I was hired to install the Royal Irish Academy’s touring exhibition “1916 Portraits and Lives” at the Irish Embassy in Berlin.


This exhibition is a selection of print portraits created by the artist David Rooney who, with the authors James Quinn and Lawrence William White from the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography, deals with 42 men and women whose careers, in one way or another, were deeply involved with the Irish Easter Rising of 1916.

Job description:

This was a one-day job of 7 hours. 42 prints were arranged in a specific order. 42 frames were unwrapped and each print inserted. Between the two rooms of exhibition space, a chronological arrangement was met, and mounted to precise display dimensions using the rail and cable hanging method. Description cards were centred under each frame.

Embassy of Ireland, Berlin:

May 18th, 2016 – Against the backdrop of the Royal Irish Academy’s exhibition “Portraits and Lives,” the Embassy of Ireland will host an evening of poetry, film and song to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Hans-Christian Oeser will present his book “Patrick Pearse: Der Rebell. Gedichte” (Edition Rugerup, 2016). A selection of Pearse’s poems will be read in German, English and Irish. We will hear recordings of Irish prisoners of war made in Germany during World War 1 and a short presentation by journalist Derek Scally on the history of these recordings. The evening will also provide an opportunity to view the short film “Last Words,” directed by Eoin Heaney, inspired by the 1916 Proclamation’s assertions of “religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens.”

Portraits and Lives – Images and Voices of 1916