Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU

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Accenture’s Women on Walls portraits arriving to the Stokes Building at DCU for installation. Credit: Conor McCabe

(Pictured clockwise from bottom left-hand corner) Una Sealy, Blaise Smith, Bríd Higgins Ní Chinnéide, Jim Fitzpatrick, Jackie Hudson Lalor.

On International Women’s Day, Monday, March 8th 2021, a collection of commissioned portraits of five inspirational females from the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) were unveiled at the virtual launch of Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU.

In collaboration with Accenture and Business to Arts, the portraits are in recognition of the ground-breaking work of Beatrice Alice Hicks, Katherine Johnson, Dr Marie Maynard Daly and Irish duo Kay McNulty and Dame Kathleen Lonsdale.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted significantly on all sections of society, including the arts, the DCU chapter of Women on Walls was completed by the following five award-winning and renowned artists:

Commissioned Artist Subject
Bríd Higgins Ni Chinnéide Dr Marie Maynard Daly (1921 – 2003)
Jackie Hudson Lalor Katherine Johnson (1918 – 2020
Una Sealy RHA Dame Kathleen Lonsdale (1903 – 1971)
Blaise Smith RHA Beatrice Alice Hicks (1919 – 1979)
Jim Fitzpatrick Kathleen (Kay) McNulty (1921 – 2006)

This is the third chapter of Accenture’s Women on Walls, a campaign that seeks to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland. The campaign commenced in 2016 with the Royal Irish Academy, and a second chapter with RCSI was unveiled in 2019.

The commissioned portraits will be temporarily installed in the Stokes Building at DCU before eventually moving to the Future-Tech building, under construction at the university’s Glasnevin Campus. This flagship building will be at the forefront of DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science, computing and engineering disciplines.

Commenting on the virtual unveiling Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said,

“We are privileged to support Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU portraiture commission. While COVID-19 has presented challenges for the completion of this edition of Women on Walls, they have been overcome, and we are proud to be able to unveil these five portraits created by some of Ireland’s leading portrait artists. We are equally proud to support DCU, who are continually building their reputation for programming of the arts. Commissioning artists to create new work is one of the vital ways businesses and other organisations can support the arts during and  – beyond the pandemic.”

To watch the virtual unveil of Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU please click here.

You can read more about Women on Walls at DCU in partnership with Accenture by visiting

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