The Amulet

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Marie Brett

Preview : 15 January 2015 5pm to 8pm

The Amulet, by artist Marie Brett, is a national exhibition tour of exploring infant loss presented in association with Create Ireland.
Shedding light on an often hidden aspect of Irish life, the exhibition stems from The Amulet project (2009-2013), a collaboration between artist Marie Brett, bereaved parents, and three hospital sites: Cork University Maternity Hospital, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, and Waterford Regional Hospital.
We all have amulets, those special objects often hidden away in drawers and cupboards which mark a significant time, occasion or person in our lives. Bereaved parents worked with artist Marie Brett to locate an amulet they possessed which has significance in relation to the loss of their baby. Marie recorded the stories behind the chosen amulets and these stories, together with visual materials gifted by the parents, formed the basis for a new artwork. Intimate and universally relatable, you’ll feel and think differently about loss after seeing this show.
The Amulet exhibition toured to Galway, Limerick and Cork in 2014.
The Amulet Exhibition Tour is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Touring and Dissemination of Work Award. The Dublin Exhibition and Public Programme is supported by Create, the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts. For more information visit

Programme of free public events for the Amulet Exhibition

Live Performance
15 January 5pm to 7pm, the LAB Gallery
Ceara Conway, Helga Deasy, Dominic Thorpe and Frances Mezetti

The Amulet will launch at The LAB Gallery with a special performance event from 5-7pm on Thursday 15 January 2015. Artists Ceara Conway, Helga Deasy, Dominic Thorpe and Frances Mezzetti will respond to the artwork through voice, dance and performance art.  This event is free. All welcome.

The Amulet - Public Discussion
16 January , 3pm to 5pm
On Friday 16 January, there will be a Round Table discussion from 3-5pm hosted by Create with participants from arts, healthcare and bereavement settings. This event is free. All welcome. To book a place at the Round Table discussion visit

The Amulet will continue at The LAB Gallery until 28 March 2015.
The LAB Gallery, Dublin City Council, Arts Office, The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin 1. Ph: (01) 222 5455.
Exhibition opening hours: Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm | Saturday: 10am - 6pm



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