Women on Walls at RCSI in partnership with Accenture is a campaign that seeks to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland.
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 have worked with RCSI archivists and team to research their subjects and complete the portraits.
These portraits will recognise the pioneering achievements of eight extraordinary women and enhance the visibility of historical female leaders in healthcare.
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 in partnership with Accenture is a podcast series celebrating the lives of eight Irish women who forged careers in healthcare during a time in Ireland when women were expected to stay at home. Women on Walls is a campaign by Accenture in partnership with RCSI that seeks to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland. The Women on Walls portrait commissions are managed by Business to Arts.
Dr Victoria Coffey (1911 – 1999)
Dr Mary Josephine Hannan (1859 – 1936)
Dr (Emily) Winifred Dickson (1866 – 1944)
Dr Margaret (Pearl) Dunlevy (1909 – 2002)
Dean Mary Frances Crowley (1906 – 1990)
Sr Dr Maura Lynch
(1938 – 2017)
Dr Barbara Maive Stokes
(1922 – 2009)
Dr Mary Somerville Parker Strangman (1872 – 1943)
In 2016, Accenture in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, commissioned five portraits of leading female academics to recognise their achievements and inspire future generations. 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.
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.