Visual Arts in County Clare
Situated on the west coast of Ireland south of Galway and north of Limerick in the province of Munster, County Clare is home to The Burren - a unique area of limestone hills and fields popular with landscape artists - the 700 foot high Cliffs of Moher, and Shannon International Airport. It has a population of 101,266 and its capital is Ennis.
Early Visual Arts
The history of Irish visual arts is considered to begin with early carvings found at burial mounds such as Newgrange. Later examples of these Neolithic structures are Wedge Tombs, which can be found in various sites across County Clare. Another artifact from the early history of Irish art in Clare is the Celtic High Cross at Kilfenora. Originally occupied by a monastery started by St Fachtna, it is now the site of a twelfth century Cathedral. Celtic High Crosses were one of the great contributions to Western European free-standing sculpture.
For a list of buildings/sites of
historical, architectural or
artistic significance, see:
Architectural Monuments Ireland and
Archeological Monuments Ireland.
Famous Visual Artists
Famous modern artists born in or associated with County Clare, include:
Barrie Cooke, (Abstract Expressionist Painter) and Anne Madden, (Abstract Painter). Other renowned artists include: Fredrick William Burton, (Watercolourist), Catherine Kingcome, (Realistic Oil Painter), William Mulready, (Rural Artist and Genre Painter), Mick O'Dea, (Portrait Artist), James O'Halloran, (Impressionist Landscape and Interior Painter), Samuel Walsh, (Contemporary Artist) and Patrick Walshe, (Watercolourist), Tomás O'Maoldomhnaigh (classical realist portrait painter), Carmel Madigan, and Carmel Doherty M.Phil.
Arts and Cultural Centres
Here is a small selection of arts, crafts
and other cultural venues in County Clare.
Burren Display Centre
Corofin Heritage Centre
Cliffs of Moher Interpretive Centre
East Clare Heritage Centre
Killaloe Heritage Centre
Ennis Art Gallery
The Lahinch Art Gallery
Other County Clare galleries include:
De Valera Gallery, Ennis: 065-6846353
Other Arts Resources
Art schools and studios in County Clare include:
Burren College of Art
Burren Painting Centre
Mountain Lodge Pottery and Art School
Tulla Stables Studios
For more about Irish culture, see:
Ireland Visual Arts.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF IRISH ART