Edith Collier and Bunmahon, Co. Waterford ~ Gatherings from Ireland #11

Edith Collier (1885 -1964 ) was an artist from Wanganui in New Zealand who spent time in the beautiful village of Bunmahon, Co. Waterford in 1914 and 1915.  This was all I knew about this woman until last night when I had the good fortune to be among the audience at the Irish Premiere of a documentary, Village by the Sea, at the Copper Coast Geopark Centre in Bunmahon.  The event was organised by Sean and Miranda Corcoran of the Art Hand, which is a dynamic Art School near Bummahon  the art hand . art school . waterford . ireland.


Village by the Sea, which was made in March 2012,  tells of Edith Collier’s time in Bunmahon and shows her paintings of people and places in the area.  There is wonderful camera work in the documentary which sets the portrayals of this magnificent artist against images of Bunmahon almost 1oo years on.

The intense atmosphere at the showing last night was one of warmly embracing Edith Collier back to the village of Bummahon which she clearly loved.  There was a real sense that she was back among us and I, for one, am starving to learn more and more about the life and times of  this fascinating  woman who serves as a major link between Co. Waterford and New Zealand.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

2 thoughts on “Edith Collier and Bunmahon, Co. Waterford ~ Gatherings from Ireland #11”

  1. Hello Jean. My name is Michael Heath and I am the director of the film “Village by the Sea.” Thanks so much for your piece on Edith Collier. The film is now available to watch on demand courtesy of NZONSCREEN. I’ll include the website with this mail.
    You can also go to The Art Hand’s facebook page where you will find lots of news from Sean Corcoran in Bunmahon.


    Kind Regards, Michael Heath

  2. Hi Michael, it’s great to hear from you and congratulations on a wonderful film. It’s great to know that we can now see it on demand.
    Edith Collier absolutely fascinates me and I’d love to learn a lot more about her life which came across as being complex, to say the least.

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