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Permanent exhibition

Alison Lowry: (A)Dressing Our Hidden Truths


Title: 35 I Can'ts - Alison Lowry (2017)

Alison Lowry is a rather unique artist in the European context in her commentary through the medium of glass on such discomforting topics as child abuse and domestic violence. 

We are delighted to announce that Alison Lowry: (A)Dressing Our Hidden Truths is a recipient of an “Honourable Mention” from the Annual Global Fine Arts Awards 2019.
This exhibition was also nominated for the Annual Global Fine Arts Awards 2019: Global Humanity category in addition to a nomination for the Annual Global Fine Arts Awards 2019: “Youniversal” and “You-2” people’s choice awards.

There are parallels in this regard with other media primarily that of painting by way of theme, but there is no artist working in glass who so pointedly and effectively comments on the political, social and emotional fallout from such events as Alison Lowry. 

This exhibition of Lowry’s work is divided into four distinct areas - installation of suspended sand-cast pâte de verre christening robes, sculptural works responding to the theme of the Magdalene Laundries, a video piece made with performance artist Jayne Cherry and a suit of armour using glass and leather created with the internationally renowned designer Úna Burke.

Amongst the exhibition's highlights is an installation of nine christening robes in pâte de verre (glass paste) spread across two rooms - a profound piece of commentary on the Tuam Mother and Baby Home revelations. Other elements of the exhibition include audio testimony by way of poetry and song from those who experienced the industrial school system and Magdalene Laundries.

Exhibition catalogues are now available from the Museum Shop.

View a photo-essay of the exhibition


Alison Lowry: (A)Dressing Our Hidden Truths is located at:
Collins Barracks ,
Benburb St,
Dublin 7
D07 XKV4

An artistic response to the legacy of mother and baby homes and Magdalene laundries by Alison Lowry

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Collins Barracks ,
Benburb St,
Dublin 7,
D07 XKV4

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