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Traveller Pride Week 2022 - Stained glass church produced by Hannie O’Reilly and Margaret O’Reilly originally displayed in the HOME exhibition, in 2016, which presented glass artworks by 13 local Traveller women. Traveller Pride Week 2022 - Stained glass church produced by Hannie O’Reilly and Margaret O’Reilly originally displayed in the HOME exhibition, in 2016, which presented glass artworks by 13 local Traveller women.

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Exhibition launched at Hunt Museum to celebrate Traveller Pride Week 2022

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Traveller Pride Week 2022 – The exhibition ‘Home: Through a Broader Lens’ will present an exciting array of art in different media by Traveller women, teens and children.

Home: Through a Broader Lens will be launched on Wednesday, July 20 at the Hunt Museum

Traveller Pride Week 2022
Stained glass produced by Hannie O’Reilly and Margaret O’Reilly was originally displayed in the 2016 ‘HOME’ exhibition, which presented glass
artworks by thirteen local Traveller women.

To celebrate Traveller Pride Week 2022, the exhibition ‘Home: Through a Broader Lens’ will be launched on Wednesday, July 20 at 1pm in The Hunt Museum. It will present an exciting array of art in different media by Traveller women, teens and children, conveying the beauty and creativity within their Traveller Culture.

‘Home: Through a Broader Lens’ builds on the success of a previous exhibition delivered in 2016, entitled ‘HOME’, which presented glass artworks by 13 local Traveller women. These were created in workshops facilitated by internationally renowned glass artist, Róisín de Buitléar, and explore a wide range of themes including the importance of family and religion in the lives of the women. These artworks will be presented in ‘Home: Through a Broader Lens’ but were also recently used to engage young Travellers in the production of new work which will also feature in the exhibition.

Melanie O’ Rourke, artist and Art Hub Coordinator at the Learning Hub who facilitated these sessions stated, “The young people’s creative process was initiated through a number of heartfelt discussions about their culture and passions arrived at through reflection and responses to the glasswork created by their mothers and grandmothers.

“Their resultant ideas were translated into artworks via numerous methods the teens and children felt expressed their experiences within their proud Traveller Heritage. Processes utilised included drawing, various painting processes, print and embroidery, all approached with a joyous and robust use of colour and texture reflective of the creativity inherent in the group.”

Trish Davoren, Coordinator of the Limerick City Traveller Health Programme commented, “This multigenerational artistic and cultural exhibition aligns with the Limerick City Traveller Health Programmes recognition of the importance of creativity and expression on the positive promotion of Travellers, their culture and how they live their lives”.

The ‘Home: Through a Broader Lens’ exhibition is a collaborative project between The Hunt Museum, the Limerick City Traveller Health Programme and the Learning Hub which has been supported by Southill Child and Family Centre and Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre.  The exhibition will run in the Hunt Museum’s Education Wing until August 2. Admission is free. 

The exhibition is funded by The Limerick City Traveller Health Programme and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth via the Traveller Pride Week Committee. The general public is invited to attend the launch of this exhibition on July 20, but it is necessary to RSVP to [email protected] or by calling 061 490089.

For more information about Traveller Pride Week, go HERE

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