IAAH Events

The Irish Association of Art Historians maintains a programme of lectures, events, seminars and tours to significant sites in Ireland and abroad.  The Committee aims to ensure a broad and varied programme.  Many events are exclusive to the members, but a number are open to guests and non-members. Check out our most recent newsletter for booking details on the events underneath (as well as alternative forthcoming events in Ireland).



Christmas 2022 Event

IAAH Christmas Lecture and Wine Reception

Thursday 8th December 6pm – 8pm

Members Conference Room, RDS, Ballsbridge.

Students €10

Members and Friends €15 each.

Booking available on Eventbrite now using this link:


Eventbrite booking is preferred but attendees may also pay on the night. We need to give numbers attending to the RDS so If paying on the night, please confirm by reply to iaahevents@gmail.com

Please use the members entrance on Merrion Road

Free Parking in RDS Car Park.

Bus 7, 7A, 4 & 18.

Our speaker for this year will be practicing artist: Stephen Lawlor.

Visit to TCD Provost’s House, Yeats’ Room, and The Stables (Irish Art Research Centre). 16/11/2023.

We are re-starting IAAH activity, and later this month, 16th November 2023, we have organised a visit to the Provost’s House in Trinity College for members. This free event includes access to the Yeats Room to see sixteen rarely exhibited important Jack B. Yeats paintings. This trip will also include a visit to the Provost House Stables now home to the Irish Art Research Centre. The Stables were originally designed by Frederick Darley junior in 1841 and restored by the award-winning architects, O’Donnell+Tuomey. Please sign up to attend by emailing iaahevents@gmail.com

IAAH AGM  – 24th September 2022.

We are delighted to announce that our AGM will be held on 24th September at the United Arts Club, Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2. 10am-12.30pm.
September is a good time to make plans and return to a routine after the more laid-back vibes of summer. There is a new year feel to this time and thus we are reviving the I.A.A.H. with the forthcoming general meeting.

This is a morning not to be missed.  The meeting will be followed by a talk from a popular art historian who specialises in Irish modern and contemporary art and design.  We will of course serve tea and coffee and as always, we welcome your ideas for events etc.

Anne O’Leary
Chair, IAAH

Next IAAH Outing  – 11 February 2020.

Tue, 11 February 2020, 11:00 – 16:00

Tour of the Oratory with Dr. Sighle Bhreathnach-Lynch, followed by a light lunch at Oliveto Restaurant and a tour of the Lexicon.

Created to mark the end of WWI and to commemorate the many local Irishmen who had fought and died on the Western Front, the Oratory in Dun Laoghaire was built in 1919, and hand-painted by Sister M. Concepta Lynch between the years 1920-36. The stunning result is a highly-regarded masterpiece of the Celtic Revival style. The windows were provided by the Harry Clarke Studio in Dublin.

Please book through Eventbrite. The total cost for the outing is €18.

Please email iaahevents@gmail.com to reserve your place.

IAAH/Artefact Symposium 2020

Call for Abstracts

Date extended to January 27th

Saturday, March 21st 2020 University College Dublin, School of Art History & Cultural Policy

Together, the Irish Association of Art Historians and Artefact: Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians, are holding a Symposium to celebrate and encourage current research in Art History & Visual Culture in Ireland.

We are interested in unpublished work on any topic relevant to the discipline. The call is open to all and we hope to hear from practising artists, curators, art historians and students of relevant disciplines.

The symposium will be structured to spark some conversation and a cash prize will be awarded on the day to recognise the best paper.

Abstracts of no more than 350 words for 20 minute presentations (which would be approx. 2,500 words) should be submitted by January 27th to artefactjournal@gmail.com, along with a short biographical note.

Although the study day is open to all, please consider becoming an IAAH member. Annual membership from €12 (which includes a subscription to Artefact journal). To join, see:



IAAH Summer Outing 2019

13th June 2019.

The IAAH Summer Outing will take place on 13 June 2019, visiting two locations in Northern Ireland. The outing will start with a guided tour of the Scottish Colourists exhibition in the FE Mc William Gallery, Banbridge, followed by curator’s tour of Hillsborough Castle and the Royal Art Collection.

Advance booking by the 20 May is required for all attending the outing. Please book through Eventbrite. The total cost for the outing is €58.

Please email iaahevents@gmail.com to reserve your place.

Tour: St Nahi’s Church, Dundrum with Jessica Fahy

Friday, 8th February at 2pm.

Join us for a visit to this little jewel box of Irish stained glass from the early 20th Century. We will trace the history of An Túr Gloine through the exceptional windows still in situ by Evie Hone, A.E. Childs, Ethel Rhind and Catherine O’Brien. There are other surprises included on this wonderful trip, such as the beautiful embroideries by the Yeats sisters who are themselves buried in the graveyard behind the church.

Please email iaahinfo@gmail.com to reserve your place.

Tour: The Mary Swanzy Voyages Exhibition at IMMA with Jessica Fahy

Friday, 15th February at 2pm

Just before it closes we will visit the not to be missed exhibition of one of the most exceptional Irish artists of the 21st century, Mary Swanzy. She experimented in almost every avant-garde movement leaving behind a diverse and exciting collection of works. From her academic portraits through her own particular style of Cubism to strange and bizarre surrealist paintings, this exhibition provides a rare opportunity to truly understand her career and to try and comprehend her relative obscurity in the history of Irish Art.

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