President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, attended the launch of Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger on March 7,...
Visit the Exhibition
8 March - 30 June 2018
Dublin Castle - The Coach House
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Highlights Tour - every Tuesday at 1 pm
Family Tour - every Sunday at 11 am (excluding June 10)
Space is limited for these tours, and they are first-come, first-serve.
20 July - 13 October 2018
Open Monday to Saturday
10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
18 January - 16 March 2019
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
An tSeaneaglais (Glassworks)
37 Mórshráid Shéamais
Derry, BT48 7DF
t: +44 2871 264132
Open Tuesday to Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Hunger Times
Exploring the legacy of the Great Irish Famine and its relevance in a modern context, The Hunger Times is a short film aimed at children between the ages of 10 and 13, produced by Tile Media. This is the first time that a Famine story has been told on film through the eyes of children. Filmed on location in Ireland and the United States, the film was commissioned through an open competition by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum (IGHM) at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA. It was funded by The Ireland Funds.
Scoilnet – The Department of Education and Skills portal for Irish education. Scoilnet has produced curriculum-related digital resources to support Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger.
Free presentations and worksheets related to the exhibition are available at Scoilnet’s website:
To book for a school visit, please e-mail DublinCastleEducation@opw.ie, indicating your preferred date and time and the number of students in your class.
Support the exhibition
Make a donation
To support this major endeavor, please contact:
Adopt an Artwork
Fifty pieces from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum’s collection will be making the journey to Ireland for the Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger exhibition. To assist with professional fine art shipping costs, as well as any conservation needs, the museum has created an Adopt an Artwork program to connect prospective donors with specific and tangible needs.
As part of the adoption process, participants will receive many benefits, including a print of the piece suitable for framing, an invitation to the collection send-off party, and a credit line on the gallery label giving recognition to the adoptive sponsor throughout the exhibition’s run in Ireland.
Thank you to the following donors who have supported the exhibition by adopting atwork:
- Rainbow’s End – Barry, Jaclyn and Bailey Bestle
- Cottages, West of Ireland – Lynn Bushnell
- Lest we Forget – O’Herron Family Foundation
- Gorta – Barry, Jaclyn and Bailey Bestle
- Irish Peasant Children – Doug James and Kay Mollick
- The Irish Piper - George and Monica Dunn
- A Young Man’s Troubles – Whyte’s
- Connemara Woman – Patricia Vitanza
- The Victim – The Ryan Family
- Feeding Chickens – George Waldron
- Scene in Connemara – Katie and Michael Regan
- Returning from an Irish Funeral – Lev and Ivan Nussberg
- The Irish Mother – Alan and Wendy Puzarne
- The Farewell – Janet Corcoran and Francis John Dwyer III
- Famine Funeral – Terrance Kenneally
- The Vigil – Lev and Ivan Nussberg
- Famine - Jean Husted and Becca Main
Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government. It is now a major government complex and a key tourist attraction. Dublin Castle is administered by the Office of Public Works. The OPW's aim is to maintain a high standard in managing and conserving Ireland’s buildings and heritage. For more information visit dublincastle.ie.
West Cork Arts Centre was established in 1985 in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. It is a publicly funded arts facility that creates opportunities for the people of West Cork to have access to, and engagement with, local and global arts practice of excellence. It supports a multi-disciplinary arts programme with a focus on contemporary visual art . It is a resource and development agency, providing expertise and physical and human resources to assist artists, other arts organisations, groups and individuals to realise arts projects. It is committed to exploring new and innovative ways of combating the challenges facing audience development and participation, and the development of opportunities for artists, especially in relation to those located in rural communities. For more information visit westcorkartscentre.com.
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin is Derry’s primary Irish language, arts and cultural organization. Established in 1984, the organization is now one of the most dynamic, innovative and award-winning Irish language organizations anywhere in the country, delivering a range of cultural initiatives.
The mission of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is to serve the Irish people, promote their values and advance their prosperity and interests abroad, and to provide the Government with the capabilities, analysis and influence to ensure that Ireland derives the maximum benefit from all areas of its external engagement. The Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme is focused on supporting cultural, community and heritage projects that foster a vibrant sense of Irish community and identity.
The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht oversees the protection and presentation of Ireland’s heritage and cultural assets. Our goals are to promote and protect Ireland’s heritage and culture, to advance the use of the Irish language, and to support the sustainable development of the islands. The Department funds a number of State Bodies and Agencies with responsibilities relating to various aspects of the Department’s remit and works with these bodies and agencies to ensure a co-ordinated approach to fulfilling the Department’s mandate.
The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and Irish-related causes around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has raised over $550 million for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefiting more than 3,000 different organizations.
For over a half century FIP Construction has earned the trust and confidence of our clients by providing the highest level of professional service to meet project challenges and to exceed performance expectations. Effective communication, creative solutions and core philosophy of living up to our commitments drive the skilled FIP project teams’ performance in the delivery of complex and sophisticated facilities for the healthcare, industrial and commercial marketplaces. The entire FIP organization focuses on our clients’ needs and the implementation of our proven process to create predictable results.
Morgan O’Driscoll is one of Ireland’s premier specialist art auction houses and is delighted to be associated with Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum’s exhibition in Ireland.
Situated in the heart of Galway, Kennys was established in 1940 by Des & Maureen Kenny. Kennys has a renowned stock of books on Irish history, culture, literature and language, as well as a comprehensive selection of non-Irish material that covers all aspects of the human experience.
The Merrion Hotel occupies one of the finest, most beautifully restored and best located Georgian buildings in Dublin City Center.
County Cork is renowned for the quality and intrinsic value of its Arts and Heritage. Cork County Council through its Arts Office and its Heritage Unit, has for many years been offering a range of different services to ensure the promotion and enjoyment of the arts and protection of the people, places and cultural activities that make County Cork what it is today.
The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts. We work in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.
Each year, RTÉ supports many local and national arts events throughout Ireland through media partnerships and widespread cultural content on Radio 1, 2fm, lyric fm, Raidio na Gaeltachta, RTÉ One and Two, across RTÉ.ie, and via RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs.
Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger is curated by:
Professor Emerita of Visual Culture (National College of Art and Design)
Curator of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
Media inquiries should be directed to:
+353 (0)1 6770630
General inquiries should be directed to:
Assistant Director and Project Manager
Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
Follow us on social media and subscribe to our email newsletter to receive the latest updates on this upcoming exhibition: