Australian artist Christina Henri is visiting Ireland with her cloth bonnet memorial that remembers the lives of the women exiled to Australia as convicts 1788-1853.
For many their crime was that of poverty. They and their children are paid tribute in Christina's memorials, 'Roses from the Heart' and ' Cherished Babies'.
You are VERY WELCOME to attend any of her events.
From 13th September onwards there will be a 'Roses from the Heart' bonnet exhibition in the Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin.
On Wednesday 25 September at 11.00am at the Down Gaol Museum there will be a 'Blessing of the Bonnets' ceremony where babies’ bonnets created by over 200 students from Downpatrick will be included amongst the bonnets blessed. This event includes music and refreshments. On Saturday 5th October in Derry, as part of the City of Culture Program, a workshop to be held in the small room of the Guild Hall from 10.00-4.00. The workshop is to create baby's bonnets from shirts sourced in Derry (connecting with the on Irish Guild of Embroiderers.
Blessing of the Bonnets' ceremony at the St Coleman's Cathedral, Cobh, County Cork on Sunday 20th October at 12.00. Accompanied by the Bedizzole Marching Band from Italy the bonnets for the 150 women and 34 children born to the exiled women on the ill-fated ship, the Neva, will be marched through the streets of Cobh to the Cobh Heritage Centre, where they will become a permanent public installation. This event is part of the Gathering/Cork Rebel Week. ALL welcome.