Women on Walls at RCSI

In 2019, RCSI, Accenture and Business to Arts unveiled a series of new portraits that recognises the pioneering achievements of a group of eight extraordinary women and aims to enhance the visibility of historical female leaders in healthcare to inspire future generations. In March 2018, artists were invited to submit a proposal to Business to Arts, project managers of the initiative. A selection committee identified six artists that were commissioned. The group of artists worked with RCSI archivists and team to research their subjects and complete the portraits. The portraits are now hanging in the Board Room of RCSI on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin’s city centre.

Women on Walls at RCSI: Our Subjects

Women on Walls at RCSI: The Podcast

Listen to the eight-part podcast series celebrating the lives of these Irish women who forged careers in healthcare at a time in Ireland when women were expected to stay at home.

Women on Walls at RCSI: Commissioned Artists

In March 2018, artists were invited to submit a proposal to Business to Arts. A selection committee identified six artists who worked with RCSI archivists and team to research their subjects and complete the portraits.

William Nathans

Subject: Dean Mary Frances Crowley

Catherine Creaney

Subject: Dr Barbara Maive Stokes

Mick O’Dea

Subjects: Dr Mary Somerville Parker Strangman, Dr (Emily) Winifred Dickson

Benita Stoney

Subject: Dr Margaret (Pearl) Dunlevy

Enda Griffin

Subject: Sr Dr Maura Lynch

Molly Judd

Subjects: Dr Mary Josephine Hannan, Dr Victoria Coffey

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Women on Walls at the Royal Irish Academy

In 2016, Accenture in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, commissioned five portraits of leading female academics. The finished artworks are on public display in the Royal Irish Academy, the first portraits of female subjects to grace the walls in the Academy’s 230-year history. The five portraits were unveiled at a special event on 7th December 2016 and consist of four individual portraits of the first four female Members of the Royal Irish Academy, elected in 1949. The fifth portrait is a group portrait of eight female scientists, who are recipients of the European Research Council Starter Grants 2012 – 2015 and were chosen as representatives of a generation of outstanding young female scientists working in Ireland today.

Women on Walls at RIA: Our Subjects

Women on Walls at RIA: The Documentary

Due to the level of public interest and historical significance of our campaign, a documentary was commissioned to tell the story of Women on Walls at the Royal Irish Academy.

Women on Walls at RIA: Commissioned Artists

The RIA open call to artists was managed by Business to Arts and elicited an impressive response. The judging panel tasked with the challenge of selecting the artists comprised leading figures in the Irish business and arts communities.

Blaise Smith

Subjects: Professors Deborah Laefer, Aoife McLysaght, Emma Teeling, Sarah McCormack, Catríona Lally, Lydia Lynch. Doctors Aoife Gowen, Maria McNamara.

Vera Klute

Subjects: Sheila Tinney, Françoise Henry, Phyllis Clinch, Eleanor Knott

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Media Coverage

The Irish Times

The female trailblazers of Irish medicine

Business in the Community Ireland

Accenture launch Women on Walls at RIA

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