HARRY CLARKE - Darkness in Light (2003)

Until 2 February 2020

Duration: 52 minutes (looped),
Monday-Saturday 10 am - 4:45 pm / Sunday 11 am - 3:45 pm


Back by popular demand, Harry Clarke – Darkness in Light (2003) screens in parallel with MYSTERY & IMAGINATION, our annual exhibition of Harry Clarke watercolours.

Featuring expert contributions from Nicola Gordon Bowe, Peadar Lamb, Ciarán MacGonigal, James Scanlon, and Alan Titley, this documentary presents the remarkable story of a singular Irish artist and the collision between Church, State, and Art in the early twentieth century.

Documentarian John J. Doherty examines the life of Clarke and the controversial nature of his work, culminating in his clash with the conservative Irish Free State over his “offensive” masterpiece, the Geneva Window. Visually spectacular and poetically told, Darkness in Light is a fitting showcase of Clarke’s unique and haunting vision.’
Boston Irish Film Festival

Duration: 52 minutes (looped),
Monday-Saturday 10 am - 4:45 pm / Sunday 11 am - 3:45 pm
Writer / Director: John J. Doherty
Producer: Catherine Lyons
A Camel production in association with TG4 / Irish Film Board
© Camel Productions, 2003

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Daphne Wright: A quiet mutiny

15 November 2019–
16 February 2020 

Crawford Art Gallery announces a large-scale commissioned exhibition of new work by artist Daphne Wright from 15 November 2019 – 16 February 2020 titled Daphne Wright: A quiet mutiny. 

Daphne Wright’s work quietly addresses the human condition and the important stages of life we all pass through, that are at once poignant and mundane.  In this exhibition, over two gallery floors, Wright creates worlds that are beautifully eerie: familiar objects from everyday life come under the artist’s scrutiny including buggies, houseplants a fridge and a child’s drawing. Expanding on her existing sculptural practice, Wright focuses on the materiality of dry, unfired clay creating a dichotomy of familiarity and fragility. Wright’s objects are chosen for their momentary quality, these objects are only fleetingly valued in our daily lives. 

Two new videos also feature:
Song of Songs poignantly investigates the relationships of care adults have with more vulnerable family members and in the film Is everyone ok? we see an older man in poor health with his face brightly painted like a lion bearing the mental scars of a career spent in middle management. Calling out team-building clichés, he intersperses these with personal responses to queries about his wife’s health. The effect is unsettling as he resides at the interface between work and retirement, usefulness and redundancy. 

The exhibition Daphne Wright: A quiet mutiny will be accompanied by a publication with texts by Ellen Mara de Watcher and Oliver Basciano.

Artist Talk: 1p m, Friday 15 November 2019 

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MYSTERY & IMAGINATION Harry Clarke Watercolours

30 November 2019–19 January 2020

This annual exhibition follows the success of Dreaming in Blue: Harry Clarke Watercolours and invites visitors to get close to the celebrated Irish artist’s original ink drawings and watercolour studies.

Clarke’s incredibly detailed works illustrate scenes from Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination and John Keats’ beloved poem “The Eve of St Agnes”.

Presented alongside works by fellow artists Margaret Clarke, Seán Keating, and William Orpen, the exhibition will also situate Clarke within his immediate milieu. Delve into the imagination of a true artistic visionary!

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