Shackleton 150 Anniversary

The 24th Annual Shackleton Autumn School will take place

8th to 10th November 2024

in the Abbey Court Venue, Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

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08/11/2024 to 10/11/2024

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Updated 30/03/2024 Friday  08/11/24 – Sunday 10/11/24 Speakers and events. (Subject to change)
Programme under development
Friday 8th November Various ‘masterclasses’ with Athy School students (confined event)
– Masterclass with a Master Sculptor, hosted by Mark Richards
– ‘Geography and Mapping’ masterclass with Philip Curtis
9th & 10th  November Philip Curtis The Mapping of Antarctica” – An examination of maps illustrating the discovery of the Terra Australis Nondum Cognito, the “Unknown Southern Land”. Ranging from the beautiful and wildly speculative charts of the Age of Discovery through to the superb and evocative maps of the Heroic Age, we will be looking at the extraordinary stories and people that lay behind their creation.



Speaker Biographies

Philip Curtis

Philip joined the auctioneers Christie’s in 1984, becoming Head of the Map Department two years later. In 1992 he became Director of The Map House in Knightsbridge, London. Established in 1907, The Map House is the oldest and largest specialist antique map sellers in the world.
While having a deep passion for all things cartographic,he has always been particularly fascinated with the charts of the discovery and mapping of “Terra Australis Incognita”, the Unknown Southern Land.
In 2012 Philip co-wrote “The Mapping of Antarctica” which focused on the maps from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration and the extraordinary stories and people behind them.
He is  very proud that my book, on sale in the UKAHT shop in Port Lockroy, made me, if only briefly, the best-selling author across an entire continent!

Mark Richards

Mark Richards is a sculptor specialising in fine figurative work. His technique draws on a tradition wherein sculptors receive comprehensive instruction in design, technique and execution and work mainly on commission. He was taught by A J Ayres who, in turn, had worked with Eric Gill.
His preference is to work with people and within supportive, creative environments with the often collaborative nature of working with both committees and individuals.
Mark’s works have a worldwide footprint; in Ireland – Nicky Rackard (Wexford), Big Tom (Monaghan), Roger Casement (Dun Laoghaire), ‘Squires’ Gannon (Kildare) and of course his landmark statue of Ernest Shackleton unveiled in Athy, 30th August 2016, the centenary of the rescue of the Endurance crew from Elephant Island.

08/11/2024 to 10/11/2024

Tickets not available yet