Keepers of the Gael / Caomhnóirí na nGael
An exciting, new, multi-media exhibition that is now open at Galway City Museum. This exhibition explores aspects of Gaelic culture and society in Ireland through the lens of the learned families of historians, lawyers, physicians, poets and musicians who served Gaelic and English ruling families in Ireland between AD 1200 and 1600. As hereditary keepers of the arts, learned families framed the worldview of Gaelic peoples.
The multi-media exhibition includes a range of artefacts, images and interactives that highlight the reputed origins of the Gael, their customs and cultural practices, the territories, landscapes and settlements in which they lived their lives, their relationship with the sea and with the Church, and the influential roles that the Gaelic arts and their practitioners played in society.
Conceived as a journey into a culture-group identity on the island of Ireland over a 400-year period, the theme has immediate relevance for contemporary society. It shows how Gaelic peoples understood and projected themselves, how they were viewed and understood by others and how their sense of self was transformed over time.
We live in an era when cultural and ethnic identities are being contested, threatened and reasserted worldwide. This exhibition aims to demonstrate, through views of the Gael, that the past can enlighten some of the critical issues of human identity in our contemporary world; who we are, or who we think we are is complex and mutable, and lies at the heart of this exhibition.
‘The human concern with uniqueness is a contemporary issue in society, with a long history. This exhibition theme looks at Gaelic identity on this island, as a contribution to understanding who we are.’ (Professor Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, NUIG, Exhibition Guest Curator)
‘We are delighted to bring you this wonderful new exhibition – full of fascinating information and displaying a great richness of objects, ideas and art.’ (Eithne Verling, Museum Director)
Galway City Museum opens Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday’s over the Summer from 12pm – 5pm. Admission is FREE!
Photos: Marta Barcikowska