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Imogen Stuart - In Her Hands

Imogen Stuart (RHA), one of Ireland’s foremost sculptors, presents her first solo exhibition in over a decade, to be officially opened by President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, on 6 December 2022 at Mary Immaculate College.

Imogen Stuart In Her Hands Exhibition - The Psalm, 1993

Imogen Stuart Exhibition

Mary Immaculate College has a long standing relationship with Imogen Stuart, dating back to the 1950’s when the Sisters of Mercy commissioned three major works for MIC; St. Brigid, Christ Teaching and St. Colmcille. This was the beginning of a lifetime friendship and collaboration between Imogen and MIC. Former College President, the late Professor Peadar Cremin, commissioned further works and MIC is proud and fortunate to have fourteen works on campus.

It is a great honour and privilege for MIC to celebrate Imogen and her outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland by hosting Imogen Stuart – In Her Hands.

The exhibition will be officially opened by President of Ireland, President Michael D Higgins, on 6 December 2022, and will remain open to the public from 7 December 2022 until 31 January 2023 (closed 23 December - 2 January).

Exhibition Opening Times: 10am - 12.30pm, 2pm - 4.30pm
Location: John Henry Newman Campus
Mount St. Vincent, Mary Immaculate College
O'Connell Avenue, Limerick V94 26N4
Admission is free

For group bookings email CraftMaker@mic.ul.ie.

Exhibition catalogue is available to purchase at the exhibition.
Cost: €20.

Collection of Bronzes, 2020-2022
Collection of Bronzes, 2020-2022
Imogen Stuart Collection

Mary Immaculate College has long wanted to celebrate the work of Imogen Stuart RHA, whose association with the College goes back more than 60 years. It is a great honour to celebrate Imogen and her contribution to the Arts in Ireland by hosting this exhibition. What a privilege it is for our staff and students to be surrounded by these wonderful artworks offering a source of inspiration and reflection.

Professor Eugene Wall, President of Mary Immaculate College
Imogen Stuart Exhibition at MIC - Christ Teaching 1958, Portrait Head Brian Falon 2008, Penal Cross 1988
Christ Teaching 1958, Portrait Head Brian Falon 2008, Penal Cross 1988
Imogen Stuart Exhibition at MIC - Untitled, Friendship, The Scholar & The Blackbird 1996
Untitled, Friendship, The Scholar & The Blackbird 1996
Imogen Stuart Exhibition at MIC - Homage 2007, Mother Bathing Child 2005
Homage 2007, Mother Bathing Child 2005
Imogen Stuart Exhibition at MIC - Daphnis & Chloe Box 1951, Surprise 2005
Daphnis & Chloe Box 1951, Surprise 2005
Imogen Stuart Exhibition at MIC - Visual Resume 1997 Etching
Visual Resume 1997, Etching
Imogen Stuart Exhibition at MIC - Plaque of Yehudi Menuhin 1998
Plaque of Yehudi Menuhin 1998, Bronze
Imogen Stuart Exhibition at MIC - Portrait Head of Barry McGovern 1992, The Promise 2015, Tree of All Seasons 1984
Portrait Head of Barry McGovern 1992, The Promise 2015, Tree of All Seasons 1984
Imogen Stuart Exhibition at MIC - Saint Brigid 1958 , Maquette for Pope John Paul II & Children 1978
Saint Brigid 1958 , Maquette for Pope John Paul II & Children 1978
Imogen Stuart, RHA
Imogen Stuart, RHA

Imogen Stuart Biography

Born in Berlin in 1927, Imogen is the daughter of the art critic and author Bruno E. Werner. She grew up in wartime Berlin, where she took up drawing and sculpting at a young age, encouraged by her father who asked the famous German expressionist sculptor, Professor Otto Hitzberger, to take his daughter as a pupil after the War.

In 1945 Stuart began studying under Otto Hitzberger, who taught her modelling, carving, and relief work using different materials. She met her future husband, the Irishman Ian Stuart, grandson of Maud Gonne - who was also studying under Hitzberger - in 1948, and in 1949 the two moved to Ireland. They married in 1951 and took up residence in Laragh Castle near Glendalough. It was here she developed a keen interest in Ancient Irish art and Christian literature and poetry which provided inspiration for her creative practice. Many of her works are displayed in churches and public spaces across Ireland.

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Imogen Stuart and the McAuley Medal

In honour of her lifetime contribution to the arts in Ireland, Imogen Stuart RHA was awarded the McAuley Medal from Mary Immaculate College in 2010, presented by the then Uachtarán na hÉireann, Mary McAleese.

Drawing inspiration from those who have striven to make a difference in society locally, nationally and internationally, the College instituted an order of honour in 2008 to recognise people whose vision and exceptional personal commitment to the good of the wider community has a truly pervasive impact. This honour, the McAuley Medal, is the highest award that can be bestowed by the College. It is named in memory of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Catholic Sisters of Mercy, whose outstanding dedication to the most marginalised members of the community continues to inform the College’s ethos.

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Presentation of the McAuley Medal to Imogen Stuart
Presentation of the McAuley Medal to Imogen Stuart
Former President of Irland, Mary McAleese, Imogen Stuart RHA, and the late Prof. Peadar Cremin.