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Introduction

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, is sending its acclaimed art collection to Ireland in 2018. The works will go to Dublin Castle and Skibbereen—diametric epicenters of the Great Famine (1845-52)— as well as Derry, for the exhibition Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger. The museum’s collection, the only one of its kind in the world, constitutes an incomparable direct link to the past of almost 6.5 million Irish and 40 million Irish-American people.

The death and dispersion of 2 million people, followed by a further 2 million emigrations to the end of the century, makes the exhibition an important gesture of cultural reconnection. The Irish diaspora defines Ireland’s place in the world today. The impact of the Famine is still with its descendants—both at home and abroad.

A photo of a sculpture entitled "The Victim" by artist Rowan Gillespie

The Victim

Rowan Gillespie

This major undertaking aims to strengthen the deep cultural connection between Ireland and its diaspora by showcasing the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art never before exhibited on Irish soil. Please join with us in making this powerful artistic, cultural and educational endeavor a memorable one.

Visit the Exhibition

8 March - 30 June 2018

Dublin Castle - The Coach House
Dame St
Dublin 2
Ireland
dublincastle.ie

Open daily
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Highlights Tour - every Tuesday at 1 pm
Space is limited for these tours, and they are first-come, first-serve.

20 July - 13 October 2018

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
Skibbereen
Co. Cork
Ireland
P81 VW98
t: +353 28 22090
e: info@westcorkartscentre.com
westcorkartscentre.com

Open Monday to Saturday
10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Free guided tours of the exhibition will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. No booking is required. 

To book a private tour of the exhibition, please email info@westcorkartscentre.com.

18 January - 16 March 2019

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
An tSeaneaglais (Glassworks)

37 Mórshráid Shéamais
Derry, BT48 7DF
Northern Ireland
t: +44 2871 264132
e: eolas@culturlann.org
culturlann-doire.ie

Open Tuesday to Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Painting

The painting entitled "The Finishing Touch" by artist James Brenan

The Finishing Touch

James Brenan

Art and the Artists

Through the museum’s collection, layers of history are peeled back to uncover aspects of the story indecipherable by other means. Above all, the artworks stand proud as powerful, reflective and inspirational expressions of who the Irish once were, and how they became the people they are today—each piece chosen for its quality as art.

Fifty pieces of art have traveled from Quinnipiac University to Ireland to create this exhibition.

Gallery of Exhibition Art

Painting

Painting of an Irish countryside landscape entitled "Derrynane" by artist Jack B. Yeats

Derrynane

Jack B. Yeats

Programming

Schedule of Events


The extensive West Cork programme includes a series of artist residencies in association with the Crawford Art Gallery and University College Cork; a schools programme; a unique performance by acclaimed Irish artist Alanna O'Kelly for Schull Workhouse, Anáil na Beatha; a celebration of the legacy of young women who emigrated to Australia called 110 Skibbereen GirlsChronicles of The Great Irish Famine concert with Declan O’Rourke and guests; a garden trail at Reen Farm Sculpture Garden where internationally renowned artist John Kelly lives with his family. There are the Famine Stories Walking Tours, an artists talk with Robert Ballagh; the world premiere of Rua Breathnach’s Welcome To The Stranger at Skibbereen Town Hall; the Canon Goodman Concert with LúnasaPoint Of Departure: A Lament film screening and drama workshops for children, a poetry reading by Cherry Smyth of her long form poem Famished, as well as day long field trips, family friendly Discovery Boxes and numerous Heritage Centre Talks.  

Educational Resources

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.

Educational materials

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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:

School visits

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre is running a major Schools Tours Programme for Primary and Second Level schools throughout Cork, in conjunction with Skibbereen Heritage Centre and supported by Scoilnet's curriculum-related digital Resources.  


For booking and further information contact Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre at 028 22090 and info@westcorkartscentre.com and Skibbereen Heritage Centre at 028 and info@skibbheritage.com.


Uillinn is also running a Primary Schools' Classroom-based Programme, facilitated by Charlotte Donovan, Uillinn Artist in Residence: Learning and Engagement, involving tours of the exhibition, teachers' workshops with West Cork Education Centre, a resource pack for teachers and classroom based development of the work. For more information contact Charlotte at learning@westcorkartscentre.com.  

Support Us

Support the exhibition


Make a donation

To support this major endeavor, please contact:

Ryan Mahoney
Executive Director
ryan.mahoney@qu.edu
203-582-6573
ighm.org

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 
  • 5/9 Black '47 - Martha Ahlquist
  • Famine Ship -Terrence Kenneally  
  • 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 – Terrence Kenneally
  • The Vigil – Lev and Ivan Nussberg
  • Famine - Jean Husted and Becca Main  

Our Partners

Exhibition Venues

Dublin Castle logo
Office of Public Works logo

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 logo

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 logo

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.

Our Sponsors

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade logo
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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.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht logo

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 logo

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.

FIP Construction logo

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 logo

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.

Kenny Gallery logo

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.

Merrion Hotel logo

The Merrion Hotel occupies one of the finest, most beautifully restored and best located Georgian buildings in Dublin City Center.

Cork County Council logo

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 logo

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.

Media Partners

RTÉ logo

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.

Cultural Collaborators

St. Patrick's Festival Dublin logo
West Cork Literary Festival logo
Skibbereen Heritage Centre logo
Skibbereen Arts Festival logo
2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage logo
Notre Dame Dublin logo
Irish Film Institute logo
International Literature Festival Dublin logo
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival logo
West Cork History Festival logo

Contact Us

Contact us

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger is curated by:

Niamh O’Sullivan
Professor Emerita of Visual Culture (National College of Art and Design)
Curator of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
+353 (0)876879348
nosullivan18@gmail.com

Media inquiries should be directed to:

Niamh Mongey
Stillwater Communications
+353 (0)1 6770630
niamh@stillwater.ie

General inquiries should be directed to:

Claire Puzarne
Assistant Director and Project Manager
Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
+001 203-582-6574
claire.puzarne@qu.edu

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