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St Brigid’s Day
Project Space #2

  • Thursday 1 February 2024
  • 6.30pm-9.30pm
  • Admission free

To mark St Brigid's Day, a public holiday in Ireland since 2023, the CCI invites you to celebrate and honour female creativity and resilience. Dame Mary Peters, a true Olympic legend, is our guest of honour this evening. A gold medallist at the Munich Olympics in 1972, the former Northern Irish pentathlon champion, now a youth sport ambassador, will talk about the endurance and perseverance needed to achieve great things. In discussion with this admired and popular figure are Vanessa Daws and Nina McGowan, two talented artists who combine their passions for visual expression and sport (Vanessa is a long-distance swimmer, Nina a freediver) and who are both presenting their work in our Project Space #2.

Opening this evening, the second phase of the Project Space - which also includes the work of artists Christine Mackey and Susan Hughes - focuses on the lure, lore and power of the sea through films, photographs, drawings and more.

A screening of works by resident filmmaker Roisín Loughrey adds to this inspiring evening in the company of accomplished women. It culminates with the traditional folk harmonies of Landless, an a capella group composed of four women… whose concert this evening includes a song they performed as part of Vanessa Daws' 'Swimming a Long Way Together' project.

Our Chapel Session with Landless culminates this special evening:

Our Médiathèque has created a special sporting selection of Irish literature and cinema that focuses on sport in the arts. Browse the selection online and do take a look when you next visit the CCI.