Quinnipiac University is bringing its unequalled art collection home to Dublin and Skibbereen in 2018, to share with the people of Ireland. Join Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum in making this event a huge success.
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)—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.
The challenge in commemoration in the 21st century is to find ways to remember a past that shaped the present. The Great Hunger has molded Ireland’s history, land, politics, culture, character and relations with others. For these reasons, each new generation should know the scale of the Famine, the horror of it, how it permeated and changed Ireland and its diaspora irrevocably.
Top image: "Derrynane" Jack B. Yeats
Visitors will have the opportunity to attend a rich schedule of cultural, artistic and educational programming
Proposed programming includes:
Artists Panel (Dublin)
Featuring artists represented in the museum’s collection
Lectures (Dublin and West Cork)
Possible subjects include: hunger, visual representation of the Famine, immigration, global famine/hunger, trauma/memory, food scarcity/insecurity, poverty, etc.
Readings (Dublin and West Cork)
Poetry and literature readings by internationally known poets and authors.
Concerts (Dublin and West Cork)
By local and international artists.
Children/Family Activities (Dublin and West Cork)
Including art workshops, cooking classes, etc.
The Bad Times: A Graphic Novel (West Cork)
Discussion with author, Dr. Christine Kinealy, and illustrator, John Walsh. Irish language session or illustration workshop.
Performance at Schull Workhouse (Schull)
Artist Alanna O’Kelly will develop a new, live, site-specific performance work for Schull Workhouse. Alanna O’Kelly is one of Ireland’s internationally renowned multimedia artists who works in video, film, sound, photomontage, text and performance, fusing the ritual and the radical, in innovative ways.
Teacher Workshops (Dublin and West Cork)
Workshops designed specifically for teachers to integrate the exhibition and subject matter into their classrooms.
Walking Tour of Famine Sites
Dance Performances (West Cork)
Theater Event (West Cork)
Legacy projects include:
- An exhibition catalogue of the museum's collection with new and original materials.
- A children's video on The Great Hunger to be used in classrooms across Ireland and the United States.
- An app or digital game related to issues of hunger targeted toward youth.
Board of Directors
John L. Lahey
President of Quinnipiac University
Chairman of the Board
Lynn M. Bushnell
Vice President for Public Affairs
Patrick J. Healy
Senior Vice President for Finance Emeritus
Jean L. Husted
Vice President/Executive Associate to the President
Vice President for Human Resources
Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture
National College of Art and Design, Ireland
Ireland's Great Hunger Museum
Mark S. Varholak
Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer