Mount Florida Gallery & Studios Exhibition

From April 24 – April 28 the works of our eight creative contributors were exhibited at Mount Florida Gallery & Studios. In addition to previously exhibited work (see, the show featured new works by Jill Kennedy-McNeill, Jess Orr and Ali Burns. Orr’s short story, ‘A Woman’s Anatomy’, draws links between the dehumanising language that was used to describe Sophia Jex-Blake and the Edinburgh Seven and medical language of the time. Burns’ choral composition, ‘Absentia’, is written as a ‘mirrored’ piece using text taken from Jay Whittaker’s Scottish Feminist Judgments Project poem, ‘Not Here’. Kennedy-McNeill’s ‘Cailleach’ draws on Gaelic mythology surrounding the divine hag, a creator deity.


This was the first time that all of the project’s artistic outputs had been on display so, to celebrate the occasion, we held an exhibition closing party on April 27. We are very grateful to everyone who attended; there was a fantastic turnout and a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the room. We were honoured that Lady Carmichael – Senator of the College of Justice – could join us. The party was also the perfect way to celebrate the recent submission of our book manuscript to Hart publishing, which is now available to pre-order:


The gallery starting to fill up… (photo credit Dave Sibbering)


Aidan McGlynn in front of Jill Kennedy-McNeill’s ‘For the Relics’


Our poet, Jay Whittaker with Rachel Donaldson’s illustrations


Sharon Cowan with our theatre practitioner, Sofia Nakou, and her extremely stylish mum


Two of our commentators, Stephen Bogle and Mary Neal 


Lady Carmichael with Jill Kennedy-McNeill’s ‘Crime, Victimisation, Violence’


One of our younger guests, enjoying some cake inside Jill Kennedy-McNeill’s ‘For the Relics’ (photo credit Fiona Leverick)


‘Cailleach’ by Jill Kennedy-McNeill



Our four project co-ordinators – Sharon Cowan, Chloë Kennedy, Jill Kennedy-McNeill and Vanessa Munro – celebrating.