An exhibition of works by members of the White Stag Group, a number of British artists active in Ireland in the late 1930s and 1940s, opens to the public at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday 6 July 2005. The exhibition, entitled The White Stag Group, comprises some 80 works and reflects the youthful dynamism and energy which artists such as Basil Rakoczi, Kenneth Hall, Thurloe Conolly and others brought to the Irish art scene, when they settled here, mainly as conscientious objectors, at the outbreak of World War II. Works by Irish artists who became associated with the group, including Patrick Scott and Bobby Dawson, are also being shown.
The group’s multi-disciplinary ethos embraced many artistic forms, including philosophy, music and literature and some examples of their work in these artforms can also be seen in the exhibition. New recordings of the work of the composer Brain Boydell will be available at a listening post in the exhibition space and on a CD that accompanies the catalogue. Also included are novels by Ralph Cusack, illustrated poems by Nick Nicholls and the poetry of Thurloe Conolly.