Exhibitions both online & in real life

February 7, 2023

The National Museum at Collins Barracks has put up a film which provides a virtual tour of an exhibition intriguingly entitled Bonnets, Bandoliers & Ballot Papers. It reflects on the changing roles of women at the beginning of the last century.

Another new exhibition profiled by BBC Northern Ireland is Peace Heroines marking the contribution of women to the peace process. Artist Marian Noone has painted portraits of nine women for the show at the Tower Museum in Derry including Pat Hume, Monica McWilliams and Baroness May Blood. The exhibition will tour NI to mark 25 years since the Good Friday agreement. The image above is from the BBC website and shows some of the portraits.

MOLI (Museum of Literature Ireland) has a lovely online exhibition about Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967). The Parish, The Universe draws on the Kavanagh archive held at UCD Library and focuses on literary magazines and how they shaped his life and work.

The Dublin Magazine from August 1924, with a cover design by Harry Clarke. The magazine provided an early platform for Kavanagh's poetry.

Cork-woman and brilliant actress & comedian Siobhán McSweeney (of Derry Girls fame) took part in an episode of 'Meet Me at the Museum' which is put together by the UK charity The Art Fund. The idea is that a famous person takes us round their favourite museum or gallery - McSweeney chose the Wellcome Collection in London and it's a really interesting listen.