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Mairead Dunlevy Commemorative Lecture Series at UL


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Pictured L-R: Don Barry (UL President), John Reihill, Dr. Claudia Kinmonth MA (RCA), John Quinn (MC) & Gerard Boylan (Acting Group Chief executive TOP Oil).

Mairead Dunlevy Commemorative Lecture Series at UL

Through Artists' Eyes: Irish Farmhouse Interiors and Costumes

The University of Limerick today announced the establishment of an annual commemorative lecture series in memory of the late Mairead Dunlevy, artist, historian and founder of the Hunt Museum. For the inaugural lecture in the series, UL welcomed Dr Claudia Kinmonth MA (RCA). Dr Kinmonth delivered a lecture entitled; "Through Artists' Eyes: Irish Farmhouse Interiors and Costumes as depicted in 19th Century paintings". The lecture took place on Wednesday 24th February, 2010 in the Foundation Building, University of Limerick.

Claudia Kinmonth trained at the Royal College of Art, and worked subsequently at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, and at Sir John Soane's Museum. Her books  'Irish Country Furniture 1700-1950', and 'Irish Rural Interiors in Art', together amount to a social history of the Irish farmhouse. Her talk illustrated how people created ingeniously functional furniture despite shortage of materials, and overcrowded housing. Kinmonth's work has often coincided with that of the late Mairead Dunlevy. Where Kinmonth focussed on furniture, Dunlevy's preceding and pioneering book 'Dress in Ireland' explored Irish clothing. Kinmonth's lecture highlighted where these areas of research overlap and complement each other.

University of Limerick President, Professor Don Barry said; "We are delighted to launch the 1st in the series of Mairead Dunlevy Commemorative Lectures which commemoratives the work of one of Ireland's greatest curators, a driving force behind the establishment of the Collins Barracks exhibition and the Hunt Museum. Mairead's legacy will benefit generations to come."

The Mairead Dunlevy Commemorative Lecture Series focuses on her life, career and legacy through thought-provoking and stimulating lectures and debate in fields of endeavour related to Mairead's specialisms. The lecture series is part of University of Limerick's commitment to scholarship and to the development of programmes in the Decorative Arts and related fields. 

This event is sponsored by TOP Oil. Gerard Boylan, Acting Group Chief Executive for TOP Oil said; "We are delighted to be associated with The Mairead Dunlevy Commemorative Lectures and in particular for them to be based in Limerick. TOP Oil has a long association with Limerick and the West of Ireland. We have been involved at Shannon Airport since its inception and have also expanded our business in the West, through the acquisition of the Sweeney Oil fuel distribution business in August 2009"


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