Researchers at UCD

Roisin Kennedy


School of Art History & Cultural Policy

Tel: 353 1 7168625


Dr. Róisín Kennedy is a graduate of UCD and the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the critical reception of modernist art in Ireland, the role and function of art writing post 1880, and on  the position of women as artists and subjects in modernist art.  She completed an IRCHSS funded PhD on Politics of Vision: Critical Writing on Art in Ireland, 1939 -1972 in 2006She has published widely on the subject in edited collections and in CircaIrish Arts Review and Third Text

 She was awarded an Arts Council Bursary in Curatorship by the Arts Council in 1998 for which she curated and catalogued the historic and contemporary state collection at Dublin Castle, and wrote Dublin Castle Art, (1999). She is former Yeats Curator at the National Gallery of Ireland, (2006-08), where she curated The Fantastic in Irish Art and Masquerade and Spectacle: The Travelling Fair in the Work of Jack B. Yeats in 2007.  


Honours and Awards

Year: 2016.
Title: Advisory Panel NIVAL
Year: 2016.
Title: Trustee O'Malley Archive National Library of Ireland National Photographic Archive
Year: 2016.
Title: Member Dublin City Council Arts Advisory Group
Year: 2000.
Title: Government of Ireland Research Scholarship in the Humanities
Year: 1998.
Title: Arts Council/Office of Public Works Bursary in Art Curatorship
Year: 2003.
Title: Faculty of Arts Teaching Fellowship
Year: 2001.
Title: Bursary - - John Hewitt International Summer School
Year: 2009.
Title: Director W.B.Yeats Winter School

Conference Contributions

Roisin Kennedy (2016) Hugh Lane Gallery: Mausoleum or Museum. [International Refereed Conference], Making Memory, National Gallery of Ireland , 13-OCT-16 - 15-OCT-16.
Roisin Kennedy (2016) The Carrolls Prizes. [Invited Lecture], Best of Decades - Exhibitions of the 60s, Dublin City Gallery, Hugh Lane , 09-SEP-16 - 09-SEP-16.
Roisin Kennedy (2016) W.B. Yeats and Visual Art in the Irish Free State. [Invited Lecture], W.B. Yeats: Art Writing and Righting Art, Trinity College Dublin , 08-OCT-16 - 08-OCT-16.
Dr. Aintzane Legarreta and Dr. Roisin Kennedy (2015) Irish Modernist Women: Networks of Production, Exchange and Dissemination. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Irish Modernist Women: Networks of Production, Exchange and Dissemination, Humanities Institute, UCD , 06-MAR-15 - 06-MAR-15.
Dr. Marta Bustillo (2015) Reflecting the State. The Harry Clarke Studio Windows and Public Religious Art in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Clarke Studios Symposium, Trinity Long Room Hub , 06-FEB-15 - 06-MAR-15.
Dr. Roisin Kennedy (2014) The Geneva Window: a macabre 'synthesis' of art and literature. [International Refereed Conference], Lattitudes ACIS, UCD , 11-JUN-14 - 14-JUN-14.
Dr. Anne Dolan and Prof. Eunan O'Halpin (2014) Visual Art in the Emergency. [Invited Oral Presentation], Centre for Contemporary Irish History Seminar Series, Trinity Long Room Hub , 01-OCT-14 - 01-OCT-14.
Association of Art Historians, UK, Annual Conference (2014) Censorsing, silencing the artwork. [International Refereed Conference], AAH 2014 Annual Conference, Royal College of Art, London , 10-APR-14 - 12-APR-14.
Glucksman Ireland, NYU (2014) Flamboyant, Gothic, Romanesque: The Language of Art and Revolution. [Keynote Address], Ernie O'Malley Symposium on Modern Ireland and Revolution, Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, New York , 25-APR-14 - 26-APR-14.
TRIARC, Trinity College Dublin (2014) Nudes and Spirals. Ways of Seeing Irish art and artists post 1969. [Invited Oral Presentation], Symposium in Honour of Catherine Marshall, Trinity College Dublin , 08-MAR-14 - 08-MAR-14.
Chaired Cormac O'Malley (2014) On Mexican and Native American Art: Ernie O'Malley's Transtlantic Connections. [International Refereed Conference], ACIS Lattitudes, O'Brien Science Centre, UCD , 11-JUN-14 - 14-JUN-14.
NUI Maynooth (2013) Busts and Masks : the problem of commemorating 1916. [Invited Oral Presentation], Memory, Modernism and Media, NUI, Maynooth , 21-JUN-13 - 22-JUN-13.
Kennedy, Roisin; (2011) Irish Art History, Thomas MacGreevy and the Capuchin Annual. [International Refereed Conference], Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, UK, University of Warwick , 31-MAR-11 - 02-APR-11.
Kennedy, Roisin; (2011) Art History Panel. [Chaired Session], Reconstructing the Revival: Interdisciplinary Approaches, HII, UCd , 09-SEP-11 - 10-SEP-11.
Kennedy, Roisin ; (2010) Irish art and Irish identity - Whose Ireland?. [Keynote Address], Whose Ireland? Midwest-Irish Studies Annual Conference, Grand State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan , 21-OCT-10 - 23-OCT-10.
Kennedy, Roisin; (2010) Tracing 1916 - visual art and related sources. [Invited Oral Presentation], 1916 and After, Moore Institute, NUI Galway , 06-NOV-10 - 06-NOV-10.
Kennedy, Roisin ; (2010) Lost in Translation: Irish Art and Irish Art History. [Keynote Address], Writing Irish Art History, TRIARC, Trinity College Dublin , 20-NOV-10 - 20-NOV-10.
Kennedy, Roisin ; (2009) Irish Catholicism and Perceptions of Visual Art in the Emergency. [International Refereed Conference], Catholicism and Public Cultures, IADT, Dun Laoghaire , 17-JUN-09 - 19-JUN-09.
Kennedy, Roisin; (2008) Exhibitions and education. [Invited Lecture], Irish Art. Periphery and Centre, Princess Grace Library, Monaco , 19-SEP-08 - 21-SEP-08.


Committee : Irish American Cultural Institute O'Malley Award



Kennedy, R.; (2007) Jack B. Yeats: Masquerade & Spectacle - The Circus and the Travelling Fair in the Work of Jack B. Yeats. Dublin: National Gallery of Ireland. [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (1999) Dublin Castle Art - The Historical and Contemporary Collection. Dublin: Government Stationary Office. [Details]

Book Chapters

Roisin Kennedy (2017) 'The Easter Lily' In: John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy John Borgonovo (eds). Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Cork: Cork University Press. , pp.861-863 [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2017) 'The Death of Cúchulainn' In: John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy John Borgonovo (eds). Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Cork: Cork University Press. , pp.861-863 [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2017) 'Visual Culture of the Irish Revolution' In: John Crowley Donal ó Drisceoil Mike Murphy John Borgonova (eds). Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Cork: Cork University Press. , pp.910-916 Available Online [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2016) ''Flamboyant, Gothic, Romanesque': Art and Revolution in the mind of Ernie O¿Malley¿' In: Cormac O'Malley (eds). Modern Ireland and Revolution: Ernie O¿Malley in Context. Dublin New York: Irish Academic Press in conjunction with Glucksman Ireland House, New York University. , pp.17-27 [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2016) 'Native Traditions and modern imperatives: Mexico and Ireland in the imagination of Ernie O'Malley' In: Carla Briggs Nicola Figgis Lynda Mulvin Paula Murphy (eds). Art History After Francoise Henry. Cork: Gandon. , pp.126-139 [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2014) 'Cubism and Irish Art' In: Catherine Marshall and Peter Murray (eds). Art and Architecture of Ireland 5 20th century Art and Artists. Dublin London: Yale University Press and RIA. , pp.101-104 [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2014) 'Critical Writing in the Media' In: Catherine Marshall and Peter Murray (eds). Art and Architecture of Ireland 5 20th century art and artists. Dublin and London: Yale University Press and Royal Irish Academy. , pp.91-96 [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2016) 'Storm in a Teacup: Irish Modernist Art' In: Paige Reynolds (eds). Modernist Afterlives in Irish Literature and Culture. London New York: Anthem Press. , pp.111-124 [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2016) 'Art and Uncertainty: Painting in Ireland 1912-1932' In: Brendan Rooney (eds). Creating History. Stories of Ireland in Art. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. , pp.154-171 [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2015) 'The Capuchin Annual: visual art and the legacy of 1916, one generation on' In: Lisa Godson Joanne Bruck (eds). Making 1916. The material and visual culture of the Easter Rising. Liverpool UK: Liverpool University Press. , pp.154-163 [Details]
Kennedy, R. (2013) 'Wrong-headed or In control: Cubism, a Feminist Aesthetic' In: Sean Kissane (eds). Analyzing Cubism. Dublin: IMMA. , pp.76-84 [Details]
Riann Coulter and Roisin Kennedy (2013) ''It is only by learning to fully understand the past that we can most easily come to realise the significance of the present': Thomas MacGreevy, Art and Art Historian' In: Schreibman, S (eds). The Life and Work of Thomas MacGreevy. A Critical Reappraisal. London, New York: Bloomsbury Press. , pp.51-64 [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2010) 'Experimentalism or mere Chaos. The White Stag Group and the Reception of Subjective Art in Ireland' In: Taafe, C. & Keown, E (eds). Irish Modernism. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]
Kennedy, Roisin; (2010) 'Lhotes Wives. Scapegoating women artists, 1962-84' In: Eimear O'Connor (eds). Irish Women Artists, 1800-2009: familiar but unknown. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2001) 'The Holes were definitely greater than the parts. The critical reception of Henry Moore’s sculpture in Dublin' In: Murphy, P (eds). Confraternity or Confrontation. Monumental Sculpture: Ireland and the UK. Dublin: University College Dublin, Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. [Details]
R. Kennedy; (2009) 'Introduction' In: Dublin City Gallery (eds). The Collection Revealed: Cubism. Dublin: Dublin City Gallery. [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2009) 'Jack Yeats and Dublin' In: Foley, D (eds). The Only Art of Jack B. Yeats. Letters and Essays. Dublin: Lilliput Press. , pp.150-158 Link to full text [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2008) 'Divorcing Jack From Irish Politics' In: Scott, Y (eds). Jack B. Yeats: Old and New Departures. Dublin: Four Courts Press. , pp.33-46 Available Online [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2007) 'The Burns Collection – Irish Art in its Global Perspective' In: Kennedy, R.; (eds). A century of Irish Painting. Selections from the Brian P. Burns Collection. Arizona: Pheonix Museum of Art. , pp.9-22 [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2004) 'Searching for the Vital Form' In: Kennedy, R.; (eds). Edward Delaney RHA. Bronzes from the Sixties. Dublin: Royal Hibernian Academy. , pp.7-13 [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2004) 'William Scott and F.E. McWilliam' In: Kennedy, R.; (eds). The Hunter Gatherer. The Collection of George and Maura McClelland at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Dublin: Christie¿s & IMMA. , pp.79-81 [Details]

Edited Books

Roisin Kennedy Cormac O'Malley (Ed.). (2017) Nobody's Business. The Aran Diaries of Ernie O'Malley. Dublin: Lilliput Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Roisin Kennedy (2015) 'Transmitting Avant-garde Art: Post-impressionism in a Dublin Context'. Visual Resources, 31 (1-2):61-73. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2013) 'Review Fionna Barber Art in Ireland since 1910'. Burlington Magazine, . [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2013) 'The Irish Imagination 1971 Stereotype or Strategy'. Journal of Art Historiography, 9 . Available Online [Details]
Kennedy, Roisin (2012) 'Review Marie Bourke, 'The Story of Irish Museums 1790-2000''. Burlington Magazine, 154 :205-206. [Details]
Kennedy, Roisin; (2011) 'The Moderns at IMMA'. Burlington Magazine, CLIII (1297):275-277. [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2008) ''In the Frame''. Irish Arts Review, 27 (4):78-79. [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2007) ''Masquerade and Spectacle''. Irish Arts Review, 24 (3):62-63. [Details]
Kennedy, R. ; (2007) ''The Fantastic in Irish Art''. Irish Arts Review, 24 (1):58-59. [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2005) 'Made in England . Louis le Brocquy's 'A Family''. Third Text (Ireland Special Issue), 76 (19):475-487. [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2002) ''Art for the Public - William Scott and F.E.McWilliam at Altnagelvin''. Irish Arts Review, 18 :55-61. [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2002) ''Irish Art and the Emergency - A Turning Point''. Circa, 92 :24-26. [Details]

