Filter This series: Arts organisations.

  • Title: Arts organisations.
  • Reference Code: IE/NIVAL /DW/ORG
  • Level of Description: Series
  • Creation Dates: [1959-2002]
  • Extent And Medium: 18 bankers boxes holding 247 files of varying size containing hand and type-written correspondence on paper. Also includes printed exhibition catalogues, and photographic documentation, slides, transparencies. Document types: Institutional records: minutes and action plans, exhibition proposals, exhibition reports, development plans, collection lists, acquisition documentation, loan agreements, insurance valuations, export licensing, condition reports, damage reports, transportation documentation, financial records, membership information, royalty statements, awards information, company registration details, gallery floor plans, refurbishment plans and building works progress, maps of proposed premises, human resources documents, visitor’s books, stationery; Public relations material: invitations, press releases, posters, press clippings, advertising and sponsorship plans, event programmes and newsletters; Artists’ documentation: CVs, artwork proposals, exhibition catalogues; Correspondence: letters, cards, postcards, faxes, telegrams, printed email;  Personal writings/ephemera: notebooks, job applications, travel documents and maps, visitor passes; Drafts/manuscripts/transcripts: exhibition reviews, catalogue essays, essay proposals, educational reports, poetry, interviews, speeches/lectures; Miscellaneous journals and other publications.
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  • Repository: NIVAL

Scope and Content

This series is comprised primarily of administrative records and some personal correspondence pertaining to twenty-seven arts organisations and/or large scale exhibitions with which Walker was involved in either a professional or advisory capacity.

Arts organisations/subjects referenced:

Guinness Peat Aviation Awards (GPA): Walker was on the Selection committee for the GPA Awards for emerging artists in 1986 and 1988. The material details Walker's travels throughout Ireland to visit artists as part of the selection process.
Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA): Walker was a member of the founding board of IMMA and one of the prime movers behind its establishment and fought for its location at Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. She served on both the board and the boards’ acquisition committee until January 2002.
Gallery of Photography: administrative records pertaining to the gallery.
International Centre for Advanced Study in Art (ICASA): details of Walker's appointment to the Board of Directors.
Philatelic Advisory Committee: correspondence regarding plans for a proposed postal museum. Walker was a member of the committee in the 1970s and 80s.
Harry Clarke Collection: correspondence between Walker and David Clarke regarding the location of a possible home for archival material pertaining to stained glass artist Harry Clarke.
Architectural Association Ireland (AAI): exhibition of Irish architecture in Frankfurt.
Douglas Hyde Gallery: information about exhibitions in the gallery, collections policy and Walker’s application for the job of Director.
International Association of Art (IAA): report by Walker on the 2nd conference on the professional training of the artist organized by the International Association of Art, UNESCO.
Amnesty International: Walker helped to organize an ‘Artists for Amnesty' auction; includes information on the sale of artwork by Joseph Beuys..
Rosc, 1971-1991: Walker was a founding member of Rosc and was actively involved in the organisation of many of the exhibitions. She also served as vice-chairperson of the committee. Included are administrative records from Rosc '71, '77, '80, '84, '88 and the proposed Rosc '91, information on the seminar ‘Rosc Reconsidered’ in 1984 and a talk by Walker on ‘Rosc of the Future’.
International Association of Art Critics (AICA), 1977-1999: Walker was instrumental in reactivating the Irish section of AICA. She served on the board of the Irish section as Honorary Secretary and later as President. She was also elected Vice-President of the international association in 1979. Throughout this period, Walker attended most of the annual congresses and international conferences, gave lectures, organised the 1980 Congress in Dublin and worked on behalf of art critics in Ireland. Files contain legal information and documentation on a court case between AICA and Silverdale Travel.
Biennale de Paris,1977-1981: Walker was adjudicator for the 9th Biennale de Paris and the Irish Commissioner for the 10th Biennale in 1980 and 1982 respectively.
The Irish Imagination, 1959-1971: Walker served on the Executive Committee of this exhibition organised as part of Rosc '71 in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin and in Boston in 1972.
A Sense of Ireland, 1980: Walker was on the organising committee of this festival of Irish art in London. She curated the exhibition ‘Without the Walls’ held in the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).
Irish Directions, 1974-1976: Walker was a member of the jury for this traveling exhibition of Irish artists that toured to venues in Ireland and the United States.
Committee for Irish Art in the Vatican, 1985-1990: Walker was the Honorary Secretary of the Committee. Louis le Brocquy’s Táin tapestry was the first piece of Irish art to be included in the Vatican’s collection.
CAP Foundation Award, 1995-2001: Walker was a member of the selection panel to award a purpose built studio space to two graduating NCAD students on an annual basis.
Hugh Lane Advisory Committee, 1985- 1991: Walker was a member of this committee whose agenda included the structural improvement of the gallery, exhibition planning, public relations and audience development, collection development policy.
Contemporary Irish Art Society (CIAS), 1975-1991: Walker was a member of the CIAS committee and was elected Vice-Chairwoman in 1978. The committee bought art by contemporary artists for public display and arranged outings and trips for members.
Signa, 1964-1970: Walker served on the Board of this design consultancy firm until her resignation in 1970.
BP Europe, 1990-1992: Walker was invited to serve on BP Europe’s Brussels Art Gallery Advisory Board. However in 1992, BP Europe decided not to fund the gallery so she never served on the board. File includes a catalogue introduction on Patrick Scott for an exhibition in 1990.
James Joyce Centenary, 1981-1983: file includes an essay by Walker entitled ‘Literature and contemporary Irish art,’ information and articles on the 1983 centenary of Joyce’s birth, documentation on Walker's efforts to organise a performance by the American composer/artist John Cage.
RHA – Ideal Academy, 1997: file includes several reports by members of the RHA entitled ‘Thoughts on an Academy’ regarding the role of the academy and the need for modernisation; documentation on ‘The Critics’ View,’the 1997 Banquet Exhibition for which Walker and other art critics were invited to select the exhibiting artists.
Cultural Relations Committee: reports on exhibitions and festivals outside Ireland.

Administration and Biographical

Series located in boxes DW/14/ORG - DW/31/ORG in the Main Library


Arranged to series level. File level descriptions in progress.

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