Last night I was at an extraordinary pop-up exhibition. It happened in No.16 Clare Street, Dublin 2, the shop that used to be Greene’s Bookshop for so many years…
If you’re in town between now and Sunday, it’s well worth a visit.
It’s a fascinating exhibition. Entitled: Irish Global Solidarity in 100 Objects, it illustrates Ireland’s proud history of standing up for justice and human rights across the world.
The various objects highlight key moments in that story – from the Dunnes Stores anti-apartheid strike to the campaign to ban landmines, from the blowing up of the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, from the educational campaigns to tackle HIV and AIDS to the Wicklow County Council declaring a Climate Emergency.
To borrow a quote from the catalogue – these are only 100 examples from a broader and deeper story of engagement from Ireland that amplifies the still, small voice of conscience in a world of increasing human rights ‘wrongs’ and extreme inequalities and unjust practice.
I was delighted that two of my paintings were included. I had painted these for the “Drawing on Don Quixote” show curated by Olivier Cornet for the Wexford Opera Festival, last year. One of them was my portrait (above) of Colm Roddy, the peace activist who campaigned (and is still campaigning) to stop Shannon Airport being used by the American military. I felt that it was important to celebrate the bravery and persistence of those individuals who spend their lives campaigning and daring to dream of a better world. More about his story here
As you can imagine, there were so many people and organisations involved in this very worthy exhibition. Visit the link below to see them all – and if you possibly can, do drop in to be inspired.