Art and Nation Building: Fact and Fiction




A symposium, Art and Nation Building: Fact and Fiction, examines the role of visual art in constructing and critiquing the new state and Irish identity in the aftermath of the Civil War and during the early years of the Free State.

The event focuses on the contribution of the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art (now NCAD) and UCD to the creation of the new state through the activities of its students, former students and academics.

A display of related archival material and artefacts drawn from UCD Special Collections and Archives and those of NIVAL (National Irish Visual Art Library), located at NCAD, will supplement the symposium.

Dr Róisín Kennedy

Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Irish Art at the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy


Dr Róisín Kennedy is a lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Irish Art in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy in UCD.  She is former Yeats curator at the National Gallery of Ireland. She has published widely on modern Irish art and its contexts including chapters in Making 1916 (Liverpool University Press, 2015), Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art, (Irish Academic Press, 2016), Modernist Afterlives in Irish Literature and Culture (Anthem Press, 2016), Modern Ireland and Revolution: Ernie O’Malley in context, (Irish Academic Press, 2016), and Atlas of the Irish Revolution, (Cork University Press, 2017).

Watercolour sketch of robes for Chief Justice of the Irish Free State by Kitty MacCormack Dun Emer Guild 1925-26 UCDA P4 1169 Papers of H

Grace Gifford Dev from To Hold as Twere UCD Special Collections