"SIAR 50" Exhibition

November 2005 - February 2006

50 Years of Contemporary Irish Art


In November 2005, The Contemporary Irish Art Society joined forces with the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) to present an important exhibition of artworks, celebrating the development of Irish contemporary art over the past 50 years.


The exhibition comprised approximately 100 works, selected from the society’s purchases, and the private collections of our members. The exhibition provided a unique opportunity to see some of the very best of Irish art including works by leading Irish artists such as Louis le Brocquy, Robert Ballagh, Brian Bourke, Patrick Collins, Barrie Cooke, Pat Scott, Tony O’Malley, Michael Farrell and many others.

A documentary, 'SIAR50 Project', envisaged and coordinated by Campbell Bruce was produced. It included archive photos/film, actuality from the installation and exhibition of SIAR50 at IMMA, Limerick City Gallery, Crawford Gallery Cork, interviews with artists, curators and art historians including; Campbell Bruce, Catherine Marshall, Frances Ruane, Patrick Scott, Robert Ballagh, Brian Bourke, Colm O'Briain, Barbara Dawson and many others.