In November 2007, the Family Resource Centre (FRC) Women’s Group together with Phil Keane, FRC project worker, collaborated with Common Ground and photographer Aislinn Delaney to develop two pieces of work.
Using eighteenth century costumes and props to explore the differences between the daily lives of women then and now, Blast from the Past emerged as a photographic project. Aislinn worked with the local women to explore the history of the area as well as sharing her skills as a professional photographer. The work was publically exhibited in St. Michael’s Estate.
Following on from that, No Ordinary Lives was inspired by the stories of women prisoners and visitors linked with Kilmainham Gaol over the years. The local women re-enacted scenes in the jail from stories told about these women which were captured through photography. This work was exhibited publically on bus shelters in the area and also in St. Michaels Estate.
The Women’s Group is Nicky Fahy, Deirdre Mockler, Adrienne Shortt and Claire Smyth.
Aislinn Delaney completed a BA in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport and returned to St. Michael’s Estate in 2007 to work in collaboration with the local Family Resource Centre as well as on her own documentary practice.