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Hannah Starkey

Principled & Revolutionary: Northern Ireland’s Peace Women.

Hannah Starkey
Past exhibition

Please note, this exhibition has now ended. 

This year marks 25 years since the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. Ulster Museum has partnered with Belfast Photo Festival to present their newly commissioned body of work by renowned photographer Hannah Starkey. This project honours and celebrates the women who helped bring peace to Northern Ireland.

Research has demonstrated that women’s participation in peace processes results in more durable and stable peace. Analysis of 40 peace processes since the end of the Cold War shows that, in cases where women were able to exercise a strong influence on the negotiation process, there was a much higher chance that an agreement would be reached.

Starkey’s artwork aims to ignite a conversation about the impact and importance of women’s leadership, not just here, but globally. The 21 portraits in this exhibition highlight some of the many women who have been pivotal to peace building and community activism in this country through their work in the political, cultural and social spheres. Through exploring these—too often untold—stories, we hope to shine a light on the legacies and impact of women’s activism here and to inspire younger generations of women to make their voices heard.

Hannah Starkey (Belfast, born 1971) is a world-renowned photographer who has dedicated her entire career to depicting the lives of women, including her work in recent years on women activists across the globe. Her work is held in the collections of Tate, Ulster Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and Irish Museum of Modern Art among others

This exhibition will take place in Gallery 5 and will be on show from 7th April to 10th September 2023. No booking necessary. 

Image Credit: ‘Margaretta D'Arcy’ Hannah Starkey. Commissioned by Belfast Photo Festival. Image courtesy BPF / The Artist

The European Parliament Liaison Office in the United Kingdom strives to raise awareness of the European Parliament’s work and support for fundamental European values, in particular its long-lasting commitment to peace.

Hannah Starkey