Researchers at UCD


Carla Briggs

Curator of Slides

School Of Art History & Cultural Policy
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168403


Following the completion of her postgraduate studies in 1994 Carla Briggs taught at Limerick School of Art & Design until her appointment as Slide Curator at UCD School of Art History & Cultural Policy in 1998.  Since 2000 she has been director of the Diploma and Purser-Griffith Lectures in the History of European Painting.
Previously, she worked variously for the Education departments of the National Gallery of Ireland and Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane as guide, researcher, summer course co-ordinator and lecturer.  She also worked as a tutor on the Art History BA programme at UCD, and devised and taught a number of Art History courses for the Adult Education Centre from 1994-2004.
In addition, she has worked as picture researcher for a number of books and exhibitions.  This work included research for an exhibition of the paintings of Mary Herbert and the collation a catalogue of her work for the Trustees of Muckross House, Killarney, and acting as a picture editor for The Encyclopaedia of Ireland [B. Lalor (ed.), Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 2003].
She is co-editor of and contributor to Art History after Françoise Henry: 50 years at UCD - 1965-2015 (Gandon Editions, 2016).




Association: Irish Association of Art Historians, Function/Role: Member

Conference Contributions

Carla Briggs; (2009) Margaret Clarke (1884-1961) and the question of her 'history' paintings. [Oral Presentation], Familiar but Unknown – Irish Women Artists and Artisans: Methods and Methodologies of Remembering, Emmet Theatre, Trinity College Dublin , 17-OCT-09 - 17-OCT-09.


Committee : Artefact: Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians: Co-Editor 2008-2014
Committee : Irish Association of Art Historians
Committee : Irish Association of Art Historians: Hon Secretary - 1998-2001
Committee : Irish Association of Art Historians: Chair - 2008-2012


Year 1990 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 1994 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MA Subject:



Outreach Activities

Contributions to the lecture programmes at the National Gallery of Ireland include -

2017, June: Margaret Clarke's 'Nude"
2017, May: Margaret Clarke RHA as a History Painter 
2013, January: The Influence of Claude on Turner
2012, January: Romantic Landscape and the Influence of Claude on Turner
2011, November: Innovating Portraiture: Katherina Knoblauch & Stella with a Flowered Hat
2010, November: Lavinia Fontana's The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon
2009, June: Harry & Margaret Clarke & the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art
2008, June: James Tissot [1836-1902]: A fashionable realist

Contributions to Lecture Series at the IPAV - Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers include -

2017, November: Catherine the Great: patron of the arts II
2017, October: Catherine the Great: patron of the arts I 
2017, January: Caspar David Friedrich: the sublime & the spiritual
2016, November: Hans Holbein in England II: painting at the Tudor Court 
2016, November: Hans Holbein in England I: establishing a reputation
2015, February: The sale of the Gonzaga Art collection: the greatest art deal of the seventeenth century
2015, January: Mantua and the Gonzaga: patrons and collectors
2014, November: The Chapel of the Magi & the Medici: processions, portraits & politics
2014, November: The Attempted Martyrdom of Sts Cosmas & Damian: San Marco & the Medici
2012, February: The Studiolo of Francesco de Medici: the context of Medici patronage & collections 
2017, February: Invited Lecture - 'Margaret Clarke RHA: an artist in her own right', Newry and Mourne Museum, Newry.
2014, October: Invited Lecture - 'Impressionism: painting the modern moment', Greystones Art Group.
2011, November: Invited Lecture - 'Lavinia Fontana's The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba at the Court of Solomon', Friends of the Rotunda Hospital.

2011, August: '150th  Anniversary  of  the  Visit  of Queen  Victoria  to  Muckross' Lectures, Muckross  House,  Killarney. Mary Herbert & the Victorian Lady Amateur

Journals Edited

Artefact: Co-Editor.



Book Chapters

Carla Briggs (2016) 'Metamorphoses: a history of art history at UCD' In: C. Briggs, N. Figgis, L. Mulvin & P. Murphy (eds). Art History after Françoise Henry: 50 years at UCD - 1965-2015. Kinsale, Co Cork: Gandon Editions. , pp.12-25 [Details]
Carla Briggs; (2010) 'Margaret Clarke's history paintings' In: Eimear O'Connor (eds). Irish Women Artists 1800-2009 Familiar but Unknown. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
Briggs, C.; (2005) 'The Landscape Painters' In: Larner, J (eds). Killarney - History & Heritage. Ireland: The Collins Press. [Details]

Edited Books

Carla Briggs, Nicola Figgis, Lynda Mulvin & Paula Murphy (Ed.). (2016) Art History after Françoise Henry: 50 years at UCD - 1965-2015. Kinsale, Co Cork: Gandon Editions. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Briggs, Carla (2017) 'Out of the Shadows'. Irish Arts Review, 34 (2):276-280. [Details]


Briggs, Carla (2017) Margaret Clarke (1884-1961) An Independent Spirit (Essay in Exhibition Catalogue 'Margaret Clarke An Independent Spirit). Dublin: Catalogue [Details]
Butler, P. and McCoole, S. and Briggs, C.; (1999) Mary Herbert of Muckross House 1817-1893: A Nineteenth Century Lady. Catalogue [Details]
Carla Briggs (1997) Various catalogue entries, in 'A Century of Irish Painting: Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin'. Dublin: Catalogue [Details]

Dictionary Entry

Carla Briggs (2004) Kathleen Fox in 'Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon'. Dictionary Entry [Details]
Carla Briggs (1997) Margaret Clarke in 'Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon'. Dictionary Entry [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

Carla Briggs (2014) Margaret Clarke (in Art and Architecture of Ireland: Twentieth Century). Dublin, New Haven & London: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]


Teaching Philosophy

Since 2000 I have been director and lecturer of the Diploma in the History of European Painting & Purser-Griffith Lectures. This two-year Diploma examines the history of painting in Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the late 19th century. I also contribute occasionally to the Art History BA programme.