A Mother’s Love

Cáit and Éiméar McClay 

A Mother’s Love

5 July – 15 September 2024

Moonlight filters through an open window, bathing the baby-pink bedroom in a wash of white and yellow light. The room is still, silent. Beyond the swathes of silken angels, gilded frames and fixings, crucifixes, wet wax candles weeping, butterflies beating, lies a hollow horror – true cruelty, unknown. Deep-down-below in pits of fine silt sits a shroud. A baby smothered, bundled, bound in sullied muslin. The enclave opens, and there are dozens.

A mother’s love for her baby (2022) imparts, with tender empathy, the abhorrent histories of the ‘Magdalene Laundries’, forty-one ‘mother and baby’ homes operated by the Catholic Church in Ireland for over two-hundred years. Through a series of laboured, painterly vignettes – in powder-pink acrylic and rusted wrought iron – Cáit and Éiméar McClay delicately illustrate the anguish experienced by young women and girls under the Catholic Church, the wounds of which still remain pertinent today.

Leah Hickey
Co-Director, Prayer Room

For more information, please contact prayer.room.gallery@gmail.com

Sober Karaoke

Whilst we are between exhibitions at Prayer Room, we have opened the space up for one night only of Sober Karaoke.

So bring your best singing voice, and expect drinks, snacks and KAR-EE-OH-KEE!

Peasants Revolt Now!

Curated by Dinosaur Kilby.

A medieval peasant worked 150 days a year, you work 100 days more than that. We’re grinding into a latepostcapitalismclimatecatastrophehell-scape, the mud’s up to our knees. If you focus and lay in bed long enough, you can feel it, the shape of it, but what are you doing about it? Think of what you could do with those 100 days, or maybe that’s just a capitalist production mindset. Everyone always looks at the Enlightenment (1685 – 1815) or the Italian Renaissance (1340 – 1550) for inspiration. The En-light-enment, when the light was literally turned on, the dark ages were no more. I think there’s a lot we can learn from the dark. I’m scared of the dark, everyone is. If they say they’re not, they’re fucking lying. Put them in a forest at 2am in rural Derbyshire in November and see who’s scared.

Our inaugural exhibition at Prayer Room features Amartey Golding, Becky Tucker, Black Lodge Press, Campbell McConnell, Emii Alrai, Fi Sonola, Joe Moss, Rose Hedy Squires and Uma Breakdown.

Peasants Revolt Now!

Curated by Dinosaur Kilby.

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

Our inaugural exhibition at Prayer Room features Amartey Golding, Becky Tucker, Black Lodge Press, Campbell McConnell, Emii Alrai, Fi Sonola, Joe Moss, Rose Hedy Squires and Uma Breakdown.

Illustration by Isabelle Jonasson
Motion & Graphics by Ishmail De Niro

The Civic Gospel – MA Photography Show

This work aims to advocate the importance and continued relevance of the ‘Civic Gospel’ at a time of great uncertainty and division.
Jones studies and records urban spaces as a way of exploring the culture of Birmingham. She intends to build an archive of real Birmingham culture through the eyes of its communities before places disappear.

The locations photographed are carefully selected as they bear the imprints and legacies of the original gospel ideologies. They tell a million stories of our shared histories and interactions.

Peasants Revolt Now!

Curated by Dinosaur Kilby.

1 March – 19 May 2024

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

Our inaugural exhibition at Prayer Room features Amartey Golding, Becky Tucker, Black Lodge Press, Campbell McConnell, Emii Alrai, Fi Sonola, Joe Moss, Rose Hedy Squires and Uma Breakdown.

‘Peasants Revolt Now!’ opens Friday 1 March from 6 – 8pm for Digbeth First Friday.

Illustration by Isabelle Jonasson
Motion & Graphics by Ishmail De Niro