Giving Voice – An Exhibition of Selected Pieces from Mary Robinson’s Archive

Posted in Connect on February 19, 2015.


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Giving Voice – An Exhibition of Selected Pieces from Mary Robinson’s Archive

Presented by The Mary Robinson Centre & Curated in Collaboration with Varvara Shavrova

Launch 21 February 2015 at 4pm

Exhibition runs to 31 October 2015

Ballina Library | Pearse Street | Ballina, Co. Mayo

You are invited to join Mary Robinson for the launch of Giving Voice, an Exhibition of Selected Pieces from her Archive, presented by The Mary Robinson Centre. Launching February 21st at 4pm at Ballina Library, the exhibition will run to end October 2015.

Giving Voice will be the first time Mary’s archive has been publicly exhibited, offering an exclusive insight into the life and work of Ireland’s first female President, charting her career championing human rights. A precious gift of historical material that to helped shape the Ireland we live in today and continues to shape the world, it includes over 500,000 documents, letters, artefacts, books, photographs and much more.

The exhibition will show Mary’s US Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President Obama, letters from the Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton and Vaclav Havel, personal memories such as paintings gifted by children during her Presidency and of course the light that stood in the window of Áras an Uachtaráin. Varvara Shavrova, a Ballycastle based visual artist has created The Tree of Voices, a focal piece for the exhibition, illustrating Mary’s work with the United Nations, The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and The Elders among others – the vital role of giving voice to the voiceless, an enduring theme carried from her Presidential election campaign.

Ireland’s first Presidential Library, The Mary Robinson Centre will be housed in Mary’s childhood home Victoria House on the banks of the River Moy in Ballina. The Centre will be home to a museum, presidential archive, educational and research facility and events venue. The inspiration for this project came from the people of Ballina, who, learning that Mary’s archive was available, thought her home town the ideal place to display her archive. Developed in partnership with Mayo County Council and NUI Galway, the Centre will open in its permanent home at Victoria House in Spring 2017.

For further information please contact:

Susan Heffernan, Project Manager – The Mary Robinson Centre


Phone: 086 8093965



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