Women of the liberties in Art




CURATORS Giuseppe Crupi & Anna Rita Mele






POET Dermott Hayes


"Women of the Liberties in Art" is a community art project. It aims to celebrate the strong women of the Liberties which are the true soul of this area. This Street Photography Exhibition is in Newmarket Square and was launched on the 8th of March 2020 for the Liberties International Women's Day Festival 2020. 


Six strong women from the Liberties joined our playful project bringing to life six iconic portraits: 

Rita Fagan as "Rosie the Riveter" by Norman Rockwell, 

Liz O'Connor as Frida Kahlo in her "Self-portrait with necklace", 

Mairin Johnston as "Rosa Bonheur" by Consuelo Fold, 

Sharon Kelleher as "Ann Devlin" by Maser, 

Aideen Darcy as Artemisia Gentileschi in her "Self-portrait",

Veronica Cahill as “Portrait of the Journalist Silvya Von Harden" by Otto Dix.

The idea is to express the vital message of these paintings whose core spirit is very current and can be fully represented by these unsung heroines who fight everyday to empower women.

It is also a way to bring art to the streets to celebrate the old masters creating a visual connection among women of all times and places.


This way we wish to transform the Liberties city walls into panels of artistic messages to promote women's rights through the persons who best represent their strength, pride and resilience.


All our projects are community based, in particular this one was developed through different steps strengthening our connection to the Liberties.


All our projects are launched with an outdoor gathering in front of the exhibition.

Our events are always open to everyone including people passing by in order to present the work to the community with the community.

All our events are family friendly, all inclusive, free of charge and aim to bring culture and art to the streets. We want our projects to be accessible to everyone including people with disabilities and to blend with the area to enhance the strong sense of identity of the Liberties and stimulate street conversations on art and social issues.

This time the presenter was Joyce Reid who is a very important active member of the Liberties and she introduced the six women portrayed who talked about their story and their relationship with the Liberties. 


At the end Dermott Hayes, a poet from the Liberties recited one of his poems written for the occasion.

The aim is to offer cultural public entertainment to bring the community together and to give the opportunity to the local to know better some of the amazing people who are living in the Liberties.

"Women of the Liberties in Art" Community Project was supported by