Mayo Arts Collaborative - Kathleen Lynn: Insider on the Outside

Dates 26th March -30th April 2016

Kathleen Lynn: Insider on the Outside, which runs concurrently in five visual arts venues around Mayo, is a creative investigation into the life and work of Kathleen Lynn by thirteen contemporary Irish artists and is curated by Catherine Marshall.

Born into an Anglo-Irish family in Mullafaghry, County Mayo in 1874, Kathleen Lynn went on to play a significant role in 1916. A medical doctor, active suffragette, labour activist and nationalist, Lynn was a member of the Irish Citizen Army and chief medical officer during the 1916 Easter Rising. For her part in the rising she was imprisoned in Kilmainham Gaol, with her friends Constance Markievicz, Madeleine ffrench-Mullen and Helena Moloney. During the 1920s she was best known for her pioneering work with Dublin’s poor at Saint Ultan’s Hospital for Infants, which she established in Dublin in 1919, with a group of female activists including her life partner Madelaine ffrench Mullen. Lynn died on 14 September 1955, and was buried in the family plot at Deansgrange Cemetery with full military honours.

Mayo Arts Collaborative sees 2016 as an opportunity to re-focus national attention on this extraordinary Mayo woman, her life and her work by championing her in the county of her birth. The project will create a cultural trail through the county, and both visitors and locals alike will be encouraged to engage with Lynn’s life and work in exhibition spaces in Belmullet, Ballycastle, Ballina, Castlebar and Westport.

Kathleen Lynn: Insider on the Oustide is presented by Mayo Arts Collaborative and follows on from their first project which was a county wide exhibition of the work of Mayo artist Niamh O’Malley in 2013.

Participating artists: Michelle Browne, Gary Coyle, Patrick Graham, Joanna Hopkins, Mary Kelly, Margo Mc Nulty, Janet Mullarney, Seamus Nolan, Conor O’Grady, Will O’Kane, Deirdre O’Mahony, Geraldine O’Reilly and Dermot Seymour

Curator: Catherine Marshall

Participating venues: Áras Inis Gluaire, Ballina Arts Centre, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Custom House Studios, Linenhall Arts Centre

Consulting Historian: Sinead McCoole

Kathleen Lynn: Insider on the Outside is supported by the Arts Council Touring Fund and Mayo County Council.

Adm. Free

Opening Address "Kathleen Lynn: Insider on the Outside" by Dr Ann O'Mahony

Associated events:

Out of History - Kathleen Lynn & Mayo's forgotten 'Strong' Women - Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Sat 2nd April 2.00pm

Discussion with Dr Maureen Langan-Egan

"How is it for Women Now?" - Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Thur 14th April 8.00pm

A panel discussion exploring the position of women in today’s world takes place at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday 14th April at 8.00pm. Discussing the subject will be Sarah Durcan (Waking the Feminists), Catherine Marshall (Curator 'Kathleen Lynn: Insider on the Outside'), Sinead McCoole (Historian) and Michelle Browne (Artist). Admission free, but pre-booking advised.

Mary Kelly, Gallery Talk - Custom House Studios, Westport, Fri 15th April 2.30pm

Mary Kelly is an artist living and working in Ireland. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Helsinki and Brussels. She is one of the 13 artists taking part in the Mayo Arts Collaborative 'Kathleen Lynn: Insider on the Outside'.

In 2017 Achill based artist Maeve Clancy was commissioned by Mayo County Council to create a biography of Kathleen Lynn in comic book style. You can browse that comic online here:

www.thelinenhall.com / www.mayococo.ie/en/Services/ArtsOffice