NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network are delighted to be bringing the Donegal femLENS exhibition to Inishowen. As a grassroots women’s organisation the Donegal Women’s Network works to advance gender equality and empower women within our local communities. 

Women’s perspectives and viewpoints matter and documentary photography is a powerful tool to share these perspectives. In 2021, the group along with their NCCWN sister project Lucan Women’s Network in Dublin collaborated with the femLENS organisation whose mission is to give voice to communities through photography by providing visual and tech education to women. 

Buncrana Locals Caroline Kuyper and Clare Conry stopped by the see the exhibition

Together they brought a number of women from their communities together to take part in a photography and storytelling training programme facilitated by femLens. Over a number of months’ women from Donegal and Dublin learnt about photography techniques, editing and sequencing all using a mobile phone to capture and tell stories. 

The Donegal femLENS project is a series of beautifully captured and thought provoking documentary photography projects developed by women in Donegal, with topics including; Humans and Nature: Saving Seals, Women in Farming, MICA Homeowners Stories, Childhood Freedom, Loss, Living with Intracranial hypertension, Lockdown Emergence and Stepping into the Flow. 

On Saturday 9th April, 1-5pm at Artlink in Fort Dunree, they will be collaborating with Change Makers Donegal as part of the Donegal femLENSproject with the delivery of an interactive workshop looking at the themes of the photography projects and the importance of gender equality through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) the workshop will be a space for friendly discussion and learning.  

If you would like to attend this FREE workshop please fill in the online form here and Donegal Women’s Network will be in contact to confirm your place. There will also be a light lunch and refreshments too!  

This unique exhibition will be on display in the Artlink in Fort Dunree gallery from March 25th until 11th April 2022, gallery opening times are Monday- Sunday: 10:30 – 16:30. So please stop by and see these beautifully captured and thought provoking documentary photography projects by women in Donegal.  

Donegal Women’s Network thank all the women who took part in this inspiring project, with a special thank you to Jekaterina Saveljeva (Kate) at femLENS for delivering such an empowering training programme and to Artlink for supporting the exhibition of the Donegal femLENS documentary photography series.