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History Week – Visual Representations of Ireland’s Revolutionary Period – A lecture with Mick O Dea and Marie Connole


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Visual Representations of Ireland’s Revolutionary Period – with Mick O Dea and Marie Connole

Glór hosts artists Mick O’Dea and Marie Connole in a Public Talk as part of Clare County Library History Week. Mick O’Dea’s will concentrate on the work that he has been doing since 2008 in response to the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War. Marie Connole will present ‘An Alchemy of the Civil War’, currently on exhibition at the Clare Museum, and the ‘Irrepressible Women of Clare’ portraits commissioned for the Decade of Centenaries Arts Award.

The talk will be followed by a tour of the Civil War art exhibitions at Clare Museum which feature Marie Connole and David O’Rourke. This will be led by Mick O’Dea and Marie Connole.

Mick O’Dea is a past President of the Royal Hibernian Academy and a member of Aosdána since 1996. He has served on the Board of Governors of the National Gallery of Ireland and is currently the chairman of the Stamp Design Advisory Committee and a member of the Philatelic Advisory Committee of An Post. In addition he is a member of the Anatomical Society, an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy and a Board member of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation. He has extensive experience lecturing in various art colleges in Ireland, the UK and the the USA. He left full-time employment in 1999 to concentrate fully on his art. He has been exhibiting since 1977 and has been the recipient of numerous awards. His work can be found in many public and private collections.

Marie Connole has exhibited at the Irish Arts Center New York USA, National Gallery of Ireland, EVA International and the University of Galway.  She has undertaken residences at Kilkenny Arts Office, SÍM Residency in Iceland, Tyrone Guthrie Centre and in 2009-10 worked at Studio 84 in Wellington, New Zealand. In 1997 she represented Ireland in Spain at a European Community Competition. Earlier this year she was a Judge for the 68th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Awards include the Decade of Centenaries Arts Award (2022 and 2021), Creative Ireland Project Award (2021) and the Agility Arts Award (2021). In 2005/06 she was awarded the MFA Bursary from Clare Arts Office to undertake a research-based Masters in Fine Art at the Burren College of Art. In NCAD she received the 2003 Spiresart Student of the Year Award after completing a double Degree in History of Art and Fine Art Painting. Her work is in public and private collections

Supported by Clare County Council and the Dept of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Culture Ireland

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