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The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making It Irish

The Baptism of St. Patrick - Harry Clarke 1912
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Saturday, March 21, 2015
Connolly House, Andover Room
Boston College

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Register below by March 18.

This symposium is being held in anticipation of the exhibition, “The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making It Irish” at the McMullen Museum of Art.


about the symposium

Members of Boston College’s Irish Studies faculty and the University’s McMullen Museum of Art are currently organizing the first comprehensive exhibition of the Irish Arts and Crafts movement, which flourished in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century decades—a period of of revolutionary political transformation in Ireland. The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making It Irish celebrates the centenary of the movement’s major achievement, the Honan Chapel in Cork City that was consecrated in 1916. The exhibition will contextualize objects in the period between the 1890s and 1930, when Irish artists and crafts workers, many associated with the more familiar Literary Revival, looked both to the past and the future as they created a national visual arts language for a country immersed in social and political change. The exhibition gathers a comprehensive selection from the holdings of the Honan Chapel, objects commissioned from Ireland’s foremost Arts and Crafts practitioners. It also displays domestic and ecclesiastical works from major private and public collections in the Irish Republic, Northern Ireland, and the United States.

To publicize the exhibition both within the University and a wider Boston Arts community, as well as to assist organizers make final plans for its presentation and digital elements, Boston College has invited five major Irish scholars for a pre-exhibition symposium in March 2015. The following guests will give short morning presentations and participate in an afternoon roundtable with McMullen curators and staff and Irish Studies.


  • Breandán Ó Caollaí, Consul-General of Ireland
  • Nicola Gordon Bowe, Associate Fellow, Faculty of Visual Culture, NCAD
  • Paul Larmour, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Fintan O’Toole, The Irish Times
  • Virginia Teehan, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Tomás Ó Carragáin, University College Cork, Ireland


event schedule

Saturday, March 21, 2015

9:00 a.m. Coffee & Light Breakfast

9:30 a.m.


Presentation Session
20-30 minute talks with questions by five invited speakers: Nicola Gordon Bowe, Paul Larmour, Fintan O’Toole, Virginia Teehan, Tomás Ó Carragáin   

12:30 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m.


Roundtable/Workshop Session
Discuss plans for the exhibition   



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