nicky deeley

DUBLIN RESEARCH TRIP

DUBLIN RESEARCH TRIP

2015

As part of the Associates Program at First Site,
we receive a travel grant, and I used it to visit Dublin, Ireland.

First up a meeting with curator Hilary Murray at ArtBox about my upcoming show in 2016. 

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Visited Project Arts Centre, to see brilliant group show ‘Riddle of the Burial Grounds’ curated by Tessa Giblin, which dealt with deep time, the anthropocene, language, and nuclear containment issues. 

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Chester Beatty Library to see one of my favourite painted scrolls, “The Tale of Oeyama”, which involves an epic battle between demons and a band of samurai. The demons make shashimi from young maidens legs! 

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Being introduced , by chance, to the wonderful work of
Irish artist Alice Maher, via the archive at IMMA…

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…and the work of Alice Milligan, poet, theatre producer, and activist (1866–1953).

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A wrong turn on a backstreet led to discovering the independent Lilliput Press and Irish writer John Moriaty’s and his brilliant mythological work ‘Dreamtime’. 

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The Book of Kells at Trinity College. the finest, most delicate linework and intense colours. 

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the best part of the trip, a day journey out to enter Newgrange neolithic celestial observation site, est. 3200BC. 

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Spiral carved entrance stone, Newgrange. 

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Artefact found inside Newgrange. 

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Artefact, National Museum Dublin. 

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Drawing trip to view hundreds of examples in the incredible collection of Blashka Glass Sculptures, housed permanently at the Natural History Museum. 

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Natural History Museum, extinct animals.

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A pretty wonderful selection of terrible Victorian taxidermy.

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Last up , saw the brilliant show/ film by Bedwyr Williams at VISUAL in Carlow, 
and a catch up with Lismore Castle Arts’ Eammon and Maria Maxwell.