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Call for Expressions of Interest 2016/ 1916 Centenary Exhibition - Kathleen Lynn; Insider on the Outside

Mayo Collaborative will hold a collaborative exhibition in response to the life and achievement of Kathleen Lynn, feminist, socialist, republican, medical doctor and Mayo woman to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, in which she played a prominent part. The exhibition, curated by Catherine Marshall and supported by the Arts Council and Mayo County Council, will be made up of a number of solo and group exhibitions by artists gathered together through invitation and open submission.

We would like to invite artists born in or who have worked in Mayo to write to us if you would like to be considered for inclusion in a group exhibition. All expressions of interest must be accompanied by a pdf containing a recent CV, five images of your work and/or links to film work online and a brief proposal (up to 300 words) of what you would like to show in relation to Kathleen Lynn. Expressions of interest should be sent to kathleenlynnexhibition@gmail.com. to arrive no later than 12 August 2015.

Much has been written about Lynn who was born in Mullaghfarry near Killala in 1874 and spent her childhood in Co. Mayo, before going on to qualify as a medical doctor. She was a leader in the struggle for better living conditions for women and children, supported the workers in the 1913 Lock Out in Dublin, fought for women’s suffrage, and participated in the 1916 Rising for which she was imprisoned. She went on to co-found Saint Ultan’s Hospital for Infant Children, the first of its kind in Ireland, she was elected to the Dáil but did not take her seat and finally stepped back from direct political action in order to dedicate herself to the health of mothers and children.

Mayo Collaborative Exhibition will take place from Saturday 27 March – Saturday 30 April 2016

Mayo Collaborative is: Custom House Studios and Gallery, Westport; Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar; Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet; Ballinglen Arts Foundation Gallery, Ballycastle and Ballina Arts Centre

For further information see Kathleen Lynn, Irishwoman, patriot, doctor, by Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh, Irish Academic Press, Dublin 2006. The writer and historian Sinead McCoole has kindly agreed to act as advisor to the exhibition.


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