This project is an off shoot from on-going PhD research into this area with the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland.
Editor: Eimir O'Brien
I am currently taking a year out from a six year part-time PhD that looks at mid-twentieth century Irish religious art. At present I am mid-way through this course of study having completed three years, when I re enroll in September 2016 I will have three more years to go.
My interest in primarily in devotional pieces such as Stations of the Cross and liturgical pieces, in particular Crucifixes. The parameters of the research are set by a series of exhibitions of religious art that took place in Ireland between 1956 and 1968.
Related Seminar Presentations
August 2015: [Speaker] 'Ecclesiastical Art in 1960s Ireland: visual culture as methodology in the study of religion', XXI World Congress of the International Association of Religions, Erfurt, Germany
September 2014: [Speaker] 'Wider Relationships in Oral History', Making Connections in Oral History and Community in Ireland, Oral History Network of Ireland
June 2013: [Speaker] 'Inhabiting Modernity: Coevality in Irish Ecclesiastical Art Practise,1950
-1970', New Voices: Literary and Cultural Studies Conference, NMI Maynooth.
June 2012: [Speaker] ‘Re-appropriating the Gothic: The Catholic Church and the Consolidation of Power in mid-Nineteenth Century Ireland’, Material Religion in Modern Britain and her Worlds conference, University of Cardiff
May 2012:[Guest Lecturer] '20th Century Irish Stained Glass'. Seminar, Free University of Ireland (invited).
April 2012 [Speaker]: 'Designing for God: The Emergence of a Modern Ecclesiastical Style in Ireland c. 1950 – 1970.', Irish Association of Art Historians Annual Study Day (peer review).
March 2012 [Invited Speaker]: 'Mid-20th Century Stained Glass in the Context of Irish Church Interiors', National Gallery of Ireland Lecture Series A Miscellany of Stained Glass (invited).
September 2012 Short Talk: ‘The Art of Narrative: Religious Identity in Modern Ireland’, Workshop, Historiography of Religion: New approaches to origins of narrating a religious past conference at Norrköping University, Sweden (awarded full funding).
October 2011, seven day writing workshop in Cill Riallaig, Capturing the essence of craft practice in Ireland: processes of discourse, organisers NCAD & CCoI. Key note lecturer Dr Judith Schwartz, NYU.
'Ecclesiastical Art and Architecture in mid-Nineteenth Century Ireland: A Study of the work of Earley and Powells for St Patrick's Church, Monkstown, Co. Dublin' in The British Art Journal pending 2015 (peer review)
'Envisioning Change Ecclesiastical Art in Ireland 1950–1962 (2014) In Situ: NCAD Research & Public Engagement 2013, National College of Art and Design
August 2014 - October 2014 Tour Administrator
Modern Sacred Architecture in Ireland and Germany Conference
February 2013 [Invited Speaker] Radio interview on Modern Irish Churches, Near FM, Northside Today Programme