Farming in Wicklow 1750-1850
In partnership with West Wicklow Historical Society
Thursday 27 August @ 8pm. Adm €5/€3 conc.
The joint speakers for our historical lecture are Jonathan Bell and Mervyn Watson, and the lecture is ‘Farming in Wicklow, 1750-1850’.
Jonathan and Mervyn were curators at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum for more than 30 years until they both retired in 2006. They have co-written a number of books on Irish farming history, including Irish Farming: Implements and Techniques, 1750-1940 (1986), A History of Irish Farming, 1750–1950 (2008), Rooted in the soil: a history of cottage gardens and allotments in Ireland since 1750 (2012) and Irish Farming Life: History and Heritage (2014).
Chaney-Closing reception – Saturday Aug 29th 4-6pm.
The lecture compliments the work of our artist in residence for the month of August, Orla Callaghan.
Orla’s installation work, Chaney, centres on a collection of shards of pottery or “chaney” collected by the artist from the fields near her home in Carnew, Co Wicklow. Using techniques of feltmaking the shards are being enclosed in a floor piece and combined with other constructed elements to evoke the environment of the fields.
Chaney is intended to reflect on the relationship between people and the land, the local practice of agriculture over the years and its primal role in human existence.
Do drop by and watch or engage with the artist, or join us for the closing reception.