Facilitators: Dr. Azelina Flint and Rita Ann Jones
Women’s iconography in the 21st Century seeks to both promote the work of female iconography and to foster interfaith dialogue by leading public workshops creating icons of women from a variety of religious and secular backgrounds.
Participants will be guided by artist Rita Ann Jones who has created a method of art-making inspired by the icon making process.
Venue: Solas Bhride Centre, Tully Road, Kildare Town
Time: 12 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Admission: €10.00 - includes light lunch and cost of art materials
Places limited to 20
Dr Azelina Flint (Maynooth University) and Rita Ann Jones (Coleg Menai) will host an image-making workshop inspired by the ancient artform of iconography at the Solas Bhríde Centre on 17th February 2024. The workshop is part of a larger programme of events hosted by the Contemporary Women Icons AHRC-funded Research Project, which raises awareness of women’s understudied accomplishments in the ancient sacred art practice of Orthodox iconography and supports local community groups in creating icons of overlooked, or obscured, women from their own communities. In the workshop, delegates will draw on the techniques, rituals, and theories of iconography to create images of early Celtic women as part of the year-long Brigid 1500 celebrations. During this interfaith event, we will discuss how to expand the visibility of Celtic women in sacred art, as well as the ways in which they straddle the two definitions of an “icon” as a devotional image and a celebrated person who is a symbol for a wider community. Together, we will explore how sacred art can portray spiritual encounters with female icons from our communities and discuss how we might expand the representation of women in Christian worship. Through welcoming delegates of all faiths and none, we hope to foster dialogue about how images, rituals, and female icons, have enriched our lives with a focus on the things we share.
The price of the ticket includes lunch and refreshments at 12 midday and the cost of art materials.
Dr Azelina Flint is a specialist in women’s writing and creative practice whose research explores the relationship between female faith communities and feminist advocacy. She has published extensively on nineteenth-century British and American women’s writing. Her creative practice encompasses poetry, memoir and the reflective essay and is primarily concerned with how contemporary creative writing is shaped by our engagement with the writers and artists who inspire us, especially forgotten women in history. She teaches at Maynooth University.
Rita Ann Jones is a multidisciplinary artist and member of Troiica Art Group, Wales. She is particularly interested in women’s work and crafts. She has an MA in Art Practice from Glyndwr University, Wrexham, and a BA in Fine Art from Coleg Menai, Bangor. She will be travelling from Wales for the event.