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Stay With Me: An Exhibition on Tuam, with Catherine Corless

Stay With Me is an exhibition of art on the Tuam Babies story, which explores the trauma of that history through aesthetic reactions. It is art from "anguish and solidarity produced by survivors and artists in response to Tuam.

Stay with Me is a group art exhibition in honour of the Tuam Babies. The idea is to honour and remember the 796 children through the medium of art. It will be launched at 5pm on Monday 19 August in the Aula Maxima with Jonathan Healy in conversation with Catherine Corless. The show brings together the work of various artists and survivors who felt compelled to create artwork in response to the tragic story of the Tuam Babies when it was broken by Alison O'Reilly and Catherine Corless, with the assistance of Donal O'Keeffe and Philip Boucher-Hayes. The works include installations, paintings and sculptures, as well as printed poetry and jewellery. The largest piece by Bonnie Kavanagh is a hanging installation consisting of 796 clay hearts, while Alison Lowry’s glass “Home Babies” dress consists of glass baptismal certs. There are four large baby blankets, which were knitted by 300 men and woman around the world to create 800 squares for the corresponding number of Tuam Babies. While a great deal has been done by the media to cover this event, the emotional impact of this recent history is hard to communicate. It is here that artistic responses have a function, and this is the exhibition’s mission. We would like the UCC and wider Cork community to come along to the launch of this exhibition in solidarity with the survivors of Tuam and other similar institutions, and in remembrance of those lost and forgotten.

Category: Arts and Cultural Events:
Time: 5pm
Location: Aula Maxima, North Wing, UCC
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Dr. Rachel MagShamhráin

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