Representation in United Kingdom

Exhibition: St Brigid’s Day


Brigid in her strength of fruitfulness and learning © Cathy Carman
Brigid in her strength of fruitfulness and learning © Cathy Carman

The iconic early Christian symbol St Brigid has been chosen to serve as a catalyst for 90 invited Irish women artists to create an original painting for this exhibition.

Folk custom, the four seasons, women’s lives and crafts, poetry, all intersect at the 1st of February feast-day of Saint Brigid in Ireland. What is celebrated is the rebirth of the living earth; it was usual in some places to turn a sod of earth with the spade, the work of cultivation beginning again.  Many customs, especially around food and cattle, are connected with the day, but the best known was the making of St Brigid’s crosses out of straw or rushes. 

23/01/2019 - 10:00 to 01/02/2019 - 18:00

Women’s political journey in the last century of Irish history makes it right to choose the day for special celebration of Irish women artists and the works of art are further held in focus by their relation to the poem “St Brigid’s Day 1989” by Leland Bardwell, which positions the poet as observer, half outside the culture that she watches. 

The exhibition is a dynamic and vibrant contemporary response, to the import and changing cultural significance of powerful traditional female symbolism not just in Irish, but in all contemporary societies. 

Organised by Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, Ireland with the support of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Irish Embassy to Great Britain.

St Brigid logo   Embassy of Ireland