23 February 2015

The 1913 Lockout Tapestry

 The 1913 Lockout Tapestry an ambitious, large-scale, collaborative visual arts project to commemorate the Dublin Lockout will be on display at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, from Tuesday 17th February - Saturday 28th March 2015.  It consists of panels laid out in a ‘comic book’ style illustrating the historical event that saw 100,000 people in Dublin facing starvation as a consequence of a conflict between capital and labour forces.

Designed by artists, Cathy Henderson and Robert Ballagh, produced by 200 adult volunteers and over 60 school children, the tapestry tells the story of the clash of forces between labour and capital in the fight for union recognition and the right to collective bargaining resulting in 100,000 people facing starvation at end of 1913.

This remarkable and unique Irish work of Art consisting of 9 panels was produced by a diverse range of groups including the Irish Embroidery Guild, the Irish Patchwork Society, the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, community activists, trade unionists, school students, people with disabilities and prisoners.
It was commissioned by NCAD and trade union, SIPTU.

As part of The Decade of Commemorations, the tapestry will be exhibited from Tuesday 17 February to Saturday 28 March at Dublin City Library & Archive in Pearse Street.  It will then be on view at Ballyfermot Library during April.

Senior cycle students will find this exhibition of particular interest, with Dublin 1913 - Dublin Lockout and Strike forming part of the senior cycle history syllabus.

Admission to the exhibition is free.  (Groups of 12 or more will need to book. Schools groups are particularly welcome).
Opening times at the Dublin City Library & Archive: 
Monday to Thursday:  10.00 am – 8.00 pm
Friday and Saturday:  10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Booking enquiries:   Tel. 01 6744806
Email:   dublinpubliclibraries@dublincity.ie

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