Irish Arts Review


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“The Irish Arts Review is a high-quality magazine that has enriched the visual arts in Ireland and has also been vital in raising the standards of the visual arts in Ireland.”

The Irish Arts Review was founded in 1984 and provides a vital and respected connection between artist and audience. Each quarterly edition of the Irish Arts Review includes beautifully illustrated articles written by experts on Irish painting, sculpture, heritage, photography, design and architecture.

The Spring 2024 edition of the Irish Arts Review features a superb selection of articles to enjoy, from Arthur Armstrong to the ‘Belfast Boys’ group of painters Gerard Dillon, George Campbell, Daniel O’Neill and Colin Middleton. In this, the centenary of Armstrong’s birth, Dickon Hall considers his life and work as ‘one of the most significant and innovative Northern Irish painters of the mid-20th century’. This year is also the centenary of the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland, a society set up to support national and public collections by purchasing, gifting or bequeathing art to them. Hilary Pyle tells its story and that of the driving force behind its formation, Sarah Purser. Alongside this, Logan Sisley details the important role Sarah Purser played in the formation of the Hugh Lane Gallery, where an exhibition of the artist’s work is being mounted. The winners of the RDS Visual Art Awards are on show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, where Sarah Kelleher discovers that identity politics are a core concern in their work; playwright Séan O’Casey is the inspiration for painter Mick O’Dea’s latest exhibition, he tells John P O’sullivan; and Kieran Cashell admires Pamela Dunne’s revealing sequence of self-portraits. Aidan Dunne interviews Ursula Burke ahead of her Irish touring exhibition; Isabella Evangelisti regards the ceramic sculptures of Lynsay-Erin Mercer, an award winner in last year’s Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition; and Seamus O’brien looks at watercolours by members of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists. Stanhope Alexander Forbes was a leading figure of the Newlyn School in Cornwall during the 1880s. Philip Mcevansoneya unearths the lesser-known background to the artist’s time in Ireland; and Roger Stalley takes us to friaries of the West of Ireland to admire their impressive architectural legacy – ‘though much remains to be discovered about the masons who created them and the way the designs were conceived’.

It measures 23 x 30 x 0.6 cm.





  • Dimensions: 23 x 30 x 0.6 cm
  • Weight: 555 g
  • Editor: Brigid Mulcahy
  • Publisher: Irish Arts Review
  • Format: Paperback. VOLUME 41. NO. 1
  • ISBN: 9771649217104