Inside Culture #30 (Irish Fine Art, IFI Online Archive, Love Voltaire us Apart & Art and Conflict)

On this week’s Inside Culture we check out a new illustrated book on Irish fine art, we delve into the IFI’s new online archive of ads, examine the topic of love according to philosophers, and explore artistic response to conflict.

A new illustrated book, Irish Fine Art in the Early Modern Period, presents the latest research into work from the 17th and 18th centuries. The subjects range from grand occasions, everyday life, and the influence of painters from abroad on the Irish style. To discuss this, Caroline Pegum, the editor of the book, joins our presenter, Fionn Davenport.

The cover of the book is of a self-portrait of Dublin-based painter James Latham. Jacqueline Riding, English art historian, calls him the most significant Irish artist of the early Georgian period. We meet her at the British Library in London to speak about James Latham’s work.

If you’d like to pick up a copy of Irish Fine Art in the Early Modern Period, it’s published by Irish Academic Press (

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) recently launched its online player ( and began to upload feature films, shorts, newsreels, and amateur footage from its collection. These date from 1897 to the present day. Ross Keane, the director of the IFI, talks about the content that you can find on the player. Material is regularly being added online and next spring a vast collection of advertisements will be made available for the first time. Regan Hutchins went to the IFI to hear more about this collection of adverts.

Julia Edelman talks to us about her new book, Love Voltaire us Apart which is published by Icon books ( The French cover band Nouvelle Vague is also featured on the show with their version of Love Will Tear Us Apart. Nouvelle Vague will be playing in The Button Factory ( in Dublin this Wednesday.

Julia Edelman

Julia Edelman

A conference earlier this year focused on the positive side of arts and conflict. We travelled to the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation ( and spoke to some of the participants. One of the highlights was the work of the Nerve Centre in Derry (, and we chat to its director, John Peto. Richard Kearney, professor of philosophy in Boston College, was also at the conference, and he talks to us about The Guestbook Project (

Broadcast on 14 November 2016