Ireland’s Great Hunger


Andrew Patapis Design helped bring Quinnipiac University’s extraordinary “Ireland’s Great Hunger” collection to the Consulate General of Ireland in New York. We were responsible for all aspects of the exhibit’s design, including the organization and display of illustrative, photographic and editorial content. The exhibit was treated with a starkness to echo the blight of the Irish tenant farmers and their families. We also created an integrated promotional campaign for the exhibit which included: posters, brochures, postcards, a press kit, magazine special features, email marketing campaign and website design.

The Great Hunger ranks among the worst tragedies in the sweep of human history. Between 1845 and 1850, approximately 1.5 million Irish men, women and children died of starvation or related diseases. By 1855, more than two million more fled Ireland, many of them emigrating to the U.S. to establish a significant Irish-American community.

The exhibition contains sculptures by such artists as John Behan, Glenna Goodacre, Rowan Gillespie, John Coll, Eamonn O’Doherty and Kieran Tuohy. Also featured are paintings, lithographs, photographs and etchings by Padraic Reaney, Micheal Farrell and Kit DeFever.