Major Exhibitions of Brother Joseph McNally's Works To Open In Ireland


He came from Ballintubber, Ireland and made Singapore his home since 1945. This month, 34 of the late Brother Joseph McNally’s works done over the last 3 decades will be exhibited in a major exhibition at the Atrium of the Office of Public Works in Dublin, Ireland from 26 March to 20 April 2003.


Jointly organised by the National Arts Council and the National Heritage Board in conjunction with the Office of Public Works in Dublin, the exhibition, An Invitation to Nature, aims to raise the awareness and appreciation of Brother Joseph McNally’s artistic merit among his fellow Irishmen.  It also celebrates his contributions to Singapore in the fields of art and education.


“This exhibition in Dublin recognises Brother McNally’s work as an artist and honours his artistic contribution to Singapore. He was looking forward to his first major home-coming exhibition to the country of his birth, and we are pleased that we have been able to help him fulfil his dream.  From a broader perspective, I hope that this exhibition will mark the beginning of more artistic exchanges between artists and institutions between Ireland and Singapore.” remarks Ms Goh Ching Lee, Director (Programme Development), NAC.    

"Brother Joseph McNally's role as an art educator and practitioner has added vibrancy to art development in Singapore. The Singapore Art Museum is proud to have hosted his retrospective exhibition in 1998, The Wind of the Spirit. In that, a vast range of the late Brother McNally's work was showcased to provide a dynamic insight into an artist very much in touch with materials and the different ways we communicate with them, and use them to communicate with others - a fundamental interest in all art making." Says Mr Kwok Kian Chow, Director of Singapore Art Museum.


Curated by Ms Bridget Tracy Tan of the Singapore Art Museum, the exhibition will feature Brother McNally’s works in a range of different media such as his favoured Irish bogwood, bronze, glass and even Singapore’s native Tembesu wood.  


The opening of the exhibition will be officiated by Minister for Trade and Industry, BG (NS) George Yeo, who will be accompanied by Mr Liu Thai Ker, Chairman of the National Arts Council and Dr Tan Chin Nam, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts.


Visuals are available upon request. 


The organisers would like to thank the following for their support without which the exhibition would not have been realised:

  • Brother Paul Rogers, De La Salle Brothers
  • Brendan Lyons and HE Mr Hugh Swift, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland 
  • Ron Bolger, Singapore Consul in Ireland
  • All collectors who have loaned works of Brother McNally for this exhibition.


Annex 1 – Biography of Brother Joseph McNally
Annex 2 – List of Brother Joseph's Works to be exhibited