The Irish Exhibition of Living Art at the National College of Art in Dublin is held for the nineteenth year.

Art critic and artist Dr Brian O’Doherty reports from the Irish Exhibition of Living Art at the National College of Art in Dublin. Started in 1943 by Mainie Jellett, it holds a yearly exhibition of Irish abstract expressionism and avant-garde Irish art, supporting and promoting young and emerging artists.  

Norah McGuinness, President of the exhibition and friend of Mainie Jellett, has been organising the event for the last seventeen years. Her painting ‘Garden Green’ is included in the exhibition. She tells Dr Brian O’Doherty about what prompted her and her friends to start this exhibition, 

We were a group of young artists...and Mainie Jellett, who was the person who started this, felt as, well, it sounds a controversial thing to say, but the Academy was the only platform that painters had, and the academicians weren’t very sympathetic to the younger people...she said, we must start an annual exhibition for the young people, the young was a rebellion.

Brian O’Doherty also looks at paintings by Louis le Brocquy, Patrick Scott and Barrie Cooke, all part of an exhibition, that has always attracted a lot of interest from Dubliners and the broader Irish public.

This report from ‘Broadsheet’ was broadcast on 3 August 1962. 

'Broadsheet' was a magazine style, nightly review of people and events introduced by John O'Donoghue and presented by the Broadsheet Unit.