Project Baa Baa

RECRAFTING IRELAND | Dun Emer Guild Banners

DATE 24 October 2020 - 20 November 2020
LOCATION Online
CREDITS Diocese of Clonfert & Loughrea Cathedral, NUI Galway Dun Emer Guild - Evelyn Gleeson, Susan ‘Lily’ Yeats and Elizabeth ‘Lolly’ Yeats
WEBSITE www.projectbaabaa.com/dun-emer-guild
Loughrea vestment. Embroidery by Dun Emer Guild

RECRAFTING IRELAND | Dun Emer Guild Banners work from the Arts & Crafts movement in Ireland during the Celtic Revival of the 19th century.

Project Baa Baa invites you to absorb and learn about the history of the Dun Emer Banners at your own pace in a self -directed tour presented as a photographic archive in the magnificent setting of Loughrea Catherdral.

Recrafting Ireland is a representation of work from the Arts & Crafts movement in Ireland during the Celtic Revival of the 19th-century, the exhibition is a photographic replica, full-size images of the Dun Emer Banners, the finest embroidery work produced by the Dun Emer Guild for Loughrea Cathedral in 1904. Created by Evelyn Gleeson and the Yeats sisters, Susan ‘Lily’ Yeats and Elizabeth ‘Lolly’ Yeats best remembered by their involvement with the Dun Emer Guild, a home crafts group,  founded in 1902 . Their brothers, Jack Yeats and William Butler Yeats and Cuala Press (originally Dun Emer Press), had direct involvement with the Dun Emer Guild in producing designs for their commissions. The exhibition also presents religious vestments embroidered by the guild and hand-carved wood staffs used to hold the banners in place.

Some of the most distinctive work of the guild can be found in the Dun Emer Banner collection, a project to embroider 24 sodality and 5 processional banners commissioned by Fr. O’Donovan housed at Loughrea Cathedral, Co. Galway.

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