Thursday 14 November 2019

Elephant group's campaign creations

Margaret Cullen, Doreen Fitzmaurice, Lisa Byrne and Elizabeth Whyte.
Margaret Cullen, Doreen Fitzmaurice, Lisa Byrne and Elizabeth Whyte.
Annette O’Hara, Margaret Cullen and Peggy Barry from Access 2000
Bodyguard’s hand-crafted fabric elephant mobile created in Co. Galway by CaféCreate
Impenetrable Wall – children’s artwork from a workshop facilitated by artist Mary Wallace

A multi-media touring exhibition by the Elephant Collective which is raising awareness of issues surrounding maternal deaths in Ireland is continuing in the Print Room at Wexford Arts Centre, with people invited to take part in a free craft morning on Thursday, January 31.

The collective comprises individuals and groups who have been campaigning since 2014 for legislative change to secure mandatory inquests for all maternal deaths in Ireland.

The exhibition, called 'Picking up the Threads; Remaking the Fabric of Care' highlights the issue through the creative display of a beautiful hand-crafted quilt, eight painted portraits, a documentary, an art film and a book which have been created by artists working with the collective.

The show, which seeks to highlight the issue and to commemmorate women who have died in Ireland's maternity service, was officially opened by Margaret Cullen, a development officer with Access 2000.

An accompanying short film by Laura Fitzpatrick called 'Silent Killer' won first place in the short film category at the Wexford Documentary Film Festival in 2016.

As it tours Ireland, the exhibition is attempting to gather the support of County Councils with Wexford County Council becoming the third local authority to unanimously pass a motion calling on the government to introduce legislation for mandatory inquests.

In addition to a craft morning on January 31, a public talk on 'Art in Activism' will be held in Wexford Arts Centre on Thursday, February 7, at 2 p.m. with guest speakers Martina Hynan, an artist from the Elephant Collective, Cllr Tony Walsh of People Before Profit and Dr Orla Ryan from the Wexford Campus School of Art and Design at IT Carlow. All are welcome to attend.

Admission is also free to the craft morning taking place in the Arts Centre from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. at which the participants will create responses to the work of the exhibition.

Wexford People

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