New Major Exhibition Coming to Hunt Museum – Interprets the Essence & Soul of the West of Ireland


THE Hunt Museum’s summer exhibition “A Wild Atlantic Way” (opening on 9 July) gives visitors the chance to travel the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kinsale and experience the essence and soul of Ireland through a series of atmospheric and strikingly evocative paintings by 30 artists.

Featuring works created between 1800’s and 2019 by Irish born artists or artists drawn to Ireland by the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way, this major exhibition accentuates traditional habits and ways of life – remembering people and history through painting.

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The inspiration for the exhibition first came to Naomi O’Nolan, Head of Exhibitions at The Hunt Museum, when she spent time on the West Coast of Ireland during the first lockdown of 2020.

She noted, “For centuries, the majestical West of Ireland and the uniqueness of its coastline has attracted artists from all over the world. This exhibition focuses on the allure of the West Coast of Ireland to artists both past and present and how they have captured the ways of life and customs of people living and working on the coastline as well as the power and the beauty of the land and seascape.”

The exhibition is very timely given Limerick has just been designated as a Wild Atlantic Way Gateway City by Failte Ireland.

Jill Cousins, Director, The Hunt Museum, said “As Limerick seeks to create new and improved visitor experiences, we’re delighted to present this major exhibition, endorsed by Failte Ireland and linked to Limerick’s new designation as a Wild Atlantic Way Gateway City.

“It will  give visitors another reason to visit the city. With so many themes explored and works by very well-known artists, this staycation-inspired exhibition really has something for everyone.”

A show of both national and international significance, the exhibition will feature approximately 50 works, many from private collections which are not normally available for public viewing, together with some pertinent pieces from National Cultural Institutions.

The variety of artistic practice from the earliest work in the exhibition Samuel Lover’s The Kelp Burners (1835) to Donald Teskey’s ‘Turn in the Weather’ (2016) and John Shinnor’s portrayal of Loop Head (2019) bear testament to the enduring attraction of the West of Ireland to artists.

The theme of travel is further illustrated with a selection of illustrated travel books by artists and travellers from the 19th century to today. “A Wild Atlantic Way” offers a glimpse into how artists viewed and still view the West and the different approaches they take when responding to it, through their mastery in many different styles and techniques.

Over the summer, The Hunt Museum will have lots of events and activities to support the exhibition including: Family workshops, En Plein Air with local artists such as John Shinnors and Charlie Harper, a Masterclass in Landscape painting with Joseph Kelly, Podcasts by experts and the living artists alongside online lectures and talks.

Dates of Exhibition:   9 July – 3 October 2021

Tickets: Adults €10, Children go Free. Booking is essential to comply with Covid19 restrictions. You can book tickets online or by calling (061) 312 833.

An Atlantic Drive (1944) Jack B. Yeats
Top of the Hill Grace Henry
Simple Folk Sean Keating
The Old Woman Paul Henry
Woman in the Burren Barrie Cooke
Roundstone Evening Arthur Armstrong
Claddagh Market, Galway Grace Henry
A Quaint Couple Charles Lamb
Shoreline, Sligo Sean McSweeney
Going to Mass James Humbert Craig
The Way Home Daniel O’Neill
Returning Islanders Gerard Dillon
Dancing at the Crossroads James Humbert Craig
Giant Muldoon at The West End Village, Tory Island James Dixon
Fair Day, Westport Lilian Davidson
Parknasilla Estella Solomons
The Islanders, Aran Basil Rakoczi
The Long Road (Connemara funeral) Gerard Dillon
St. Mac Dara’s pattern Diarmuid O Ceallachain
A Fair Day, Roundstone Maurice MacGonigal
Turn in the Weather Donald Teskey
Lisheen William Crozier
Achill Village, County Mayo Eva Hamilton
Cottage Interior, Connemara Maurice Wilks
Night at Claddagh Lilian Davidson
Self Portrait on Western Shore Daniel O’Neill
Resting Tinkers Gerard Dillon
Achill Horses Mainie Jellett
A Connemara Girl Augustus Burke
Tory Gully Derek Hill
12 Bens Paul Henry
The Gathering Maurice MacGonigal
Turf Gatherer Sean Keating
Waiting for the Tide Sean Keating
Hearing the news Charles Lamb
Kelp Gatherers Samuel Lover
Inish Tearaght, West Coast of Ireland (1883) Richard Brydges Beechey
Cows by a Stream, Cloudy day, near Kilkee, Co Clare Nathaniel Hone (1831- 1917)
Waves & Rocks, Bundoran Nathaniel Hone
Unloading the turf Connemara Thomas Rose Miles
Headline at Kilgalligan ll Pat Harris
Atlantic 2004 Mary Lohan
Old Dugort, Achill Island Sarah Purser
Under the Mountains of Mayo Letitia Hamilton
View of Kinsale Patrick Hennessy
Westcoast, Tralee Bay near Castlegregory Jack B Yeats
Western Boatmen Lilian Davidson
Allihies Village 1976 Tim Goulding
The Gap of Dunloe Bartholomew Colles Watkins
Morning Light, Aughrus Bay (1981) Barbara Warren
Galway Girl Alfred Fripp
Flying Over the Shannon Estuary Camille Souter
Gorteen George Campbell
Mass in a Connemara Cabin Aloysius O Kelly