‘Wear a Bonnet – Living Art Installation’ – 3rd March

Wear a Bonnet – Living Art Installation’

Christina Henri’s successful Living Art Installation,

part of ‘Roses from the Heart’

comes from Tasmania to Ireland at Grangegorman, DIT. (An Croi)

                                 on  FRIDAY, 3rd MARCH 2017, 10.30am

All are welcome and are invited to wear a Roses from the Heart’ cloth bonnet that will be provided on loan.

This bonnet will symbolise the life of one of the 3,216 Irish women and their 506 children held at the Grangegorman Female Depot (1840-1852) prior to transportaton to Tasmania. (http:// rosesfromtheheart.tumblr.com)

The installation will also pay tribute to Quaker social reformer, Elizabeth Fry, first woman to campaign for better prison conditions. Grangegorman Female Depot (now the Grangegorman Development Authority) opened in 1836. It was the first female penitentiary in the then Britsh Isles that was built according to Quaker prison reformer, Elizabeth Fry’s precepts. She was also instrumental in the placement of Mrs Marian Rawlins as matron.

an-croi-grangegormanTime: Arrive at An Croi prior to 10.30am in readiness for receiving loaned bonnet to be ready for aerial photograph. RTE Nationwide has committed to a second documentary on the ‘Roses from the Heart’ journey and will film the 3 March event at Grangegorman.

Artist Dr Christna Henri will attend, as will the Mayor of Dublin and the Australian Ambassador to Ireland along with other dignatories.

Students from all local Dublin schools are invited to attend the event,  as are pupils from the Quaker Schools, Newtown, Waterford, Rathgar Junior School, Dublin, and Friends’ School Lisburn.

Christina’s Irish visit will include a visit to Waterford from 13th-19th March. She will give two public lectures, in Waterford and Dungarvan, some workshops to Waterford women’s groups and at both Newtown School and Newtown Junior School.

 For further information email Joan Johnson (Waterford Quaker Meeting) at rogerjoan5@gmail.com