Speakers’ Biographies

Keynote Speakers

Nicola Gordon BoweDr. Nicola Gordon Bowe is  Associate Fellow at the Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design in Dublin; Visiting Professor, School of Art and Design Research Institute at the University of Ulster; and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Wales. She has published and lectured widely on aspects of the early twentieth century Arts and Crafts Movement and the Celtic Revival, on the revival of stained glass as an art form, on contemporary craft expression and on women in the arts. She has also broadcast on Irish and British television and radio. Dr. Bowe is an Honorary Fellow of the Glass Society of Ireland and the British Society of Master Glass Painters. Her most recent publications include a revised and updated edition of her seminal biography Harry Clarke: The Life and Work, and a biography of Ulster-born stained glass and graphic artist Wilhelmina Geddes, to be published by The Four Courts Press, Dublin in 2015.

Simon TannerSimon Tanner  is Director of Digital Consulting at King’s College London, and Senior Tutor of the Department of Digital Humanities. He works with major cultural institutions across the world to assist them to transform their collections and online presence. His personal research interests encompass digital humanities, digitisation, imaging,  measuring impact and assessing value in the digital domain. He co-authored Digital Futures: Strategies for the Information Age with Marilyn Deegan and in 2011 wrote Inspiring Research, Inspiring Scholarship: the value and benefits of digitised resources for learning, teaching and enjoyment. In 2012, Simon published the Balanced Value Impact Model.  Simon also digitised the images for the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (www.cvma.ac.uk). He tweets as @SimonTanner and blogs at http://simon-tanner.blogspot.co.uk/.

Session Contributors

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr. Fiona Bateman is based at the National University of Ireland Galway, where she teaches in the discipline of English and on the MA in Culture and Colonialism, and coordinates the MA in Public Advocacy and Activism. Her research has focused on Irish popular history and writing in the twentieth century, especially the Irish missionary movement and its texts. She wrote her PhD thesis on ‘The Spiritual Empire: Irish Catholic Missionary Discourse in the Twentieth Century’ focussing on Ireland’s foreign missions to Africa. She co-edited Studies in Settler Colonialism: Politics, Identity and Culture, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2011). Her postdoctoral research on ‘Ireland and Biafra’ is ongoing – one article which draws on this work is: ‘Ireland and the Nigeria Biafra War (1967-1970): Local connections to a distant conflict’ (New Hibernia Review, 16: 1, 2012). 

Marta_BustilloDr. Marta Bustillo is Assistant Librarian in the Digital Resources and Imaging Services Department in Trinity College Library, working as Metadata Cataloguer for the Clarke Studios Digitisation Project.  Marta has a Ph.D. in Art History from Trinity College Dublin, and an M.A. in Information and Library Management from Northumbria University. Marta has taught undergraduate modules in art history at Trinity College Dublin and the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, and co-edited Imagery, Spirituality and Ideology in Baroque Spain and Latin America, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2010. She has managed digitisation projects at the library of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and the Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.

Website bio imageJoanne Carroll is the digital photographer for the Clarke Studios Digitisation Project. She completed her MA in History in 2009, followed by her Masters in Archives and Records Management in 2011. Joanne’s work subsequently has focused on the digitisation of contemporary and archival records. She has a keen interest in photography and the preservation and access of archival and digital materials. 



Emma Clarke is the Digital Humanities (DH) researcher for the Drawn to the page: Irish artists and illustration collection. She completed an M.Phil in Digital Humanities in 2013 and since then, has worked on a number of DH projects. Emma recently started her PhD in Digital Humanities and Linguistics in the School of Computer Science and Statistics (TCD).


Paul paul-donnellyDonnelly completed an M.Phil. in Irish Art History in 2014, with a dissertation entitled The rise and fall of Harry Clarke Stained Glass Limited. Paul’s research focuses on the legacy of Harry Clarke and on how cultural, religious and economic developments both in Ireland and the United States in the mid-20th century  impacted the Clarke Studios stained glass production.


Angela-IMG_3102[3]Dr. Angela Griffith is an assistant-professor with the Department of History of Art (TCD) and is joint principal investigator for the Drawn to the page: Irish artists and illustration collection. The project was selected as a Digital Humanities Forum (TCD) Innovative Digital Project, comprising a publicly accessible interactive digital database of key illustrative examples from TCD Library holdings. Her current research examines the artist and the printed image in 19th and 20th century in Britain and Ireland.

natalie-harrower-2014-smallDr. Natalie Harrower is the Manager of Education and Outreach for the Digital Repository of Ireland, where she is helping to build Ireland’s digital preservation community through targeted training and a broad outreach program. Natalie regularly contributes to international networks, recently acting as local chair for the 500-person Research Data Alliance Plenary in Dublin (March 2014), and helping to secure the first European Researchers’ Night in Dublin in 2013. Currently, Natalie is the Creative Lead on inspiring-ireland.ie, an unprecedented project to share and preserve high quality images of Ireland’s cultural assets through one portal. A theatre and film scholar by training, Natalie has taught theatre, film, and Celtic Studies at the University Toronto and Queen’s University (Canada), helped to programme film festivals, published articles on theatre and film, and directed plays for the theatre.

pic of Roisin K[1]Dr. Roisín Kennedy is lecturer in modern and contemporary Irish art at the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin. She is former Yeats Curator at the National Gallery of Ireland where she curated the exhibitions, The Fantastic in Irish Art and Masquerade and Spectacle. The Circus and Travelling Fair in the Work of Jack B. Yeats.  Her research focuses on modern Irish art and its contexts, the role of women as artists, patrons and facilitators and on censorship. She has published widely on these subjects in edited collections and in Circa, Irish Arts Review, Third Text and Journal of Art Historiography. She is currently completing a book on the reception of modernist art in Ireland.

Ken Ryan, Abbey StudiosKen Ryan is the former managing director of Abbey Stained Glass Studios. Ken originally worked as a quantity surveyor in Dublin, and as a partner in the construction company Cullinane Brothers and Ryan Ltd. in Rhodesia, before returning to Dublin in 1983 to become managing director of Abbey Stained Glass Studios, a stained glass firm founded in 1944 by his grand-uncle Tom Ryan and his father Frank Ryan. Ken has been involved in stained glass projects all over the island of Ireland, including several restoration projects for windows by the Harry Clarke Stained Glass Studios. He retired recently, and handed over the management of Abbey Stained Glass to the next generation headed up by William Malone.


Muriel Ryan  is the former artistic director of Abbey Stained Glass Studios, a post which she held from 1983 until recently. She has a B.A. in Humanities and a Postgraduate Certificate in Art History from the Open University.


Dom Laurence Walsh

Laurence Walsh OCSO, a native of Roscrea town, received his secondary education at Cistercian College, Roscrea (1941–46). He entered Mount Saint Joseph Abbey on 15 August 1946. He made his Solemn Profession in 1951 and was ordained Priest 1 May 1953. Father Laurence served the Community in various offices: bursar, prior, novice master and abbot. He regards himself as a lover of the place, has researched widely the various owners of the property from mid-seventeenth century to the early days of the monks in Mount Saint Joseph. He has published a number of articles on local topics and a biography of Richard Heaton, Ireland’s first botanist, who was owner of the Abbey’s lands in the 1640s. His magnum opus is Lumen Christi, a 240 page volume on the 39 stained glass windows of his Abbey.




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