An Illustrated lecture by Rita Duffy, leading Irish artist at
Townhall Cavan Arts Space, Townhall St, Cavan
15 June at 7.30pm
Rita Duffy is an exciting Irish artist making work that is relevant to Irish life today and informed by her interpretation of history and meaning. Meet the artist and listen to her talking about her work at Townhall, Cavan on Thursday 15 June at 7.30pm. This lecture is a 'go to' for the curious, students of art and everyone in general!
Read about Rita Duffy on her website: www.ritaduffystudio.com
Recent work includes:
The Souvenir Project was created by Rita Duffy, Cavan based artist as one of the 1916 commemoration projects and funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, with support from Cavan County Council and the involvement of the Irish Country Women’s Association (ICA). The Souvenir Shop examines the shifting meanings and commoditisation of gestures and symbols associated with the revolution, examining how the images, objects and themes of the 1916 Easter Rising and conflict more generally become ‘souvenirs’. The work also explores how ordinary people and everyday heroes cope with conflict and resolution. The artist transformed the historical and everyday into the magical while questioning public attitudes towards violence, commemoration and national identity. Referencing the city centre shop once owned by Proclamation signatory Tom Clarke, Duffy created a shop in Dublin city centre filled with foodstuffs, goods and medicines woven into everyday things during the 1916 Commemorations last year. The exhibition has since toured to the Irish Cultural Centre, Paris and West Cork.
A year after its creation at the artist’s studio in the Old Courthouse, Ballyconnell the work is returning to Cavan.