St Patrick’s Day event 2016
17th March 2016 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Irish Literary Society will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day 2016 with a members’ only event at two galleries and a lunch. Reserve your place by contacting the ILS Hon. Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
11am – Tour and talk at Photographers’ Gallery
12.30 – lunch
2pm – Tour and talk at Royal Society of Medicine
We will be starting the day at The Photographers Gallery with a talk by curator Luke Dodd and tour of the exhibition. This will followed by lunch and then moving on to the Royal Society of Medicine and the library exhibition The Dublin Doctors an exhibition which describes and celebrates the many advances to medical science made by the 19th century surgeons and physicians of Dublin.
This exhibition is drawn from Sean Sexton’s photographic collection and curated by Luke Dodd. It investigates the significant role played by photography in informing the national consciousness that led to Irish independence, using the 1916 rebellion as a central focal point. It features approximately eighty rarely seen photographs and ephemera, including souvenir postcards, albums, stereoscopic views, press and military photographs.
The exhibition encompasses a broad range of photographic documents of key events during the transformative years between the 1840s and 1930s. These include portraits of executed leaders, scrapbooks, collages and images of rebellion sites collected as memorabilia. Issues of authenticity and manipulation are explored in images of evictions and military drills – possibly staged for the camera. The contribution of women as active participants in the Rising is also addressed, as well as the women who practiced photography early in its development.
The Dublin Doctors exhibition at the Royal Society of Medicine.
This exhibition describes and celebrates the many advances to medical science made by the 19th century surgeons and physicians of Dublin. The practice of medicine was then inevitably involved with the troubled history of Ireland and her aspirations to nationhood. Among the physicians featured in the exhibition are Robert Graves, William Stokes, and Sir William Wilde (father of Oscar). Robert Greenwood, curator of the exhibition and Heritage Officer of the Royal Society of Medicine will give a talk and lead a tour of the exhibition.