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The Uncertainty of History: Remembering Eileen Quinn

Visual Arts
 Friday, 21 February 2020 10:00 Place: Galway Arts Centre

A solo exhibition by Bernadette Burns
The Uncertainty of History

Exhibition opening 6pm on Friday 10th January 2020 in Galway Arts Centre

Opening by Dr. Siún Hanrahan

Exhibition runs until Friday 21st February 2020

Bernadette Burns’ multimedia art practice focuses on memory and change, on how there are many strands and versions of a story rather than a single factual truth. The paintings, sculpture, audio and artist's books in this exhibition grew from a diary entry by her grandmother Tessie Burns referring to the shooting of Eileen, her younger sister:

"Ist November 1920 (Monday)

My sister, Eileen Quinn was shot at Corker by the Black and Tans at 3pm, she died at 10pm. She was 25 years old."

At 3 o’clock in the afternoon of 1st. November 1920, Eileen was standing at her front garden gate holding her infant daughter Tessie, and was with her two young children Alfie and Eva. She was seven months pregnant. Two trucks drove along with ‘Auxiliaries’ in them. Someone from the first truck shot Eileen and they continued driving. She was brought into her home, and survived to tell the story to a few visitors. It took a long time for the doctor and priest to get there, and she slowly bled to death, dying after 10 that night.

This exhibition explores family memory as a valid addition to the canon of history.

Bernadette is a painter who works with drawing, photography, sculpture, video and book making. She has exhibited in Ireland, Spain and Greece.

Exhibition opening 6pm Friday 10 January

Orla Higgins will give a talk on Saturday 11th January entitled Reprisals - the short Life and tragic Death of Eileen Quinn.

Gerard Quinn will give a talk on Saturday 18th January 'Legalised Illegality – Reflections on the Killing of Eileen Quinn in the Irish War of Independence and the Value of Forgiveness’




Audio Described Tour for visitors with visual impairments Wednesday 19 February 11.00am in Galway Arts Centre
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Social Guide
The Social Guide will include specific information about what to expect in the exhibition. This will help first-time visitors, families and visitors with additional needs such as autism to prepare for a visit.
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This exhibition is supported by Galway City Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


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