From January 18th to March 17th 2019, An tSeaneaglais (Glassworks) will host "Coming Home: Art and The Great Hunger", the world's largest collection of famine-related art.
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, is sending its acclaimed art collection to Ireland in 2018-19 where they have been on exhibit at Dublin Castle and Skibbereen—diametric epicenters of the Great Famine — and will be on display at An tSeaneaglais (Glassworks) in Derry in 2019.
The museum’s collection, the only one of its kind in the world, constitutes an incomparable direct link to the past of almost 6.5 million Irish and 40 million Irish-American people.
The death and dispersion of 2 million people, followed by a further 2 million emigrations to the end of the century, makes the exhibition an important gesture of cultural reconnection. The Irish diaspora defines Ireland’s place in the world today. The impact of the Famine is still with its descendants—both at home and abroad.
The famine will be a thematic thread running through IMBOLC Festival, with performances by Green Fields of America, Declan O'Rourke and others. Alongside this, there will be talks, lectures, workshops and school projects.
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