Monday 23 April 2018

It's Sister Art as campaigner Stan joins Irish gallery greats

The portrait of Sr Stanislaus Kennedy
The portrait of Sr Stanislaus Kennedy

Michael Staines

A PORTRAIT of social campaigner Sr Stanislaus Kennedy will hang alongside the likes of authors Seamus Heaney, Jonathan Swift and Maeve Binchy.

The National Gallery has added her likeness to their National Portrait Collection, which includes some of Ireland's greatest figures.

Known affectionately as Sr. Stan, the Kerry native moved to Dublin in the early 1980s, establishing Focus Point which is know today as 'Focus Ireland', the biggest national voluntary homelessness service in the country. The portrait, by Vera Klute, a graduate of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology is now on public view in the Millennium Wing.

Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, said the portrait was a fitting tribute to an individual who has contributed significantly to our awareness of the marginalised in Irish society.

Irish Independent

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