Gendering Revolution at the Irish World Heritage Centre has been created especially for the opening of Con & Eva, an exhibition exploring the influential and unconventional lives of the aristocratic Anglo-Irish sisters, Constance Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth.
Both women rebelled against their privileged upbringing, but in different ways. Markievicz would go on to become a revolutionary nationalist, suffragette, socialist and was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising. Gore-Booth would become an Irish poet, dramatist, pacifist and committed suffragist. She lived in Manchester for many years with her partner Esther Roper, where they campaigned for equal employment and voting rights for working-class women.
This event will explore the contribution that Markievicz and Gore-Booth made to contemporary feminist, LGBT and queer activism, with an eye to the live debates of our day that the sisters might have championed. Attendees at the event are also invited to the official opening of the exhibition, which will take place immediately afterwards.
Con & Eva runs at the Irish Heritage Centre, 10 March – 30 June 2017. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between staff at PRONI (Public Records Office of Northern Ireland), Manchester School of Art, University College Dublin (UCD) and Aarhus University in Denmark.