Update for week of 06 February 2017

From Grangegorman to Tasmania

Dr. Christina Henri is making a return visit to Grangegorman on Friday 03 March to commemorate the thousands of women and children who left from Grangegorman for Tasmania in the 19th century.  Dr. Henri, who is Artist in Residence at the Cascades Female Factory in Hobart, visited DIT Grangegorman two years ago and gave a talk about her memorial to the thousands of women who were transported from Grangegorman to Tasmania.  In total, 25,566 women from Europe between 1788 and 1853 were sent to what was known then as Van Diemen’s Land. 

To create this massive work of art, Dr. Henri has invited people from around the world to make and contribute a servant’s bonnet, symbolising the life of each of the women.  She has already received over 24,000 bonnets for what she hopes will become a permanent memorial in Tasmania. 

In Ireland, a group of women in the Dóchas Centre in Mountjoy have made bonnets to add to the project and these will be displayed during the event in Grangegorman.  The event will be public and it is expected that several hundred people will attend, including the Australian Ambassador, the Governor of the Dóchas Centre, and the Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone TD.

More details will be provided when the final running order is available.  You can also follow Christina Henri’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaHenriRosesFromTheHeart/