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Irish Women Rebel Artists and Trailblazers By Dr Maebh O’Regan

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This lecture shines a light on female artists and examines the contribution that these artists made to our visual and cultural legacy.

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Female artists are often overlooked in favour of their male counterparts. This illustrated lecture explores figures such as Countess Markievicz and Grace Gifford, both are painters and revolutionaries, and explores the role they played in the 1916 Rebellion. The sisters, Susan and Elizabeth Yeats were the mainstay of the Irish Celtic revival, yet their work is frequently ignored in favour of their more famous brothers. The new Irish state was forged in conservatism under Eamon De Valera and this characteristic also persisted in our art institutions. It took three Irish female artists, Mainie Jellett, Mary Swanzy and Evie Hone, to bring Modernism to Ireland. This lecture shines a light on these events and examines the contribution that these artists made to our visual and cultural legacy.

pic: Countess Markievicz wearing her Irish Citizens Army Uniform

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