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Print, Protest, and The Polls: The Irish women’s suffrage campaign and the power of print media, 1908 – 1918

This exhibition commemorates the centenary of the first female vote in Ireland through exploration of the use of print media by the Irish suffragists, and their opponents, in their methods of promotion and protest. The exhibition aims to shine a light on a neglected period in Irish women’s history, while simultaneously exploring the powerful relationship between the contemporary political protest and the developing print media. Exhibition content includes print ephemera, photographs, and newspaper publications which illustrate the influence and effect of protest through print in a period of early media. It demonstrates the role which the process of print played in the Irish fight for women’s rights to vote, and will feature print ephemera which has never before been exhibited publicly. The exhibition iscurated by Donna Gilligan, a material culture historian who specialises in the research of the objects and images of the Irish suffrage campaign.

The exhibition is supported by Dublin City Council, Spera Brand Management, Smurfit Kappa Ireland, European Year of Cultural Heritage, Vermillion, Colorman and the National Library of Ireland.

A full education programme will accompany the exhibition throughout the summer.

17 May – 30 September 2018

Admission free of charge

Replica Series

Together with the National Library of Ireland, the National Print Museum has reproduce and important suffrage poster from 1918.

The poster hails from the NLI’s collection and was printed letterpress on the Museum’s Vandercook press by graphic artist Mary Plunkett.

The commemorative replica is made up of a limited edition of 500 posters that are available in store and online from 16 May at €25 each.

The project is being run in connection with the upcoming exhibition “Print, Protest and The Polls: The Irish women’s suffrage campaign and the power of print media”. The original poster is on loan to the Museum throughout the exhibition period 17 May to 30 September.

The paper is sponsored by Antalis and the plate by Flexographic Plate Plan.

Response Project

The National Print Museum is delighted to announce a project with three leading figures in letterpress in Ireland.

Dave Darcy of One Strong Arm, Mary Plunkett of The Belgrave Private Press, and Jamie Murphy of The Salvage Press were invited to individually respond to the upcoming exhibition theme exploring its contemporary relevance.

Each artist has created their own letterpress print that is on display during the exhibition “Print, Protest and The Polls: The Irish women’s suffrage campaign and the power of print media”. The prints are on sale in store and online. Each print is of a limited edition of just 100 – commemorating 100 years of women’s right to vote and cost €100 each or a special price of €280 for the set.

For more information on the print projects go to the Museum Shop.

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