 Nov. The society presented a cheque for €500 and a Certificate while the college presented a medal. The award also includes membership of the society for the 23/24 season.
The society was delighted to welcome Agnes to its November lecture when members had an opportunity to view the winning artwork and to hear Agnes give a fascinating explanation of its creation.
Saturday 18 November: Exciting double event
On tour: Hanging out with Warhol and Lavery
Lavery, On Location, National Gallery of Ireland
Andy Warhol, Three Times Out, Hugh Lane Gallery
Guided private tours of both these major exhibitions
Tuesday 24 October: Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish & International Online Art Auction. Bidding between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. For location and viewing details see Menu, Associate/Corporate Members/Morgan O’Driscoll. View Online Catalogue
Thursday 19 October at 11: Double Bill Guided Tours Event, Crawford Gallery and The Sculpture Factory with Dr Tom Spalding and Ms. Elma O’Donovan
Saturday 14 October at 11:30 in Nano Nagle Place: talk by Robert O’Byrne, the ‘Irish Aesthete’, sponsored by Morgan O’Driscoll Fine Art Auctioneers
30 September: Combined event at the Glucksman and UCC
At 10.30 we will have a guided tour of selected UCC artworks located in the O’Rahilly Building, the Stone Corridor and the new Student Hub building. This tour will be led by Senior Glucksman Curator Tadhg Crowley.
At 11.30 the the tour will be followed by an innovative creative workshop, Discover the Art of Collage and Décollage, under the guidance of artist Aoife O’Connell in the Works studio in the basement of the Glucksman Gallery. Numbers for the workshop are limited to 20, so advance booking is essential.
Aideen Barry Monocopsis Drawings 2020.
Wednesday 13 September: Free Public Lecture: “Doomed Inheritance; Two weeks of destruction in North Cork, August 1922″ (7 pm) at Cork Central Library on Grand Parade. Presented by Mr Bill Power, author and Mitchelstown Historian.
Monday 11 September: Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish Art Online Auction. Bidding between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For location and viewing details see Menu, Associate/Corporate Members/Morgan O’Driscoll. View Online Catalogue
Friday 28 July: special visit to Áras an Uachtaráin. We were delighted to commence the celebrations of our 10th Anniversary with a special visit to Áras an Uachtaráin on Friday 28th of July, including a guided tour of the formal rooms.
Monday 26 June: Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish Art Online Auction. Bidding between 6:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. For location and viewing details see Menu, Associate/Corporate Members/Morgan O’Driscoll. View Online Catalogue
Monday 22 May: Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish Art Online Auction. Bidding between 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. For location and viewing details see Menu, Associate/Corporate Members/Morgan O’Driscoll. View Online Catalogue
Saturday 20 May at 11.30: Guided Heritage Walking Tour of Kinsale. For further details see, MENU.
Saturday 13 May at 11.30: A Little Bit of Italy: the Italianate Architectural Style in Cobh, 1840-1870: Dr Tom Spalding, Researcher, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
Saturday 22 April at 11.00: Historical Tour of St. Colman’s Cathedral and the Italianate Architecture of Cobh, including the Sirius Art Centre
Tuesday 18 April: Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish & International Online Art Auction. Bidding between 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. For location and viewing details see Menu, Associate/Corporate Members/Morgan O’Driscoll. View Online Catalogue
Saturday 25 March at 2: Cultural tour of Fota House
Karen Cassidy, Fota House Art Collection expert.
Martina Madden, Fota House Museum & Property Coordinator and expert on its Architecture and Furnishings.
Saturday 11 March at 11:30: Dr Michael Waldron, Assistant Curator, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork: ‘Edith Somerville: Artist, Illustrator, Writer’
Guided by Military Historian Gerry White, we visited the Chapel with its distinctive Evie Hone window, the Military Museum, and had the opportunity to see the Sean Keating paintings in the Officers Mess.
Garrison Church Collins Barracks, Cork. Sean Keating (1889- 1977)
Evie Hone Stained Glass.
Monday 30 January: Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish Art Online Auction. Bidding between 6:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. For location and viewing details see Menu, Associate/Corporate Members/Morgan O’Driscoll. View Online Catalogue
Monday 9 January: Morgan O’Driscoll’s Affordable ‘Off the Wall’ Art Auction. Bidding between 6:30 p.m. and 11:55 p.m. For location and viewing details see Menu, Associate/Corporate Members/Morgan O’Driscoll. View Online Catalogue