The Sunflower Project

In each other’s shelter we survive

I bhfoscadh a chéile maireann muid


We began The Sunflower Project in January 2022. The aim was to work with people impacted by mother and baby institutions using the arts to explore their experiences, and to provide a safe and friendly space where difficult experiences can be explored through discussion and creative techniques. The sessions were facilitated by Shauna Kelpie, an experienced theatre practitioner, and Colette Ramsey, a researcher experienced in working with mental health and well-being and with a trauma informed approach.


The group first began working on written pieces that were presented in June 2022 at The Derry Playhouse to an invited audience. This was very well received with many audience members visibly moved by the presentation. These monologues have been filmed and will be available to watch as part of this exhibition.


This year the group have been working with artist Bronagh Corr to develop art pieces that resonate with their life experiences. The works express something that is beyond words. Sometimes there are no words to express the full extent of what the participants have been through.


The exhibition is the culmination of nearly two years of the group working together through art and drama to explore, connect with others, share their experinces and support thier healing.


“There was always a feeling of shame in having been associated with these institutions, through this project and support of everyone involved, I for one and I’m sure the others feel the same, now know that the shame has totally disappeared.” Participant


Monday 2nd  - Saturday 14th October 2023

Exhibition opening times:

11am – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday

2nd – 15th October 2023.



A Sole Purpose Productions Project


This project is supported by

The Ideas Fund which is delivered by the

 British Science Association and funded by Wellcome.



Bringing professional theatre to communities

Sole Purpose is a company limited by guarantee, registration number NI37481 and is recognised by the Inland Revenue as a charity, reference number NIC100618