We are 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 have been invited to individually respond to the upcoming exhibition theme exploring its contemporary relevance.
Each artist has produced their own letterpress print that will be on display during the exhibition “Print, Protest and The Polls: The Irish women’s suffrage campaign and the power of print media”.
Here we have Mary Plunkett’s response.
Limited edition of 100 commemorating 100 years of women’s right to vote.
€100 each or full set of three for €280 (please contact info[@]nationalprintmuseum.ie to arrange full set sale)
The Irish Women’s Franchise League was founded in 1908 as an organization for women’s suffrage. Its paper was ‘The Irish Citizen’, published from 1912 to 1920.
To mark the centenary of the first female vote in Ireland and the impact of print, I chose to commemorate this radical newspaper and one of its founders, the Irish feminist, educator and journalist, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington.
The print makes use of the Irish colours as the Irish suffragettes wore traditional dress to stand out from the other nationalities at the major rallies in Britain. Hanna Sheehy Skeffington wore her graduation robes with a Celtic motif.
‘For Men and Women Equally The Rights of Citizenship; For Men and Women Equally The Duties of Citizenship’.