Press Release

The Making Marks with Markievicz group have announced their exhibition date and title,

Glimpses of Escape: your monochrome, my technicolour
When:  Thursday 30th January 2020 at 7pm
Where: Áras Chill Dara, Kildare County Council Office, Naas, Co Kildare. W91 X77F
Contact: Vera at or telephone 086 2584367

Glimpses of Escape: your monochrome, my technicolour

Glimpses of Escape: your monochrome, my technicolour is an exhibition of works by women artists from the Kildare County Council Municipal Art Collection. Curated by Vera McEvoy and the Making Marks with Markievicz project group. This group of thirteen women have met weekly since September 2019 while exploring and researching the collection, art making processes and the life of Irish women artists over the last one century.

The selection includes works by artist Evie Hone (1894-1955), Sandy Kennedy, Bernie Leahy, Norah McGuinness (1901-1980) Ann McKenna, Carly McNulty, Niamh O’Malley, Amelia Peart, Dorothy Smith and Emma Stroude.

Kildare County Council’s Municipal Collection has steadily grown since it was established through the Architects Department in the 1970’s. The exhibition includes the collection’s most recently acquired artwork by Emma Stroude. Emma’s work entitled The Red Flag (above) was selected by the Making Marks with Markievicz group on behalf of Kildare Council Arts Service and was purchased in October 2019 during her solo exhibition in The Kildare Gallery in Carton House.

Do join us to view this exciting collection of women’s artworks created over the last one hundred years. The exhibition catalogue will include a newly commissioned essay by writer Sue Rainsford in response to the project. The exhibition will run until 6th March and can be viewed Monday – Friday during office hours. A lunchtime closing talk will take place on Thursday 5th March at 1pm in celebration of International Women’s Day 2020 given by Sue Rainsford.

More information on the formation of the group here or contact: Vera at 086 2584367 or email

Sincere thanks to our funders: Kildare County Council, Creative Ireland and The Arts Council. A special thank you to all the Kildare Arts Service staff, Naas Library staff, Sue Rainsford, support volunteer Bryan Lenehan, County Kildare Leader Partnership and Kildare Local Transport Link for all their support and encouragement throughout this project.