This memorial quilt is a commemorative project dedicated to the women who toiled in the Magdalene laundries at the international scale. Drawing from photographs I took of the former laundries in Ireland as well as from archival material I researched in Quebec city, this blanket attempts to convey both the built environment and life within […]Read more "PROJECT: Magdalene Memorial Quilt – Isobel Plowright"
Lady Justice is a work in development that seeks to dramatize the story of the survivors of Symphysiotomy and their ongoing campaign for justice as well as interrogating wider issues of power, knowledge and authority. It originated from a ten minute performance in December 2015 as part of a practice-as-research project investigating the ‘representation of […]Read more "PROJECT: Lady Justice (Work in Progress) – Clíona O’ Connell"
In 1992, Irish poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill asked this question in response to the suggestion that female Irish poets have “a long healthy chain of foremothers” available to them. She could well have been forgiven for doing so, as the project of nation-building in the early days of the Irish State played a huge role […]Read more "PROJECT: What Foremothers? – Anam Theatre"
‘Aground’ is a visual arts exhibition and open public event created by the Loci Artists Group in a site-specific location in Moville. ‘Aground’ is the work of five artists collectively exploring aspects of ‘Irishness’ within the cultural context of the relationship to the State arising from the events of 1916. Several strands of thought unfold […]Read more "PROJECT: Aground – Loci"
Presentation of Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan, a play set in the Magdalene Laundries. Each performance will be followed by a reading/ panel discussion. On separate days during the run, the films The Magdalene Sisters, and Sex in a Cold Climate will be shown and discussed. Dates and Location Eclipsed readings at Kells Banquet Room, […]Read more "PROJECT: Eclipsed, and the Magdalene Laundries – Gemma Whelan"
A short drama in the form of a group therapy session highlighting the cruelty endured by women in Ireland and perpetrated by the Magdalene Laundries and the State. The torturous regime of the laundries is evoked for the group through the eyes of a mother and her son, who now live a life of relative […]Read more "PROJECTS: Gregory O’ Connor & Jim Hynes – Closures"
A monologue and two scenes with visual footage edited from the touring production: The Knitting Circle, a haunting piece in honour of the lost voices from the hidden worlds of the long care system in the UK and Ireland. Created from authentic survivor testimonies, all names and recognisable identities have been removed to protect the […]Read more "Projects: Julie McNamara – The Knitting Circle"