Ann Davoren Showcases Unique Irish Famine Exhibition to Network Ireland West Cork at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre

Posted on: 30/09/2018

The Network Ireland West Cork September event entitled “Hunger and Passion – Talk and Tour – Arts in West Cork” took place on Wednesday 26th September 2018 at Uillin: West Cork Art’s Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.  The event consisted of a brief tour of the stellar Summer exhibition, ‘Art and the Great Hunger: Coming Home’, followed by a seminar with keynote speaker Ann Davoren, director at West Cork Arts Centre, curator, chairperson of the Skibbereen Community Project and member of the BA (hons) visual art degree programme management group.


Ann Davoren is an advocate for the visual arts in West Cork, with over 25 years professional experience in arts management and proficiency in community based art projects.  At the Network Ireland West Cork event, Ms Davoren gave a background on how the “Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger” exhibition came to Uillinn: West Cork Art’s Centre. “It is one of only three venues on the island of Ireland showing this unique tour.  It features works about the Irish Famine ranging from paintings made in the 1800s to contemporary multimedia artworks.”  She continued by discussing the development of Uillinn, a purpose-built arts facility in the heart of Skibbereen which opened to the public in 2015, the year of the West Cork Arts Centre’s thirtieth birthday.  “Uillinn provides access to, and engagement with, the arts for the people of West Cork,” concluded Ms Davoren.


Speaking at the event, Adrienne Harrington, President of Network Ireland West Cork, said: “The variety of venues and speakers on offer in West Cork is second to none and gives Network Ireland West Cork members a unique opportunity and experience every month.  Uilllin: West Cork Arts Centre is central to the West Cork arts scene and is a creative space showcasing widespread talent. It adds to the pride felt by people in West Cork.”

Network Ireland West Cork holds networking events for members and guests in different locations in West Cork on the last Wednesday of every month.  The organisation currently has over seventy members and welcomes new members from across West Cork. For further information and to stay up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe to the monthly newsletter by emailing of follow the branch on Facebook , Twitter ( and LinkedIn  


Further Information

Ann Davoren

Ann Davoren is the Director of West Cork Arts Centre.  She has over 25 years professional experience in arts management, with a particular emphasis on and expertise in the visual arts and in arts education and community-based arts practice.


Ann chaired the Building Project Development Group (2007 to 2015) to develop a new purpose-built home for the Centre, which was opened to the public in Skibbereen in 2015. Ann is a member of Cork County Council’s Strategic Policy Committee (Arts and Culture) since 2006. She’s also currently a member of the BA (hons) Visual Art Degree Programme Management Group and the Cork University Hospital Art Collection Steering Group. She is Chairperson of Skibbereen Community Project, is on the Board of Skibbereen Arts Festival and has recently joined the Board of West Cork Music.