Tate Exhibits Ireland

The London-based home to the Turner Prize will showcase cultural artefacts from its extensive archive of Irish artists on December 4

An exhibition of Irish-related archives by artists, colonists, composers, writers, politicians, revolutionaries and surrealists is to go on display at one of the UK's top galleries on Friday, December 4.

Between 12.30 and 2.20pm Tate Britain will showcase items including Conrad Atkinson’s images of the Troubles, notes sent to John Lavery during the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations by nationalist Erskine Childers and unionist Edward Carson, as well as material relating to Ulster sculptor F.E McWilliam.

There will also be an 'astonishing' autobiography in caricature by society portraitist and official war artist William Orpen, surrealist sketches produced in Ireland by Ithell Colquhoun and letters from William Sickert narrating the fallout from the Oscar Wilde scandal.

The display, titled Ireland, the Irish and Irish Art in Tate Archive, takes place in the Turner Prize home's Hyman Kreitman reading rooms and includes a guided tour.

Other individuals to be featured will include: Kenneth Armitage, Elizabeth Armstrong, Francis Bacon, Anita Bartle, Admiral David Beatty, Vanessa Bell, Ian Breakwell, Kenneth Clark, Prunella Clough, Ithell Colquhoun, Jacob and Peggy Jean Epstein, Stanhope Forbes, Stephen Gilbert, Duncan Grant, Nigel Henderson, Nan Hudson, Hugh Lane, John Lavery, W.E.H. Lecky, Arthur Lett-Haines, William McCormick, Ronald Moody, Henry Moore, Joan Moore, John Morley, Cedric Morris, Margaret and Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson, Frank O’Meara, William Orpen, Lennox Robinson, William Rothenstein, Ethel Sands, Marie Seton, Walter Sickert, Charles Villiers Stanford, Graham Sutherland, Henry Scott Tuke, Keith Vaughan, W.B. Yeats, and Alfred Yockney.