Representing the Unrepresentable

The painting "Feeding Chickens" by George Waldron

Sold-out discussion

From left: Michael Foley, Cyril Thorton, Katharine Crouan, Jeanne Marine, Bob Geldof, Niamh O’Sullivan, Dorothy Cross, Peter Murray and Ann Davoren participated in a panel discussion to mark the closing of the "Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger" exhibition at West Cork Arts Centre.


 n unprecedented 30,000 people visited the West Cork Arts Centre this summer to see “Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger,” which came to a close last week. The exhibition had a profound impact on the local community and visitors to the area, who travelled from around Ireland and abroad. 

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“Famine is the collapse of systems, it's the failure of being human, one to another, that's precisely what we saw in Ireland...that's what we see today.”
Bob Geldof

To mark the exhibition's closing, we hosted a panel discussion “Representing the Unrepresentable,” to reflect on Ireland's Great Hunger and famine today. This sold-out event took place at the Skibbereen Town Hall where historian Peter Murray was joined by noted panelists, including humanitarian Bob Geldof, artist Dorothy Cross, historian Catherine Krouan, and journalist and academic Mick Foley.

“Yet, when we consider the art of others today, we realise that, albeit 170 years later, the famine has indeed been represented, and with ‘Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger’ and the great no more,” said Niamh O'Sullivan, curator of the exhibition in West Cork.

Thank you to West Cork Arts Centre and its community for your incredible welcome this summer, and helping to share our story. We're now looking forward to the next chapter of our time in Ireland, at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Derry next January.