Common Threads- The Pattern That Connects

The Pattern that Connects ,20x20cm embroidery on black cotton , 2022  Niamh Cunningham in collaboration with Dolores Cunningham 


This recent work is part of a patchwork blanket of artworks by Irish diaspora artists and artists with Irish Community links worldwide. It is made in celebration of the first Saint Brigid’s Day on Feb 1st 2023 . (Bank Holiday is on the first Monday of Feb )

The Common Threads project for St Brigid’s day celebrations 2023 is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

This work is currently exhibited at  EPIC, Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin. Feb 1-14th 2023


Below is a two minute video of making the artwork while back in Ireland . 

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Sucrose Series showing alongside Microbe Art in online ‘Artists from Ireland’ catalogue


Thrilled to be showing “Sucrose” series side-by- side with “Microbe” artwork in this online catalogue at the Sasse Museum of Art, LA, USA.

This online exhibition hosts thirteen Irish artists including :



Abigail O’Brien

Una Sealy

Diana Copperwhite

Niamh Cunningham

Sile Walsh

Trudi Van der Elsen

Mick O Dea

Tom Fitzgerald

Eamon Colman

James Horan

Maurice Quillinan

Stephen Lawlor

Diane Henshaw


Here is the link to the catalogue where you can learn more about each artist here,



On Saturday  15th January PST,  interesting  artist talk on Zoom was moderated by John Brantingham and hosted by Gene Sasse held on Saturday 15th January PST


Sasse Museum of Art link is



Special thank you to curator Maurice Quillinan for gathering a wonderful exhibition together , for bringing it to the right people at the Sasse Museum of Art  where it  was produced with perfect care and insight.








Straitjackets made of ceremonial military uniforms, a last etheral dance, digitised histories on 100 paper aeroplanes showing at WhiteBox Centre NYC

2. Hair lock copy

This post looks at a few of the participating artists’ work on the challenging subject of sexual violence in times of conflict, taken from both a historical and global perspective.




Niamh Cunningham: Hair Lock Knitted artist’s hair 36 x 66 cm 2015 (Click on the side bar of this page for a short video about making this)

The first exhibition of the “Intimate Transgressions” project was launched at the WhiteBox gallery NYC on September 3rd. This multi media exhibition explores the human experience of war from a gender perspective and aims to give a better public understanding of the institutional and individual violence towards women which occurs during conflicts. The exhibition was presented by CAPA (Center for Asian Pacific Affairs) and WhiteBox Gallery.


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