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After 56 years

This striking poster designed by Kieran O’Connor and featuring Una Watters Self-Portrait in Green (1943), is a fitting showcase for a new retrospective of Una’s work opening on March 10 at the United Arts Club, Dublin.

Fifty-six years ago in November 1966, a year after her death, Una’s husband, Eugene, organised her first retrospective. That event was hosted by the Painters’ Gallery on St Stephen’s Green, only a stone’s throw from the United Arts Club on Fitzwilliam Street. The intervening half-century has seen the virtual disappearance of Una’s work from public view. That’s why we think this show is important.

Although this is a smaller show – featuring over 20 works from the 1966 show, plus some newly discovered watercolours – we’re hoping that the exhibition will help to put Una’s name in lights, where it belongs.

Una Watters: Into the Light will be launched by Dr Roisin Kennedy (UCD) on Thursday, March 10 @ 6pm. All welcome.

The invite for the original retrospective in 1966

By Mary Morrissy

Mary Morrissy curates this site. She is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and journalist. She has taught creative writing at university level in the US and Ireland for the past 20 years, and is also an individual literary mentor.

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