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18 - 23 October - The Map


Visual art exhibition as part of ‘The Magdalene Series’. The series explores Mary Magdalene’s associations with the incarceration and institutionalisation of women and proposes a new world, uncurbed by religious, political or societal doctrine. Hosted by Rua Red Arts Centre.

Venue: Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre

Tickets: Free (No Reservation Required)


Alice Maher, artist
Rachel Fallon, artist
Maolíosa Boyle, curator

Visual art exhibition as part of ‘The Magdalene Series’

Rua Red has commissioned five leading female Irish artists to produce new work in response to Mary Magdalene to be exhibited in the gallery space throughout 2021- 2022. The series explores Mary Magdalene’s associations with the incarceration and institutionalisation of women and proposes a new world, uncurbed by religious, political or societal doctrine; a world led by the experience of the Magdalene, viewed through the lens of contemporary feminism and feminist theology.

‘The Map’ by artists Alice Maher and Rachel Fallon, the second exhibition in the series, features a monumental textile sculpture, a mobile, hanging piece, viewed from front and back. The richly worked surface presents an epic mappa mundi, in which the elements of the cartographers’ practice are used as a device to imagine and re-imagine the life, legacy and mythology of the Magdalene and its impact on women’s lives.  An alternative topographic and psychic landscape is uncovered in this witty and complex un-picking of the established narrative around Mary Magdalene, with its own continents, winds, currents and constellations. The giant cloth map comprises of embroidered, knitted, sewn, painted, appliqued, printed and found components, around which the viewer can move. 

Maher and Fallon utilise the iconography of Renaissance maps and medieval tapestries, as well as the language of Victorian ‘cartes de tendre’ and moral schemas such as ‘the Pilgrims progress’, to subvert and challenge the very belief systems and power structures these maps were established to uphold.  

‘The Map’ is available from 8 October 2021 to 15 January 2022.

Rua Red

Rua Red is a contemporary art space housing two galleries, a theatre/cinema, a dance studio, a conference room, a digital media suite, recording facilities, music rooms, workshop areas, artist’s studios, office space and a café.

Rua Red exhibit the work of established Irish and International artists who are committed to producing work within a socio political framework. The education programme reflects the organisations interests with place, politics and people through a challenging programme of events, workshops, screenings and performances that allow audiences and visitors to engage with the exhibitions through the mediums of music, dance, theatre and visual art.

In addition to Rua Red’s programme the organisation also houses and works alongside a number of independent creative organisations and individuals through the provision of office spaces. Rua Red also provide subsidised artist studios which practising artists can hire at a subsidised rate for 1-3 years.


Rua Red is committed to providing a fully accessible experience for all visitors. We are constantly working to try and improve our facilities to make them as accessible as possible. If you have any suggestions as to how we could improve please let us know. For assistance with planning your visit around contact reception on 01 451 5860 or email

Information Desk

Rua Red’s Reception is located straight on from the main entrance. Staff are happy to help with any questions you have.

Lift Access

Our entrance is at street level and all the galleries are wheelchair and buggy accessible. All levels are lift-accessible. A large lift beside the reception area provides access to all floors.

Toilets & baby care facilities

There are accessible toilets on each level and baby changing facilities are available on the ground floor.

Assistance Animals

Guide dogs, hearing and registered assistance dogs are welcome. Staff can provide a bowl of water.

Sound enhancement system / Induction loops

Hearing induction loops are fitted at the reception desk and Infra~Hear infrared assistive listening devices are available for use in our Performance Space.

Subtitles and transcripts

Transcripts are available for selected exhibitions. Please contact the Reception Desk in advance on 01 451 5860 or email


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