A History of Irish Art

Weekend course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Saturday 10 March 2018 – Sunday 11 March 2018

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £195.00 - £288.00

Ireland’s rich social and cultural heritage has been explored for millennia through the medium of art. Although most well-known for its contribution to the written word, this Weekend Course will demonstrate the unique and fascinating history of Ireland’s artistic treasures. From the Stone Art of Newgrange, which pre dates the pyramids and Stonehenge, to the work of Jack B. Yeats, the artworks and objects discussed will provide a window into Ireland’s distinctive cultural identity.

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Portrait of Course Leader Jenny Phelan

Course Leader
Jenny Phelan

Jenny Phelan studied History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College Dublin and Museum Studies at UCL. She has worked in a number of large institutions around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Ireland. Jenny programmes adult courses at the V&A including Year, Short, Evening and Weekend courses.

I thoroughly enjoyed the quality, content and range of objects explored in the weekend courses. 2015/16 course student

Course overview

Supported by contextual and historical information, this course will trace the history of Irish art from c.3300 BC to the present day. Covering a range of historical objects, paintings, manuscripts and sculptures such as the Book of Kells and Harry Clarke’s stained glass windows, it will also explore Ireland’s contribution to the wider art world including the origins of the phrase the “white cube”.

With special guest speakers Barbara Stanley, from The Barbara Stanley Gallery of Irish Contemporary Art, and Irish artist Margaret Egan.

£288 full price, £260 over 60s, £195 concessions (concessions are available for ES40 holders and registered disabled people)


Explore the subjects you love

Delve deeper into the subjects you love and enjoy thought-provoking lectures in a group who share your passion. Refreshments served on arrival each day.

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Weekend course: A History of Irish Art

10 March 2018 - 11 March 2018

£195.00 - £288.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)