Tuesday June 2, 2020

Abigail O’Brien: ‘I think galleries have been very badly missed by people during the pandemic’

Dr Abigail O’Brien is an Irish artist and the 24th president of the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA). Appointed in 2018, she is also the RHA’s first female president in its 197-year history. Here she discusses the impact of coronavirus on artists, and introduces a new fund that aims to support them. Interview: Ruth O’Connor

17th May, 2020
Abigail O’Brien, president of the RHA. Picture: Podge Kelly

Speaking over the phone from her home studio in Co Louth, Abigail O’Brien says she’s missing her family. “I miss my grandchildren terribly because I can’t get all the hugs and kisses,” she says. “It’s been bizarre, that feeling of being totally disconnected from the world except through a screen. You can connect with people but you’re still in splendid isolation.”...

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