SYMPOSIUM: The Yeats Sisters Commemoration Project

Inaugural symposium to shine a light on the brilliant Yeats Sisters

A project has commenced that aims to revive and expand public knowledge and understanding of the prodigious achievements of Susan and Elizabeth Yeats. 

A principal objective is to promote public appreciation of the sisters’ pioneering ideals and their relevance to modern Ireland, to encourage a new generation of discovery and research. An aim is also to re-connect the sisters with Churchtown and Dundrum, in County Dublin, the place that facilitated and nurtured their most creative period; the place they saw as home and which is their final resting place.

By way of advancing these objectives, an Inaugural Symposium will be held on:

Saturday 15th July, 2023 at Taney Parish Centre, Dundrum, County Dublin from 10.00 to 17.00.

This symposium will feature a number of fascinating papers from leading academics including: Dr. Angela Griffith & Dr Billy Shortall, Cuala Press Project (Schooner Foundation) TCD; Dr P.J. Mathews & Dr Lucy Collins, UCD, along with Dr Ann Wickham, and Mary Plunkett, book artist.

These papers will examine the lives of Susan and Elizabeth Yeats: their art, making, and meaning; contextualise the Yeats sisters’ contribution to the Irish revival, mark the 120th anniversary of ‘In the Seven Woods’ a volume of poetry by W.B. Yeats – the first book made at the Dun Emer Press in 1903; the Embroiderer within the Arts and Crafts movement, and explore the Yeats sisters and their pioneering enterprises.

The Symposium will also facilitate an introductory workshop for participants to experience ‘the art of stitch’, hosted by the Irish Guild of Embroiderers and Dublin Embroiderers Association, as well as a Walking Tour, led by local historian, John Lennon, through Dundrum and Churchtown, highlighting the many places central to the lives of the Sisters and their work. While on Sunday 16th July, the anniversary publish date (16th July 1903) of the first Dun Emer book: In the Seven Woods, an introductory workshop to experience the craft of letterpress printing will be hosted for a limited number of participants at the National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Dublin.

This Symposium is made possible with the collaborative support of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Heritage & Libraries; the Cuala Press Project (Schooner Foundation) Trinity College Dublin; National Print Museum and the Irish Guild of Embroiderers. The project will also see an exhibit of some original Cuala material in dlr Dundrum library between the 4th – 22 July, 2023.

Tickets for the inaugural symposium can be reserved via Eventbrite, the event management and ticketing website.

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