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Rebel Artists’ - 20th Century Irish Women Artists

The early 20th century was a time of great change in Ireland from the 1916 Rising to the formation of the Free State to the declaration of the Republic. This escape from the colonial past was in ways mirrored at the time by the women’s liberation movement where a break from constrictive gendered traditions was enacted. Interestingly this spirit of rebellion was simultaneously expressed in the overturning of the rules and traditions in Western art. This course will examine the fascinating intersection of these three historically significant breaks with the past by looking at the art created by women artists in Ireland and abroad during the period 1910-1970, and will include the work of Estella Solomons, Mainie Jellet, Evie Hone, Mary Swanzy and Eileen Gray. Invited experts will also contribute to the course, and further details will be available closer to the time.  

Dates Schedule Time Venue/Location Fee €
29 Mar 2022 to 17 May 2022 Sessions: 8
Mar 29, Apr 5,12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
18.00 Online


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8 Tuesdays 18.00 - 19.15

Mar 29,  Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 10, 17



Jessica Fahy is a freelance Art Historian, and is on the lecturer and guide panels for the National Gallery of Ireland, the Hugh Lane Gallery and UCD School of Access and Lifelong Learning. Jessica gives both private and public talks and tours across Ireland, abroad and online covering all areas of Western Art from the 14th century to the present day. She has a MLitt in Art History from UCD where she also received her undergraduate degree with English as her joint major. She completed her MA in Italian Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London in 2007.