The ‘Home’ exhibition is the fruit of a series of workshops exploring the values of home, by thirteen Traveller women from Limerick City, made in collaboration with artist Róisín de Búitleár, the Traveller Health Advocacy group and the Hunt Museum. The project was funded by the Limerick City and Council.
The participating women, drawn from three local Traveller communities took part in a six-week glass workshop at the museum. Using the fragile material of glass to express their ideas of home, the project explored themes of family, faith and current life on Traveller sites in Limerick city. This project gave these women a platform from which their voice can be heard as well as providing a space for Travellers to talk about issues together as well as with non-Travellers through the medium of art in a relaxed and creative environment.
Using museum artefacts as a source for ideas the women worked with artist, Róisín de Buitléar through the medium of glass to produce pieces worthy of their own exhibition. Exploring the subject of ‘home’, the exhibition reflects themes such as faith, community, housing and family. It also reflects some the challenges that living on a halting site in Limerick city can bring. The variety of pieces made by these women echoes the sentiment they shared, that a home doesn’t have to be a house, it’s where love and family are found.
According to one of the participants:
‘…[I]ts been great to meet Roisin, she really believed that we could produce something beautiful and we have. It’s great to have something exhibited in the museum. It’s an amazing place.’
The Hunt Museum was delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile project. Feedback from the participants as well as from artist Róisín de Buitléar was wholly positive. The quality of the work produced in such a short amount of time and with no previous experience of art making or working with glass is impressive. The pieces were on display in the museum from January 7th until January 31st 2016 in the Prologue Room in the Museum. The exhibition was opened by Director Hugh Maguire and attended by the Municipal Mayor of Limerick. The exhibition was very well recieved and supported, with resoundingly positive visitor responses; “beautiful exhibition, so poignant but uplifting” ; “Do more of this, a great work, spread this spirit of family ties….you have so much to offer”.
We would also like to express our sincere thanks to the Limerick City and County Council for funding the project, and also to Cube Printing and Jerry O’Dea’s Bar for assisting in funding the display of the works at the museum.
Mary McCusker, Coordinator, Limerick city Traveller Health Advocacy Programme
Phone: 086 806 6199
Fiona Byrne, Acting Curator of Education and Outreach at the Hunt Museum
Phone: 061 312833
We are delighted that the ‘Home’ Exhibition programme has been shortlisted for a STAR Award.