The “Stay With Me” art exhibit opens in Dublin this week

A new art exhibit opening in Dublin will pay tribute to the 796 babies who were buried in a crude mass grave at the Tuam Mother and Baby home.

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The art exhibit, named ‘Stay With Me,’ will feature different installations spanning different art mediums.

Dino Notaro, the Irish-Italian curator for the exhibit, told the Independent: “The exhibition is called Stay With Me. It’s a group of artists coming together to showcase in honor of the Tuam babies."

IMAGES OF WORKS 'IN PROGRESS' Prep. continues at Inspire Galerie for 'Stay With Me' our first exhibition of...

Publiée par In-spire Galerie Dublin sur Samedi 12 janvier 2019

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“There are a variety of works across a variety of mediums. The emphasis is love, healing, and understanding. It’s a human story and through art we want to showcase that.”

RTÉ visited the gallery ahead of its opening:

Infants buried at Tuam mother-and-baby home site being honoured in new exhibition

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) January 12, 2019

Run by the Bon Secours order of nuns, the now notorious Tuam Mother and Baby Home operated in Galway from 1925 to 1961. Unwed mothers were sent to the Home to give birth; many were subjected to having their children placed for adoption both illegally and without mothers consent.

In 2013, historian Catherine Corless discovered a trove of death certificates from the Home, but no corresponding burial certificates. Her research led to the discovery of a mass grave at the site where nearly 800 children were buried.

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The opening of the new art show is scheduled for two weeks ahead of what is supposed to be the delivery of a final report on the inquest into the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.  The Irish Times, however, reports that the commission has requested an extension.

An exhumation at the Home is also expected to be conducted this year.

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The Stay With Me exhibition will be open to the public for two weeks beginning  January 17. 

A Labour of Love Today at Inspire we have the opening night reception of our first exhibition of 2019. ' Stay With Me' Join us at the gallery from 6pm. Guest Speakers and Artists will be present.

Publiée par In-spire Galerie Dublin sur Jeudi 17 janvier 2019

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You can watch a preview of ‘Stay With Me’ here: