Categories: ArtHistoryLectureNewry

On 25 March at 2pm Newry and Mourne Museum will host a talk on the famous Newry artist, Margaret Clarke, arranged in association with the Old Newry Society.

The talk by Carla Briggs, who is Curator Of Slides School of Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD will talk about the early career of Margaret Clarke, née Crilley born in Thomas Street in Newry.

Margaret attended drawing classes at Newry Municipal Technical College where she achieved first-class results in the South Kensington Board of Education exams for 1905/06 and 1906/07.

This talk will examine her time at the DMSA, her success as student, teaching assistant to Sir William Orpen and subsequently life-drawing teacher. It will consider the friendships forged among ‘a happy working family’ of fellow students including her future husband, Harry Clarke.

The talk will consider the shift in Clarke’s career from her initial intention to be an art teacher to a determined and successful pursuit of a career as a professional artist.

Some of Margaret’s work from the Museum’s collection will be on display. The talk will commence at 2pm and there will be an entrance fee of £2 per person.

If you wish to book or require more information, please email