Culture Night

Forget Me Not - commissioned by Headford Lace Project from Jojo Hynes on Vimeo.

'Forget Me Not’, remembers thirteen Headford girls aged 15-19 who left Ireland for Australia under the Orphan Emigration Scheme. Filmed in the Headford area and featuring local teenagers, this film humanises the historical workhouse passenger lists.

Focusing on empathy to communicate how brave theses young girls were to leave their homeland and escape the workhouses and the devastation of the Great Famine in Ireland, ’Forget Me Not’ is a contemporary poetic response to these historic events by visual artist Jojo Hynes.

The bonnets in the film were created from a callout by Headford Lace Project in response to a project by artist Christina Henri from Tasmania. This film was commissioned by Headford Lace Project through Culture Night funding from Galway County Council.


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International Lace Exhibition for Galway 2020


Headford Lace Project is delighted to announce that Fiona Harrington has been appointed as curator for our international lace exhibition which will be held in Headford in late 2020. We are thrilled to be working with such an internationally renowned artist who has traditional lace making skills at the heart of her practice. We are very excited about Fiona’s vision for the exhibition and the many possibilities offered by this collaboration.

Fiona Harrington says:

I am excited to be working with the Headford Lace Project in developing this exhibition.
My vision for the show is to provide a platform for those working with handmade lace to share their work with the public and to highlight the incredible skills of lacemakers around the world.
The tradition of making lace by hand has been practiced for generations. In recent years however, there has been a surge of interest in these processes. Artists, designers and lacemakers are not only interested in preserving these skills through mastering technical understanding, but they also wish to push the boundaries of what lace is and what lace is considered to be.
The Headford Lace Project exhibition will be an opportunity to bring these ideas together and showcase the future of lacemaking in Ireland and further afield.

This project is funded by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture as part of the Small Towns Big Ideas programme.

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