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Art and The Vote - Irish Women's Suffrage Campaign Winners Announced

The Three winners of the Art & The Vote Campaign Competition; Gemma Mc Kenny, Marilyn Gaffney and Denise Le Blaca at Luan GalleryThe Three winners of the Art & The Vote Campaign Competition; Gemma Mc Kenny, Marilyn Gaffney and Denise Le Blaca at Luan Gallery

To commemorate the centenary of the first granting of votes to women in 1918, Athlone Castle and Luan Gallery are exploring the Irish women’s suffrage campaign through the art it produced. Throughout the Irish campaign for votes for women, suffragists used many forms of visual culture to demonstrate their demands.


They designed protest posters and pamphlets, and created cartoons and illustrations which challenged their critics and persuaded the public of their right to a vote. These pieces of political protest art significantly helped towards the first granting of the vote to women, and to their first participation in the general election vote in 1918.

Luan Gallery invited artists to submit a response to this theme and received a fantastic response.


An opening reception and prize giving ceremony took place on Thursday 15th November 2018.

1st prize went to AIT student Gemma Mc Kenny,
2nd prize went to visual artist Marilyn Gaffney
and 3rd prize went to graphic designer based Denise le Blaca.


Winning and shortlisted entries are now on display in the Boardwalk Gallery until Thursday 29th November 2018. 

Luan Gallery Education Programme for Primary and Secondary Schools

Luan Gallery is a purpose built art gallery space incorporating the renovated and extended 1897 Fr Mathew Hall. Delivering a varied exhibitions programme featuring work by both emerging and established artists from home and abroad, Luan Gallery acts as a resource for the entire community.

Many studies have shown that gallery visits enhance pupils’ learning experiences and at Luan Gallery we strive to ensure that pupils’ visits are enjoyable, relaxed, stimulating and educational. We are committed to encouraging pupils to engage with and think about visual art which in turn helps to develop new skills and confidence.

Primary Schools

We have developed numerous resource materials including activity worksheets, catalogues, tours and workshops each designed to support the meaningful delivery of qualitative art viewing experiences to students, in support of the school curriculum.

Secondary Schools

We have developed a number of resource materials including a Leaving Certificate Art Appreciation Workbook, catalogues, talks, tours and workshops each designed to support the meaningful delivery of the art curriculum to second level students.

For more information on our education programmes, download the booklets below.

Primary School booklet
Secondary School booklet
Primary Schools Education booklet 2016 Secondary Schools Education booklet 2016