Celtic Revival

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 13.00-14.00  

Lecture theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

To launch our three-year project on Celtic design, Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe will be lecturing on Needlework and the Celtic Revival in Ireland, c. 1888-1922

The Celtic Revival, which burgeoned in Ireland between the late 1880s and the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, reflected the prevailing spirit of national romanticism throughout Europe.  Scholars, historians, writers, poets, playwrights and artist/craftsmen and women played key roles in kindling a new awareness of Ireland's national heritage, disappearing traditions and dormant skills.  Countrywide poor-relief needlework, lace and embroidery philanthropic industries led to pioneering Arts & Crafts workshops and individual expression inspired by ancient legend and Celtic interlace.

Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe is Associate Fellow, National College of Art & Design (NCAD), Dublin; Visiting Professor, University of Ulster, Belfast; Honorary Research Fellow, University of Wales; Honorary Fellow, British Society of Master Glass Painters. Founder degree course in History of Design, NCAD; founding director M.A. course in the History of Design and the Decorative Arts, NCAD. Books include Harry Clarke (1979); A Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (1988); Art and the National Dream (1993); The Arts and Crafts Movements in Dublin and Edinburgh (1998), ed. with E. S. Cumming; Harry Clarke: The Life & Work (1989, 4th ed. 2012); Wilhelmina Geddes: Life and Work (2015), shortlisted for 2016 William Berger Prize in British Art History and 2016 APOLLO British Art History award.

Price: £6.00

Booking for this lecture is now open through the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. To book, go to https://tickets.ox.ac.uk/WebStore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=ash&C=wkdaytalks

Detail from a Celtic Revival firescreen, attributed to the Royal Irish School of Art Needlework, late nineteenth century. Private Collecton.

Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe will also be lecturing on The Yeats Sisters at a meeting of the Friends of the William Morris Gallery at the William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park House, 531 Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4PP on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 19.00 for 19.30.

Susan Mary (known as Lily) Yeats, aged 22 but already a skilled needlewoman, worked between 1888 and 1894 in the embroidery department set up by her Hammersmith neighbour and family friend, May Morris.  In 1902, she and her younger sister Elizabeth, teacher and illustrator, returned to Ireland to set up the embroidery and printing workshops respectively at the newly formed, pioneering Arts & Crafts Dun Emer Guild.

Price: £5.00

To book a place, contact: roger.huddle@ntlworld.com

Lynn Hulse specialises in historic needlework c. 1600-1920 and lectures at museums, art galleries, universities and Embroiderers' Guilds across the UK, Ireland and North America. If you are interested in booking her to give a talk, email info@ornamentalembroidery.com