A conscious inhalation of the breath, a poignant moment in which to gather our thoughts, reflect and take pride in what we have co-created together. From within the folds of our dyed green cloth, our golden thread, our golden sand, our inkwells and ink pens we have shared, explored, laughed, talked, written, eaten cake and drunk tea together. ‘Punctuation’ is an invitation to further share and celebrate what has been created together by women over a cup of tea with them.
On 22 February 2017 the exhibition Punctuation opened at the Chester Beatty Library as part of The National Neighbourhood : (Y)our Story final event series. Women from the Amal Association group and the F2 Women’s Group showcased their work created over the last few months with artists Helen Barry, Xanthe Gresham and Hanan Dirya. The event welcomed very special guests Mrs Sabina Higgins, who spoke about the importance of breaking down cultural barriers, and Deputy Lord Mayor Rebecca Moynihan, who gave an insight into the process of The National Neighbourhood projects. Chester Beatty Library Director Dr Fionnuala Croke welcomed a full house of participants and audience members to the Library and Evelyn O’Rourke, of RTÉ, seamlessly directed our guests through the exhibition and storytelling event.
(Y)our Story is one of The National Neighbourhood projects which in 2016/17 collaborated with communities in Ballyfermot, Drimnagh and South Circular Road and artists on a series of projects centred on the theme of storytelling. The projects relate to telling your story, then sharing and co-creating “our” story, supported and inspired by the collection and programmes at the National Concert Hall and Chester Beatty Library.
Punctuation is on view at the Chester Beatty Library until 17 April 2017.