3 – 24 October
Opening 6-9pm, Thursday 2nd October
Impossible cultural ideals of acceptable female behaviour are threaded through anti-abortion sentiment. Attempting to represent this experience for women in Ireland, becomes the “fulcrum of a much broader ideological struggle in which the very meanings of family, the state, motherhood, and… women’s sexuality are contested” (Rosalind Petchesky, 1986). The stigmatised abortion experience in the whole of Ireland is addressed through photography, film and collage. As part of her PhD research the artist will attempt to use the art and the gallery space for abortion rights activism.
• 7pm – 8pm, 7th October – Monthly meeting of Alliance for Choice in exhibition space, interested non-members also welcome to talk about our direct actions and campaigning http://allianceforchoiceni.org
• 6.30 – 7.30pm, 9th October – The artist facilitates an open roundtable on the issues in the exhibition.
• 7pm, 16th October – Workshop with Kellie O’Dowd from Trademark, Dr. Fiona Bloomer from Social Policy at University of Ulster and the artist, on political discourse, education and activism on abortion.
• 1.30pm, 23rd October – Afternoon lecture on Reproductive Rights from Dr. Fiona Bloomer from Social Policy at University of Ulster and Kellie Turtle from the Human Rights Commission.