Wednesday 26 February 2014

War Poetry & Images of World War I

Sir William Orpen 
The National Gallery has an interesting weekend set up.

Saturday 1 March 2014, 10am - 4pm
Study Day: War Artists

The Study Day ‘War Artists’ focusing on World War I reflects an era of radical change in both art and history. The range of talented artists that captured the people and events involved in the war included Paul Nash, Eric Kennington, William Orpen, Max Beckmann and Käthe Kollwitz. The artists Laura Knight, Faith Farr, Cecily Browne and Doris Zinkeisen proved that women could also present the most disconcerting aspects of war. The continuing presence of war has led to different kinds of artwork, including the rise of photo-journalism, and images delivered daily on television screens from conflict regions. The Study Day includes contemporary poets and artists and it is accompanied by a reading of war poetry on Sunday and a lecture series in March.

Morning Session: International Artists and Global Conflict WWI

10.00 Welcome

10.05 The Shock of the New? International artists and global conflict, 1914-18 
Professor Keith Jeffery, Professor of British History, Queen’s University, Belfast

10.45 Sir William Orpen and Sir John Lavery: Irish War Artists
 Dr. Brendan Rooney, Curator of Irish Art, National Gallery of Ireland

11.15 Morning Coffee

11.30 The wartime experiences of George Grosz, Max Beckmann, Otto Dix and Käthe Kollwitz 
Sean Rainbird, Director, National Gallery of Ireland

12.05 Women artists and the First World War
 Kathleen Palmer, Head of Art, Imperial War Museum, London

12.35 Panel Discussion
 Chair: Professor Thomas Bartlett, Chair in Irish History, University of Aberdeen

13.05 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: Contemporary Artists and the Subject of Conflict

14.15 A short reading from 'A Long Long Way 'by Sebastian Barry 
With Bryan Dobson, RTÉ Newscaster and Presenter

14.30 Contemporary artists and the subject of conflict 
Artists Panel: Brian Maguire, Mick O’Dea RHA and Richard Mosse
Chair: Professor Emeritus Ciarán Benson, University College Dublin

15.30 Introduction to: A Reading of War Poetry 
John Horne, Professor of Modern European History, Trinity College Dublin.
The reading is led by poet Gerald Dawe, Professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, (editor of Earth Voices Whispering: An Anthology
of Irish War Poetry 1914-1945), with Professor Paula Meehan, Ireland Chair of Poetry.

16.00 Conclusion

16.15 Wine Reception

Details: €15 Tickets: (includes coffee break and wine reception)/ €5 Students (proof of student ID required). Tickets in advance from The Gallery Shop 01 663 3518

Sunday 2 March 2014, 3pm 
This event will highlight some of the poetry of World War I, accompanied by images. 
 This event is free, and no booking is necessary.

15.00   Introduction: Pat Boran, Poet, Writer, Publisher
15.10   A reading of war poetry with images of World War I
Blake Morrison, Poet, Author, Journalist and Professor of Creative Writing, Goldsmiths University, London
15.50   Conclusion 
 Maureen Kennelly, Director, Poetry Ireland

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