Custom House Studio hosting gallery talk with Mary Kelly

Custom House Studios is hosting a gallery talk with Mary Kelly on Friday April 15 at 2.30pm.

Mary Kelly is an artist living and working in Ireland. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Helsinki, and Brussels.

Ms Kelly is also one of 13 artists participating in the Mayo Arts Collaborative exhibition Kathleen Lynn: Insider on the Outside. The exhibition, which runs concurrently in five visual arts venues around Mayo, is a creative investigation into the life and work of Kathleen Lynn by contemporary Irish artists and is curated by Catherine Marshall.

A medical doctor, active suffragette, labour activist and nationalist, Lynn was a member of the Irish Citizen Army and chief medical officer during the 1916 Easter Rising. For her part in the rising she was imprisoned in Kilmainham Gaol with Constance Markievicz, Madeleine French-Mullen, and Helena Moloney.

During the 1920s she was best known for her pioneering work with Dublin’s poor at Saint Ultan’s Hospital for Infants, which she established in Dublin in 1919. Lynn died in 1955 and was buried in the family plot at Deansgrange Cemetery with full military honours.

Mayo Arts Collaborative considers 2016 an opportunity to re-focus national attention on Lynn, her life, and her work by championing her in the county of her birth. The project will create a cultural trail through the county, and both visitors and locals will be encouraged to engage with Lynn’s life and work in exhibition spaces in Belmullet, Ballycastle, Ballina, Castlebar, and Westport. For more information visit www.thelinenhall.com or www.mayococo.ie/en/Services/ArtsOffice

Admission to the gallery talk on April 15 is free. To book your place call (098 ) 28735.

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