It’s that time of year again.
As we set foot into the early weeks of spring, it’s not just nature that’s being treated to a fresh wave of colour and life: so too are all of us here at the College, as we get set for this year’s Hermione Art Exhibition.
Whether or not you’re familiar with this proud Alex tradition, here’s an overview of everything you need to know about the event.
1. It’s been around for quite a while
The first Hermione Art Lecture took place in 1896, long before the College moved to Milltown. Held in honour of Hermione Fitzgerald, the Fifth Duchess of Leinster and a great patron of the arts, it began the tradition of an annual lecture from an expert in the field of art and architecture – bringing enrichment into the lives of the girls long before such matters were formalised in the curriculum.
Some years later, the event was expanded to incorporate the Hermione Art Exhibition, giving renowned and emerging artists – as well as students – a chance to exhibit their work here in the College.
2. The Hermione Exhibition offers a unique chance to see and start collecting some of Ireland’s finest contemporary art
To mark the exhibition’s 25th anniversary in style, we’ve drawn some serious luminaries from the Irish art world – including Donald Teskey, Mick O’Dea, Eithne Jordan, Colin Martin and Una Sealy – all exhibiting their work right here in the College. Nowhere else would you get this range of work together under a single roof.
And speaking of Una Sealy…
3. Una Sealy will deliver this year’s Hermione Lecture
The Hermione opening reception will take place on March 6th at 6.30pm and will be followed by the Hermione Lecture from the Howth-based artist and presenter of TV’s Painting the Nation, Una Sealy. A member of the RHA, she is especially known for the narrative quality of her portraiture and still-lives.
It’s that exact ability to convey meaning through storytelling that will make her keynote talk so thorough yet accessible, unlocking new understandings and insights for all in attendance.
4. The lecture will be accompanied by a wine-and-canapé reception
This is an event we’re immensely proud of here at Alexandra College, and we see it as a key opportunity to bring together our community of students, parents, teachers, staff, alumni and even our neighbours here in Milltown.
We’ll be hosting a wine and canapé reception in the school for those who would like to come along, hear the lecture, then use their newfound knowledge to appreciate the wonderful artwork we’ve assembled for the exhibition.
5. And we’re not only talking about the artists themselves…
One of the most important elements of the Hermione Art Exhibition is that it offers our girls, from the Senior and Junior Schools, the chance to showcase their artwork under the same roof as some of the leading names in Irish art.
We pride ourselves on empowering our girls at every turn, giving them ample opportunity to pursue their talents to the greatest possible extent. In that vein, we feel that this represents a special chance to shine that will be invaluable to any aspiring artists.
6. If you like it, you can have it…
If you come out of the lecture inspired and empowered to brighten up your life with art, you’ll be glad to know that the works shown at the exhibition can be bought – with part of the proceeds going to the school for reinvestment, primarily within our art department. The pieces are affordably priced.
7. It’s just around the corner – and it shouldn’t be missed
Taking place in the science building at Alexandra College, a two-minute walk from Milltown Luas stop, the exhibition provides parents with an opportunity to view the exhibition – as well as see their children’s works on display in the main building. In short, it’s something you quite simply won’t get in any other school.
All are welcome to this unique cultural event and the opening takes place at 6.30pm on March 6th. The exhibition then runs until March 16th from 11.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday, and from 1.00pm until 5.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
We hope to see you there!