After the presentations of Still, We Work in Dublin, Galway, Cork, and this year in Donegal and Kilkenny, it will now be spread across Limerick City, with a series of events accompanying its weeklong presence. The artworks are sited in three major cultural institutions of the city – Dance Limerick, Limerick City Gallery of Art and The Hunt Museum – to create a trail throughout Limerick, and a tactile way of experiencing the city while contemplating each particular artwork.
One of the biggest issues facing women in Ireland today is the continuing erosion in the quality and security of jobs, in sectors which women predominate. Integral to Still, We Work is the intrinsic links between women’s work and the inequalities that women widely experience in society. The exhibition is a unique collaboration of artists and NWCI, which provides a platform for women and artists from a diversity of backgrounds, to come together and examine these issues through different forms of art. NWCI members have worked with the artists to create some of the pieces on display, based on their own experiences of the formal labour market, as well as their work in the community and the home. The exhibition arrives in Limerick at a crucial time, ahead of Budget 2016 and the upcoming General Election, where it is critical that we as a nation recognise the paid and unpaid, seen and unseen work women do.