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Dublin, Art and Empire: Artistic Networks and Cultural Exchange, 1886 - 1949

Dr Kathryn Milligan, Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
Mentor: Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald

This project will examine artistic and cultural connections between Dublin and other cities across the British Isles from the late nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century, mapping networks of artistic and cultural exchange, and how these impacted on the development of art in Dublin. 

Building on my PhD research which focused on artists' depictions of Dublin in this period, this new research will chiefly focus on the work of Walter Osborne, Jack B Yeats, and Harry Kernoff investigating how these artists cultivated and maintained networks across Ireland and Britain, and how this was supported through academies, clubs and societies. The work of these artists and artistic institutions will be mapped against the increasing tension between artistic cosmopolitanism and cultural nationalism in Ireland, as they sought to negotiate a path between the calls for a ‘national’ school of Irish art in the wake of independence, and their position in a wider British and European artistic tradition.


Dr Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewska is the Postdoctoral Researcher under the EU-funded Connecting Early Medieval European Collections (CEMEC) project.

Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Lynda Mulvin

Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewska

Funding: Digital Culture EA-EU Creative Cultures, €192,000

The aim of the project was to develop the exhibition, Crossroads. Traveling through the Middle Agesthat sheds new light on the Middle Ages, and presents the period as an age of exchange, albeit in objects, people and ideas. The project mirrored Anna’s activities as researcher and academic teacher the past 10 years in which she cross-fertilized cultural exchange of objects, iconography, material culture objects, religion, migration and cultural transfers. 

Anna’s role in the project was to conduct research, contribute to the selection of Irish objects, and engage in the development and progress of the digital timeline.  She actively participates in the European research and scholarly activities of project partners and contributed to the Crossroads catalogue.  Anna’s research, collaboration with Irish museums and the selection process produced a wide variety of Irish artefacts that demonstrate sensitivity to and recognition of social and cultural complexity of the early medieval period in Ireland and Europe. Contact >>>