Dara McGrath (b. 1970)Hidden Histories

Available through The Art Library

On DisplayWestern Gateway Building, UCC
ProvenanceCommunity Commission

Dara McGrath’s series of 5 Hidden Histories photographic portraits capture the sitters in reflective moments. The photographs position the sitter staring off to the left, as they contemplate what they see as advances in women’s rights during their lifetime and consider the role women have played in shaping Cork city. Created as part of the Hidden Histories project at the Glucksman in 2018 to mark 100 years of women’s right to vote in Ireland, the portraits celebrate the storyteller/sitter as well as the story being told. In taking the portraits, McGrath drew inspiration from the Barrack Obama ‘Hope’ poster designed by artist Shepard Fairey, with the sitter looking ahead to further progress. In the portrait, the artist is also referencing the style of portraits that were taken in the many photographic studios that lined Cork city’s main streets in 1918.

Learning Resources

Exhibitions/Projects at the Glucksman


Moving Spaces


Hidden Histories