Nicola Gordon Bowe

Nicola Gordon Bowe (1948-2018) was a leading authority on the Arts and Crafts movement in Ireland. Born in England, she studied at Trinity College Dublin, where she was awarded a PhD for her studies on the art of Harry Clarke. Bowe was an Associate Fellow at the Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design, where she was a founding director of the master's course in Design History and Applied Art; Visiting Professor, School of Art and Design Research Institute at the University of Ulster; member of the UNESCO study group for Art Nouveau architecture and design; and recipient of a number of international fellowships. She was an authority on the Arts and Crafts movement and the Celtic Revival, with a particular interest in the development of stained glass as an art form in Ireland. Her comprehensive research into the work of Harry Clarke won her acclaim and literary awards, and established him as a major figure in the history of Irish art. Her 2016 monograph on Wilhelmina Geddes was shortlisted for Book of the Year Apollo Awards in 2016.