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Women of Art and Medicine exhibition at RCPI during Heritage Week

By Reporter - 14th Aug 2023

A special exhibition, ‘Changing Perceptions: Women of Art and Medicine’ takes place at RCPI, No 6 Kildare Street, Dublin this week as part of Heritage Week (14 – 18 August).

The exhibition, open to the public from 10am to 4pm, brings the artworks of and by women to prominence, demonstrating the changing role of women in medicine and art.

A new self-guided tour will take participants around the building to learn more about the women represented in the artworks as physicians, painters and patients.

Ms Harriet Wheelock, Keeper of Collections at RCPI and curator of the exhibition, said it is not surprising that most of the artworks in the College’s collection are of and by men.

“This exhibition is an important correction and demonstrates the changing role of women in our history and in the sphere of medicine and artistic practice,” said Ms Wheelock.

“What is so valuable about our collection is the story each piece tells. Our nineteenth century medical illustrations, for example, document diseases and conditions reflective of era, class and gender. In many cases the sketch of the patient is the only record of that person’s life.”

Featured portraits include: Dr Kathleen Lynn, who’s diaries, which she started record her role as Chief Medical Officer for the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Rising, are also housed in RCPI; Professor Mary Horgan, the first female President of the RCPI and Laura Brennan, patient advocate and health campaigner.

Art Historian Dr Kathryn Milligan will lead a guided tour of the art collection as part of the Heritage Week. Dr Milligan is an art historian specialising in nineteenth and twentieth century Irish Art.

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