OPW delighted to exhibit 'The Museum of August Destiny' at Pearse Museum

2 November 16

The Museum of August Destiny is an exhibition of contemporary art exploring the resonance of the Proclamation a century after it was written. It presents a small 'capsule' museum responding to the final line of the 1916 Proclamation, in which the Irish nation is exhorted to 'prove itself worth of the august destiny to which it is called.'

Artists Anthony Haughey, Dragana Jurisic, Sarah Pierce, Mark Clare, Aideen Barry, and Amanda Coogan have been commissioned to create new works responding to the six 'visions' of Irish destiny set out in the Proclamation: (1) sovereignty and 'unfettered control of Irish destinies'; (2) religious and civil liberty; (3) equal rights and opportunities for citizens; (4) the pursuit of happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all of its parts; (5) cherishing the children of the nation; and (6) oblivion of the differences 'which have divided a minority from the majority in the past'.

Curated by Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald (UCD), the exhibition is sponsored by the UCD Decade of Centenaries Programme. Speaking at the launch, she commented ‘We’re delighted to bring this exhibition to the Pearse Museum from Lismore Castle Arts. During a year full of centenary commemorations, this show crystallises a range of personal, tangible, and evocative artistic responses to the Proclamation, and demonstrates how the past is inextricably bound within our present.’

The exhibition will be launched at 5pm on Thursday, 3 November by Professor Sarah Prescott, Principal, UCD College of Arts and Humanities. In advance of the launch press are invited to view the exhibition from 2pm.

The exhibition runs until January 8th, 2017, and admission is free. The museum is open seven days a week, from 9.30am to 4pm.




For further information contact Brian Crowley on 01-4934208 or brian.crowley@opw.ie. High quality images available on request.


Notes for Editors

  1. The Pearse Museum is operated by the Office of Public Works and is situated in St Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham. Originally run as a school, the building now houses a museum looking at the life and work of Patrick Pearse.
  2. Patrick Pearse was the leader of the Easter Rising and one of the principal authors of the 1916 Proclamation. He was also a leading campaigner for the Irish language, a writer and inspiring educator. He moved Scoil Éanna, his  experimental school, to Rathfarnham in 1910 to the building which now houses the Pearse Museum.
  3. The exhibition was initially developed and displayed by Lismore Castle Arts (Co. Waterford) from 17 July - 4 September 2016 exhibition was initially developed and displayed by Lismore Castle Arts (Co. Waterford) from 17 July - 4 September 2016.




Exhibition:             The Museum of August Destiny

Gallery:                 Pearse Museum, St. Enda's Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Dates:                   Friday 4 November – Sunday 8 January 2017

Times:                   Daily 9.30am - 4pm

Website:                http://pearsemuseum.ie