Four exhibitions run at the Ulster Museum starting with ‘Artist as Thief’, John Lavery’s debt to the art of the past, showing his work alongside historic paintings from the Museum’s own collection. Landscapes from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland are displayed in ‘Looking at Landscape’ with works dating from the 1950s through to the 1990s. The 136th RUA Annual Exhibition continues, with works by David Crone, Rita Duffy and Colin Davidson, amongst others. ‘International Ireland’, brings together 20th- century Irish and international art with several of the Museum’s new acquisitions. Lavery: until 19 August 2018; Landscape: until 11 February; RUA: until 7 January; International Ireland: 26 January – 22 April
Curated by Sabina MacMahon, ‘Songs of Peace: Francis Ledwidge’, travels to the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. Marking the centenary of the death of poet, naturalist, nationalist and soldier in 2017, MacMahon invited seven artists to respond to Ledwidge’s life and death, and the exhibition features work by Sven Anderson, Patricia Burns, David Farrell, Clare Langan, Mick O’Dea, Niamh O’Malley and Sasha Sykes. It is presented in conjunction with the Solstice Arts Centre, Co Meath.
Francis Ledwidge: 26 January – 11 March
As part of its World War One exhibition, Cavan County Museum is now home to the largest outdoor replica trench open to the public in Ireland and the UK. The Trench includes sound and visual effects to enhance the experience and educate visitors on life in the trenches in World War One. The trench, built to the specifications and manuals of the Irish Guards and used by the Royal Irish Fusiliers at the Battle of the Somme 1916 is over 350m long and includes frontline, communication and support trenches. Over 6000 sand bags were used in its construction. Also on view at Cavan County Museum are the Clough Oughter Castle exhibition, GAA exhibition, Farnham Gallery and two of the most famous pieces of Celtic and Pagan art in Ireland – the Killycluggan Stone and Ralaghan figure.
At the National Photographic Archive, the National Library of Ireland have opened ‘Photo Detectives’, its first community-sourced exhibition of photographs and stories. Celebrating the NLI’s rich photographic holdings, the exhibition highlights the work of the dedicated global research community which has contributed significantly to uncovering details about these holdings. With twenty-six images and stories, the selection has been drawn from the NLI’s Flickr Commons community, where the public has added tags, comments and descriptions to photographs. The exhibition also features interactive displays, and children’s activities.
NPA: until September 2018
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth, the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork presents ‘Stones, Slabs and Seascapes’, by George Victor du Noyer. Curated by Peter Murray, former director of the Gallery, the exhibition will feature over 150 watercolours and drawings by the antiquarian artist, selected in collaboration with Petra Coffey and Geological Survey Ireland. The exhibition is supported by a special grant from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.
Du Noyer: Until 24 February