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The best way for Christians to change culture is to make culture. Andy Crouch

Christianity and Art

Ireland

IRELAND

ORGANIZATIONS AND WEBSITES
 
ACG Ireland. Groups in Belfast and Dublin. www.artscentregroup.org.uk (E)
 
Arts & Spirituality Ireland is an association that seeks to promote the study, development and appreciation of the visual and other arts as they relate to the Christian and other established spiritual/religious traditions and live spiritualities in Ireland and abroad. www.facebook.com/artspiritireland (E)
 
Association of Iconographers in Ireland, diverse locations, Ireland. This organization wants to stimulate contact between iconographers and wants to deepen their knowledge of iconography and the meaning of icons. There are exhibitions, an online forum, courses, lectures and other events. Courses are accessible for everybody, from beginners to advanced iconographers. https://iconographersireland.wordpress.com
 
Building Catholic Ireland. In 2013 the building Catholic Ireland site is under construction. When fully developed the site will have images of art, architecture and sculpture from Irish Catholic churches that were built between 1850 and 1932. It will be a key resource for teaching and learning of Irish cultural history across all levels. http://buildingcatholicireland.omeka.net (E)

Catholic Ireland. A comprehensive portal site for all things Catholic in Ireland. There is plenty of interesting material in the Culture and Arts section. http://www.catholicireland.net/tag/art (E)
 
Contemporary Christianity Faith and Arts Cluster Group. This is a collaboration of people interested in exploring faith and art and our aim is to encourage one another as Christian artists, explore the potential of engaging non-Christian viewers with our work, and address the sacred/secular divide in the art world. http://www.contemporarychristianity.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=104 (E)
 
Dublin Diocese Liturgy Resource Centre, based in Clonliffe College, Dublin. The centre acts as a support for parishes and other groups to encourage and enable them to improve the quality of liturgical services, including also music and liturgical art. http://litmus.dublindiocese.ie (E)
 
FaithArts is a website for those interested in the relationship between religion and the arts, especially the popular arts, and especially in relation to education. The perspective is Catholic and Irish. www.faitharts.ie/index.html (E)
 
Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick, is a Benedictine monastery located in Ireland and situated beside the Glenstal Castle, a Normanesque castle. The Abbey is known for its activities in art, music, and religious studies. The Gregorian chant is an integral part of the Benedictine monastic experience, forming the core of the Church‘s daily offices as they are chanted by the monks from morning (Matins and Lauds) through Mid-day Mass to evening (Vespers and Compline). https://www.glenstal.com/abbey
 
Gothic Past is an open-access resource for the study of medieval Irish architecture and sculpture. It is part of a research project in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin. www.gothicpast.com (E)
 
Irish Centre for Faith and Culture, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. The Centre strives to make a long-term contribution towards serious reflection on the Irish Church’s adaptation to the changing cultural conditions of life. The forging of links with similar Catholic Centres, in particular within Europe, may help to filter a wider experience and parallel reflection into the Irish context. The current director of the ICFC is also the Professor of Faith and Culture in the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical University, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. The research centre has organised a number of conferences and has published reports and books as part of its remit. maynoothcollege.ie/pontifical-university/the-irish-centre-for-faith-and-culture  (E)
 
Modern Irish Churches project is an off shoot of on-going PhD research into this area with the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. www.modernirishchurches.com (E)
 
New Irish Arts is presenting Christianity, resourcing the church and supporting Christians in the arts. The group was started as the New Irish Choir and Orchestra in 1994. It now has several hundred volunteer musicians working alongside a small group of visual artists and actors to produce a wide range of events throughout Ireland each year. http://newirisharts.com/ (E)
 
SIAC is an ecumenical artists organization with a catholic background, linked with Pax Romana. http://www.s-i-a-c.org (E, F, D)
 
 
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
 
Irish Centre for Faith and Culture, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. The Centre strives to make a long-term contribution towards serious reflection on the Irish Church’s adaptation to the changing cultural conditions of life. The forging of links with similar Catholic Centres, in particular within Europe, may help to filter a wider experience and parallel reflection into the Irish context. The current director of the ICFC is also the Professor of Faith and Culture in the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical University, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. The research centre has organised a number of conferences and has published reports and books as part of its remit. maynoothcollege.ie/pontifical-university/the-irish-centre-for-faith-and-culture 
 
The National Liturgy Centre, Maynooth. Has an Advisory Committee on Sacred Art and Architecture. Offers courses in Church Art and Architecture. www.liturgy-ireland.ie (E)
 
Pontifical University, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Faculty of Theology: Michael Conway Professor of Faith and Culture.
 
 
MUSEUMS
 
Dublin:
- Colonnades Gallery, on the campus of Trinity College, College Green at Dame St., Dublin: home of The Book of Kells, a one-of-a-kind hand-written and illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels, dating back to the 9th century or earlier. Open daily except Sunday mornings during October – May. www.bookofkells.ie
- The Treasury of the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 shows the unique treasures of early medieval Ireland, exploring their connections with both the pagan past and the wider Christian culture of the time.
- Treasury in the Crypt of Christ Church Cathedral.
 
Loughrea:
- Saint Brendan's Cathedral Museum, Loughrea, Co Galway. Saint Brendan's Cathedral Museum is a treasure house of Celtic Renaissance Art. The Cathedral is home to the greatest cross section of stained glass in Ireland including work by A.E. Child, Michael Healy and Evie Hone. H McGoldrick and Patrick Pye have also designed single works in the Cathedral. The stations of the cross are a fine example of E Rhind’s work.