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The project fostered the revival of silver textile craft working, once central to the Cork economy, supported local firms such as the builders John Sisk & Son. Egan’s of Patrick Street manufactured the liturgical altar plate. The altar hangings, liturgical banners, and cushions were designed by the Dun Emer Guild associated with Susan and Elizabeth, The Yeats Sisters. liturgical vestments were made by local seamstresses in the Egan workshop. Sir John Robert O’Connell, as Isabella Honan’s legal executor, was a catalyst for the commission. His collaboration with UCC’s President Sir Bertram Windle, between 1914-17, contributed to the physical expansion of University College Cork the revival of craft industry in Cork. The chapel is internationally renowned for its Harry Clarke stained glass windows, especially the St. Gobnait window (pictured). The mosaic floor was designed by Lehmann James Oppenheimer of Manchester his inclusion of the signs of the zodiac still raises questions for visitors to the chapel, but this detail is in tune with the heritage the decorative arts seek to evoke through design.
This online course will run for 6 weeks from Wednesday 7th of February to 13th March 2024.
Delivered online Microsoft Teams 7-9 p.m.
Closing date for applications: Monday 29th of January 2024.
Week 1: Introduction to the Arts and Crafts movement, its aesthetic philosophy, and the place of the Honan Chapel in this movement.
Week 2: Sir John O’Connell, his role in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement, and the creative assembling of the designers of the chapel.
Week 3: The windows of Harry Clarke and An Túr Gloine studio.
Week 4: The craftswomen of the Honan Chapel especially the Dun Emer Guild (Dublin) and the studios of Barry Egan (Cork).
Week 5: The mosaic floor of the Honan Chapel designed by Lehmann James Oppenheimer in Manchester.
Week 6: Tour of the chapel and its furnishings.
Dr. James G. R. Cronin is lecturer in teaching and learning enhancement at University College Cork. He has a long-standing interest in the art and architecture of the Honan Chapel. He regularly hosts tours of the chapel and has presented conference papers on the history and aesthetics of the chapel’s design.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.
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