Jack Butler Yeats;
The Wandering Gaze / An Misló Swuner

Sat. 6 Jul. – Sat. 28 Sep. 2024

Presented in partnership with Cairde Sligo Arts Festival

Curated by Dr. Julie Brazil

The Wandering Gaze presents a collection of images relative to Travelling people in the work of Jack Butler Yeats. Highlighting Yeats’ keen observations of diversity amongst nomadic groups within Irish society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the exhibition includes sketchbook drawings, illustrated prints, watercolour and oil paintings spanning the breath of his career. The exhibition was developed with participants from the Sligo Traveller Support Group working with the writer and Traveller Culture Collections Development Officer in the National Museum, Oein DeBhairduin.

Artworks are included from the Niland Collection the National Gallery of Ireland, Limerick City Gallery of Art, The Hugh Lane Gallery, The Crawford Museum, IMMA, University of Galway, and private collections.

This exhibition is part of the Hereditas Project, a collaborative arts project led by artist Séamus Nolan in collaboration with Sligo Traveller Support Group and funded by The Arts Council of Ireland’s Art:2023 Centenary programme. Research and Project Management by Niamh Moriarty.


Image credits: Jack B. Yeats, In Capel Street, Dublin, 1923. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. © Estate of Jack B. Yeats. All rights reserved, DACS London / IVARO Dublin 2024

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