November 25, 2022

Moving Art Exhibit Honors Children Who Died in Mother and Baby Homes

Group show Stay With Me returns for a moving tribute to the children who died in Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland.

Opening in the Oak Room of the Mansion House on March 8 at 6 p.m., the show was originally set up in 2019 in response to the story of the Tuam babies. Directed by Alison O’Reilly and curated by Dino Notaro, it sees artists paying tribute to the thousands of children who have died in institutions across Ireland.

The exhibition will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until March 10.

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The exhibition received tremendous support and responses when it opened in 2019, including the UCC’s invitation to bring the exhibition to Cork and the Kolo International Women’s Summit in Sarajevo.

A virtual show has been created to support survivors and families through art following a number of delays regarding the Commission of Inquiry’s final report.

Stay With Me presents paintings, sculptures, poems and installations

Tonight (March 8) when the show kicks off at the Mansion House, there will be speakers, performances and “stunning art.”

The exhibition presents paintings, poetry, sculptures and installations.

“There are many stories to be told and voices to be heard regarding the most shameful part of Irish history, a shame that has a universal theme following the worst forms of abuse perpetrated by the Catholic Church around the world. “, said the organizers.

“With this exhibition, we just want to say that we love you and that you are not forgotten.”

Dublin Mayor Alison Gilliland said of the exhibition: “I am delighted to welcome this very poignant Stay With Me exhibition to the Mansion House for public viewing. It is very beautiful and delicately curated.

“Her artifacts remind us of the untold voices of babies and their mothers who have been silenced and shamed in mothers’ and babies’ homes.”

A painting of crying mothers and babies lay in the street outside a government building in Dublin on a sunny day
Painting featured in Stay With Me at the Mansion House in Dublin

Tonight’s opening will include speakers Anna Corrigan, whose two brothers died at Tuam Home.

There will also be performances by Terri Harrison whose child was taken from her almost 50 years ago from the Bessborough Mother and Baby home.

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