Incarrcerated Innocence

Womarts > Incarrcerated Innocence


Rita Ann has many life experiences; from running her own Architectural and food businesses, fundraising for communities and the homeless, gaining a qualification in Radio Broadcasting and producing a documentary for RTE Doc on One, to name but a few.

Having studied Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), she returned to Sligo, Ireland, in 1992 and established her own private architectural practice. Over a 15 year period, she worked on a variety of projects from their inception to completion and collaborated with other Architectural practices.

Having completed a BA(Hons) in Ceramic Design at Limerick School of Art and Design, TUS (Midwest), in 2022, Rita Ann feels she has come full circle back to her creative roots.

Experimenting with different clays and techniques it is allowing her to question, explore and express the essence of who, what and how we are in the world. As a maker, Rita Ann uses ceramics to explore both personal and social issues.


Group Exhibitions


2021    Core Exhibition.  Year-end online exhibition 3rd-year Ceramic Design students at LSAD, Limerick, Ireland

2019    Gorey School of Art.  Year-end student exhibition in Periphery Space for QQI Level 6 Art & Design, Advanced Portfolio Preparation


1991    A Gateway For Venice, an international competition organised by Fifth International Architecture Biennale.  I assisted Vladimir Arsene, Architect. The Exhibition took place in Venice, September 1991.

1990    Designing Urban Housing, Lower East Side, N.Y. Student Competition for 4th-year Architectural students at both NJIT, Newark and Columbia University.  The theme dealt with the idea of green space within the urban context.  Exhibition and Discussion took place at Columbia University, NY, USA.


Independent artist


Incarrcerated Innocence

This project explores the lives of the women incarcerated in and the children born into the Magdalene Laundries, particularly The Good Shepherd Magdalene Laundry, Clare St., Limerick, now Limerick School of Art and Design.

My work looks to express the innocence of the children and the weight of the grief the women must have felt from that forced separation. From their testimonials, it is evident the Magdalene women lived lives on high alert, with an impending sense of violence that can bring dread and disorientation.

In this ceramic work, I consider that sense of unrelenting tension I imagine they experienced and that constant fear of confinement. My work seeks to express the sense I have of the drudgery of their lives and that physical, daily repetitive work they had to do in the laundries.