Galway 2020 and Galway City Museum present 


Curated by Sybil Curley and Eithne Verling
DATE 21 July 2020 – 31 January 2021, Official Launch September 2020
LOCATION Galway City
VENUE Galway City Council Museum
CREDITS Maeve Clancey, Áine & Tarlach de Blacam, Roisín de Buitléar, Patrick Flaherty, Colm Hogan, Joe Hogan, Sarah Joyce, Elaine McBride, Alan Meredith, Treasa Ní Mhiolláin, Micheál Ó hAlmhain, Mairtín Ó Direáin, Coilín Ó Dubhghaill, Tim Robinson, Katharine West.
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Unfortunately this event is closed to the public due to COIVD however a virtual tour is available on the Galway City Museum website: Virtual Tour

With a primary focus on the stone forts of Aran, and on Dún Aonghasa in particular, MONUMENT investigates some of Europe’s most impressive stone monuments located on some of Europe’s smallest islands

MONUMENT is a multidisciplinary exhibition platform. It represents a collaborative process bringing together agencies, institutions and individuals representing the archaeology, architecture, craft and design, cultural landscapes, tangible and intangible heritage, construction, sustainability and the social history associated with the monuments and the islands.

Assisted by the National Museum of Ireland,  MONUMENT features previously unseen material from the 1990s archaeological excavations at Dún Aonghasa. MONUMENT will also feature specially commissioned craft pieces by some of Ireland’s most respected makers.

A number of Irish artists have been commissioned to respond to the sites and to the rich cultural landscape of the islandscreating a showcase of excellent contemporary craft and visual art reflecting the sensibilities of this unique place and its people. Textile artist Áine  Chonghaile, from the Inis Meáin Knitting Company; glass artist Róisín De Buitléar; silversmith Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill; ceramicist Katherine West; basket-maker Joe Hogan; knitter Elain McBride; graphic artist Maeve Clancy; woodturner Alan Meredith; currach-maker Patrick Flaherty, and film-maker Colm Hogan. 

Curated by Eithne Verling, Director of the Galway City Museum and Sybil Curley, MONUMENT  has been inspired by the three themes of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme: Landscape, Language and Migration.

Galway City Museum is currently developing a new education programme around the exhibition featuring talks, tours and workshops to be rolled out later in the year for updates visit the museum website,

To book your FREE TIMED TICKET for Monument, visit Galway City Museum Website and present your ticket either in printed format or on your mobile phone at the main entrance to the museum. Galway City Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday on four daily timeslots; 10am, 11:30am, 2:00pm and 3:30pm. Admission remains FREE but visitors will now require a ticket for their visit.

For any further information contact or phone +353 (0)91 532 460.

Supported by:
Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, National Museum of Ireland, Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Office of Public Works.