'Primal Landscape' - An exhibition of paintings by Kate Nolan at Pearse Museum, St. Enda's Park Rathfarnham

8 March 18

To coincide with National Tree Week (4-12 March) the Pearse Museum is launching its latest temporary exhibition, Primal Landscape by Kate Nolan.  Kate’s work has always been deeply influenced by the landscape around her and this collection has been particularly inspired by the trees and woods of St. Enda’s Park in Rathfarnham in which the Pearse Museum is located.  The environment of St. Enda’s Park has had a major influence on her work as she has lived on its doorstep for many years.

Kate Nolan reflected on the importance of trees in her life and the inspiration they have provided for her latest exhibition:

Kate said, ‘I am particularly drawn to trees.  For as long as I can remember they have been a part of my life.  As a child I climbed up, fell down, hung ropes and made swings from their branches.  I collected dazzling coloured leaves in the autumn and made prints, fashioned toy weapons from twigs, hid in them, sat under them and sheltered from the rain.  When I stand at the base of a tall tree and look up, I feel connected to the sky.  To me, they are like mighty living monuments of nature and I never cease to be amazed by their size, strength, calm and beauty.  Even their barks resemble vibrant, textured, abstract paintings.’ 

The exhibition will be launched at 7pm on Thursday, 8 March by Dr. Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens and will run until 20 May 2018.  Admission is free.


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Notes to Editors:

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.  The museum is open seven days a week, from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

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.

Listings Information

Exhibition:                 Primal Landscape

Gallery:                     Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham

Dates:                       Friday, 9 March to Sunday, 20 May

Opening Hours:         Monday to Sunday, 09.30 to 17.30

Website:                    www.pearsemuseum.ie

Admission:                 FREE