A Day of Testimonies - Project Arts Centre
Special Event Artists' Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Present

A Day of Testimonies

  • 26 August 2017

11am-6pm a series of free events
Evening Performance tickets €20/25

Recognising the complexities of the human situation is traditionally the artist’s role.

The Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment presents A Day of Testimonies at Project Arts Centre, a day of performances, visual art and film that will reflect both the complexity of the issue and the simple truth that women’s health is put at risk because of the Eighth Amendment to our Constitution.

The day will consist of a series of events, installations and performances including:

A Day of Testimonies (Evening performance)

7.30pm | Tickets €20/25

In honour of the testimonies given by citizen’s directly affected by our eighth amendment, some of Ireland’s best loved performers and artists will come together for a very special evening of performance, music, poetry and contemplation on the human impact of our Eighth Amendment.

Line up including Kevin Barry, Cathy Belton, Cecily Brennan, Marian Keyes, Alice Maher, Paula Meehan, Eleanor Methven, Lisa O’Neill, Tara Flynn and more.

Testimonies supplied by the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC), Terminations for Medical Reasons (TFMR), the Association for Improvements in Maternity Services Ireland and first hand experiences told to the Citizens’ Assembly.

 Find out more and book here


Film Programme

From 11am | Admission free, donations welcome

A selection of historical films and documentaries dealing with the lack of abortion access and impact of the Eighth Amendment on women’s lives in Ireland over the past few decades, including an unscreened RTE Documentary from the 1980’s. *

*Some films may contain material that some viewers may find distressing.

 See the full schedule of films here


Call to Action (Sound Installation)

From 11am

A sound installation and Call to Action will broadcast from roof of Project Arts Centre to the streets of Temple Bar on the hour throughout the day.


How to Talk About the Eighth – Bus Stop Event

From 12pm – 4pm

Join us for tea and talks in a series of informal drop in debates and discussions throughout the day. Facilitators from Amnesty International will be on hand to lead the discussions and will respond to questions about the Eighth and how we argue for repeal.

Co-ordinated by advocacy staff from Amnesty International Ireland.

Find out more here



From 11am

In a specially designated space in Project anyone can join us and be filmed shredding the Eighth. In addition anyone, anywhere can participate by shredding the Eighth and uploading their clips to a dedicated online channel.


About Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment
The decision to set up the Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment came from conversations among a group of artists in February 2015 about the consequences of the 8th Amendment.

‘We were frustrated and extremely disappointed that, despite many shocking instances of neglect and mismanagement of women’s care as a result of the Eighth Amendment, there seemed to be a lack of political will to tackle what we saw as an urgent issue. We wanted to act and decided that we should appeal to our fellow working professional artists.

We have been very encouraged by the response of our colleagues, over 3,000 of whom have already attached their names to a statement calling for the repeal of the Amendment. A website has been launched to allow artists working in architecture, dance, film and television, literature, music, theatre and visual artists to add their own names to the list of supporters of the Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. Sign at artistsrepealthe8th.com

Our aim is to communicate to the public, to the political parties, and in particular to the relevant ministers, that the artists who have attached their names to this statement believe the Amendment has been extremely damaging for women, and must be repealed.’