I am an art historian specialising in Irish art and visual culture, based in Dublin, Ireland. My passion is sharing the history of art in Ireland though tours, lectures and publications. From pre-Christian monuments and metalwork through to contemporary installation and painting, Ireland has a rich visual and art-making tradition that is just waiting to be discovered. If you’re planning a visit to Dublin, a series talks or other special events and want to learn more about Ireland’s art history, send a message to me by email to kathryn.milligan@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter @katymilligan

I have been a guest lecturer at galleries around Ireland, including the National Gallery of Ireland, Limerick City Art Gallery and the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. I am on the guide panel of the National Gallery of Ireland, working with schools (primary and secondary), third level, corporate, and other visiting groups. 

My academic research focuses on the representation of Dublin in visual art, and I was awarded my PhD in 2015. In addition to this, I am interested in the relationship between art in Ireland and the context of the British Isles and beyond in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, exploring themes of travel and networks, identity, and politics. This topic forms the basis for my current project, ‘Dublin, Art and Empire: Artistic Networks and Cultural Exchange, 1886 – 1949’, funded by the Irish Research Council at the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy. 

My first monograph, ‘Painting Dublin, 1886 – 1949’ will be published by Manchester University Press in 2021. 

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From April 2015 – September 2017, I was the inaugural ESB Research Fellow, at the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland. In this position, I contributed to exhibition projects including Sarah Pierce, ‘Pathos of Distance’, ‘Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art’, and ‘Margaret Clarke: An Independent Spirit’. As the ESB Fellow, I assisted researchers accessing the Centre’s library and archive collections, and facilitated information sessions and workshops for visitors from universities and community groups.

In the academic year 2014-2015, I was a Visiting Research Assistant and Module Coordinator in the Dept. History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin, contributing to undergraduate and postgraduate modules. My teaching interests include Irish and British art in the period 1850-1950, critical approaches to art history, public sculpture, cultural institutions, research skills, and research technologies. I also worked with visiting international students on Understanding Ireland: The Trinity Semester Start-Up Programme.

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In addition I sit on the Editorial Board of Artefact, the journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians and previously served as the Chair as the IAAH. I am also a committee member of the Dublin History Research Group.

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