BE PART OF LIVING HISTORY:
The ’77 Women Commemoration’ Quilt, project honours the 77 women who were arrested and kept in Richmond Barracks after the rising of 1916. A few became well-known, but most of their names faded, as so many women’s do, into the background of their family and domestic lives. We have invited 77 contemporary women, all ages and stages of life, to ‘adopt’ one woman, reflect on her story and design one of the 77 Quilt panels in her honour. Each panel will thus be based on a dialogue between women spanning 100 years of struggle for women’s rights. The Quilt will be on permanent display in the new Richmond Barracks exhibition center and become a focus for the study of the women of 1916 and Irish women's activism in general.
The Quilt project is part of the restoration of Richmond Barracks, one of the major 1916 commemorative events for Dublin City. Located at the heart of Inchcore, a short distance from Kilmainham Gaol, the Barracks is an historic landmark, which shows both Ireland's revolutionary and military history. After Independence it became a school, and re-named Keogh Square, one of the Irish State's first social housing initiatives. When the Richmond Barracks Exhibition Center opens in May 2016 it will educate the public on all these aspects of Irish history, with a particular focus on working class experiences.
As part of this initiative a group has come together who are dedicated to the study of women's history and activism. . We are working on two major initiatives, a book about the 77 women in Richmond Barracks which is being funded by Dublin City Council and the Commemorative Quilt.
We are seeking funding to complete the making and construction of the Quilt over the next three months. The Quilt is designed and facilitated by The Yarn School, a textile studio based in Dublin 8. During the autumn of 2015 we held workshops where 77 women living in Ireland today researched 'her woman' and designed her panel. However we need additional funding to complete the project. Our funding target is €4000 which we will use to:
- pay material and labour costs for the sewing of the Quilt
- fund the publication of A Guide to the Quilt and the creation of a sound installation which will accompany the display in the Richmond Barracks Exhibition Center.
The Quilt is an independent, community led project which has not received any public funding.
Be part of living history and give us your support to get this project stitched up!