Olivier Cornet Gallery
Curated by Olivier Cornet and Eoin Mac Lochlainn
July - August 2016
Artists: Gallery artists Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Kelly Ratchford and invited artists David Fox, Beatrice O'Connell, John O'Grady, Eve Parnell, Mary Plunkett and Lorcan Walshe.
This year Eoin Mac Lochlainn kindly asked me to be a part of a group exhibition commemorating the Easter Rising of 1916. He asked me to think about the goals of the Proclamation and whether they had been fulfilled. I chose the line about 'cherishing all of the children of the nation equally'. In making these works I was thinking about the dominance of the Catholic Church along with the State in educating our children and the setting up of Mother and Baby homes and Magdalene Laundries around the country. The survivors of these institutions had a long battle to receive any form of redress and 95% of our schools are run by the Catholic Church. Though I know times have changed the Catholic Church had a real hold over everyone's lives for so long and society judged women and girls particularly badly during my mother's short life time. My mother died before divorce was allowed or contraception without a prescription. Single mothers or separated women were persona non grata until the mid eighties in Dublin. The marriage equality referendum for me was a beacon of hope that life in Ireland is changing for the better.
My pieces are called "Cherish the Children 1 -Rosary" Oil painting and installation, box containing copybook paper with a prayer written on it (thanks to my daughter Ailsa for writing it out for me xxx). "Cherish the Children II -Tuam" oil painting and installation, box containing bird bones. "Cherish the Children III" oil and acrylic painting. The show runs until the end of August, details are here:
Here is a link to Education Equality who are campaigning for equal access and equal respect during the school day regardless of religion: