Harry Clarke Celebration Event
Balbriggan Tourism is holding their first event of the year on Saturday 25th February at 2pm.
This event is intended for all art enthusiasts and fans of Harry Clarke (1889-1931). The work of this world-renowned Irish artist is represented in the local church of Saints Peter & Paul in Balbriggan by two exceptionally beautiful stained-glass windows, The Visitation and The Widow’s Son.
There will be a talk in the Church on the topic of Clarke’s Balbriggan windows delivered by the art historian and author Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe. Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe is an Associate Fellow at the Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design in Dublin; Visiting Professor, School of Art and Design Research Institute at the University of Ulster; and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Wales. She has published and lectured widely on aspects of the early twentieth century Arts and Crafts Movement and the Celtic Revival. Her most recent publications include a revised and updated edition of her seminal biography Harry Clarke: The Life and Work, and a biography of Ulster-born stained glass and graphic artist Wilhelmina Geddes, published by The Four Courts Press, Dublin in 2015.
Dr Gordon Bowe’s talk will be followed by an unveiling of permanent, large-scale plaques which will be placed on a wall outside the Church in celebration of the two Balbriggan stained-glass windows.