Other Journals

Kennedy, Roisin; (2011) 'Brenda Moore-McCann's 'Brian O'Doherty/Patrick Ireland: Between Categories'' Artefact - Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians (Issue 4/2010) :62-65. [Details]
Kennedy, Roisin ; (2009) 'review E. O'Connor, Sean Keating in Context: responses to culture and politics in post-civil war Ireland' Artefact (3) :95-98. Link to full text [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2005) 'SSI 25 years of Change' Visual Arts Newsletter . [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2001) 'The Rouault Controversy: An Insight into the Politics of Irish Art' PaGES, (UCD Faculty of Arts, Postgraduate Research in Progress) 8 :41-56. [Details]


Kennedy, Roisin (2017) Art, Nature and Modernity in the work of Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry. Limerick: Catalogue [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2016) Out of Step Michael Kane. modernism and Irish Art History. Dublin: Catalogue Link to full text [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2013) Wrong-headed or In control : Cubism, a Feminist Aesthetic. Dublin: Catalogue [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2014) The Niland Collection. Sligo: Catalogue [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2014) 'Patrick Scott and the White Stag Group: A Childish Perspective'. Dublin: Catalogue [Details]

Dictionary Entry

Kennedy, R.; (2009) Thomas Bodkin. Dictionary Entry [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

Roisin Kennedy (2016) Come Gather me Parnellites Jack B. Yeats. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2014) Jack B. Yeats. London Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2014) Edward Delaney. Dublin and London: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2014) Janet Mullarney. Dublin and London: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2014) Cliodna Cussen. Dublin and London: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Roisin Kennedy (2014) George Russell. Dublin and London: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2003) Exhibition of Subjective Art. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Kennedu, R.; (2003) Michael Kane. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Kennedy, B.; (2003) Irish Exhibition of Living Art. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2003) William Orpen. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2003) White Stag Group. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]

Book Reviews

Kennedy, R (2012) The Story of Irish Museums 1790-2000. Culture, Identity and Education. Book Reviews [Details]

Review Articles

Kennedy, R.; (2006) The State of Art History in Ireland, Replies and Responses. Review Articles [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2003) Lorna Simpson and Laura Gannon. Dublin and Belfast: Review Articles [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2003) Wall of Limerick. Review Articles [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2002) RHA Prizewinners. Review Articles [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2002) Home. Review Articles [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2002) Michael Craig-Martin, Landscapes. Review Articles [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (2001) \i Rebecca Horn at IMMA0. Review Articles [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (1997) \i Art of the State0. Review Articles [Details]
Kennedy, R. ; (1994) \i Anthony Davies at the Project Arts Centre0. Review Articles [Details]
Kennedy, R.; (1993) \i Unspoken Truths, IMMA0. Review Articles [Details]


Research Interests

Dr. Róisín Kennedy's research focuses on the critical reception of modernist art in Ireland, the role and function of art writing post 1880, on  the position of women as artists and subjects in modernist art, and on the role of censorship and ideology in the production and patronage of modern art. She is currently preparing for publication a book on attitudes towards modernist art in Ireland 1922-77. 

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Art and Nation Building ¿ Imaginings and Realities
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-16 / 31-OCT-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19


Teaching Philosophy

Currently teaching - AH20030 Modernism; AH40160 Approaches to Art History: Resources and Methods.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Member of BA Programme Review 2016-17 School Head of Teaching and Learning



External Collaborators

Dr. Riann Coulter, Curator F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge.
Professor Fintan Cullen, Professor of  Art History, University of Nottingham.
Dr. Aintzane Legarreta, IMMA.
Dr. Angela Griffith, Department of History of Art and Architecture,  Trinity College Dublin and Dr. Marguerite Helmers, Department of English, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, USA.
Aoife Ruane, Director Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda and Niamh McGuinne, Paper conservator, National Gallery of Ireland.