On March 10th renowned artist, John Shinnors will officially open the “Reimagining 1916” Exhibition at the Hunt Museum in Limerick, an exhibition that will include the work of Transition Year and 4th Year students from St. Anne’s Community College. This Exhibition encourages students to reflect upon the events of 1916 through visual art, short film pieces and multimedia.
The students conducted the exciting project over a period of sixteen weeks where they were given the opportunity to be active participants in the Commemoration of 1916 and to contribute to the body of research, which currently exists from their unique perspective. The students have embraced this project and have maintained a strong sense of ownership throughout. It has been an organic process, involving collaboration between the students, staff and the Curator, Fiona Byrne. The project began in the Art Department and widened out to both the English and History Departments, involving a great deal of collaboration. Music, short drama pieces and poetry will be performed at the launch on Friday in the Captain’s Room.
This exhibition aims to promote an ongoing interest in history, through looking at the lives of ordinary citizens, as well as the key figures of the Easter Rising and putting the information in the context of students’ lives today.
Among the work of the St. Anne’s students is a poignant painting of a pram created by Aoife Boland, which represents Sean Francis Foster who was shot by the British soldiers at North King Street: Ciara Murphy’s large collage and drawing depicting Margaret Skinnider cycling through the street as the bullets ricocheted off the wheels of her bike and Eabha Hughes’ pen and ink triptych representing the struggle of the formation of a New State and Identity through animal symbolism.
Proclamation Day will take place in St. Anne’s Community College on Tuesday, March 15th when all students will have an opportunity to display their work on a range of projects, involving re-enactments, music, visual art and drama. The Proclamation will be read and the Tricolour will be raised.