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Leanne McDonagh

Broken Barriers2016

Accommodate vs. Assimilate by Leanne McDonagh investigates the devastating housing crises and human rights violations endured by the Irish Travelling Community in contemporary Ireland. Commissioned for Triskel, Cork. For this body of work Leanne visited Traveller families all over Ireland and photographed their living conditions. She was shocked by what she found. “Government policy says that the Traveller way of life is being supported by the provision of a variety of different types of housing: this isn’t true,” Leanne says. Texted sourced from:

MediumMixed Media on Arches Oil Paper
Dimensions Unframed, 42 x 59.4 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2020
Item NumberIMMA.4179
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Leanne McDonagh, Broken Barriers, 2016, Mixed Media on Arches Oil Paper, Unframed, 42 x 59.4 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2020

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Leanne McDonagh

Artist and an educator Leanne McDonagh grew up on a halting site and gained first-hand experience of the prejudices and misconceptions that society has about Travellers. McDonagh attended Crawford College of Art and Design. She has exhibited nationally and is the Traveller Education Coordinator for Cork Institute of Technology. In 2020 McDonagh illustrated the short story book  “Why The Moon Travels” written by a fellow Traveller, Oein De Bhairduin.

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