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Irish Architects in St Brigid’s Day Celebrations at the Irish Embassy London

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018

La Fheile Brid - A celebration of Creative Irish Women in the Arts
Report by Angela Brady, RIAI London Forum

Photo: (left to right) Aisling O’Neill; architect Angela Brady, OBE; Sabina Higgins; and Irish fashion designer Una Burke at the talk on ‘Fashion and Architecture’ to mark St Brigid’s Day at the Irish Embassy in London on 1 February
(Photo by Malcolm McNally, Irish Post)

This year the Irish Ambassador to Britain, H E Adrian O'Neill, hosted the first St Brigid's Day / La Fheile Brid - A Celebration of Creative Irish Women in the Arts. 2018 is certainly a year for women's issues coming to the fore and the Irish Embassy gathered together Irish women to celebrate their achievements across the arts in music poetry, writing, art, design fashion and architecture and giving these inspirational women recognition.

Photo: (left to right) architect Angela Brady, and Alison McKenna Director of La Fheile Brid

This new venture, La Fheile Brid, was directed by Alison McKenna and she asked me to curate a show of eight Irish women in architecture. I thought an interesting way to showcase architecture was that each person selected a current project along with a 3D model of a detail of this. Most importantly was to ask what advice would they give to school children to encourage them into architecture so each exhibition panel is personalised and can be shared on social media or in schools and others exhibitions.

Irish Architects featured in the St Brigid’s Day celebrations at the Irish Embassy London

There were nine creative talks and exhibitions during the day; all voice-recorded to be featured on the Irish embassy website. Michael D Higgins and Sabina enjoyed the mixture of creativity and sat in on all the events including a talk on ‘Architecture and Fashion’ where Irish fashion designer Una Burke spoke about the amazing leather outfits she makes for Lady Gaga and Madonna, which I compared to a curvaceous fit-out we are working on for the Crown Plaza Hotel in Kensington. Special guests included Orla Kiely, Darina Allen and Singer Camille O'Sullivan.

The hope is that La Fheile Brid / St Brigid’s Day will be celebrated in every embassy around the world every year. Women will also be in key positions leading the St. Patrick's Day parade in London this year so it's time to stand up  Irish women and shout loudly and proudly about our creativity it all aspects of our professions and in society. Our next generation need no hurdles or hoops to equality and appreciation.

Categories: Architecture | Exhibitions

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