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Kathleen Lonsdale – A Pioneer of Crystallography

Maeve Clancy’s cut paper exhibition about the life and work of Newbridge born scientist Kathleen Lonsdale goes on tour!

Riverbank Arts Centre and Kildare County Council Library Service have come together with Maeve Clancy to present Kathleen Lonsdale – A Pioneer of Crystallography Touring Exhibition.

The new exhibition comprises of six pull-up banners which tell the story of Kathleen’s scientific achievements. The banners will be accompanied by the graphic novel which will be available for free from Kildare library branches. Digital resources included an animation on the science of crystallography, animated and narrated by Maeve Clancy, and a talk by Maeve to Primary School students about how she created her exhibition, recorded in May 2023.

The exhibition will tour to the following branches:
Naas2nd-16th March
Clane26th March-4th April
Monasterevin9th-18th April
Castledermot22nd April-13th May
Clocha Rince20th May-3rd June
Kildare Town17th-29th June
Kilcullen2nd-13th July

About the artist
Maeve Clancy is an artist who works in cut paper, drawing and story. She creates immersive exhibitions, writes and draws comic books and designs sets for theatre and TV. Her current work includes a graphic novel documenting the journey of Rouba & Noura Merzah from Syria to Ireland. For more information about Maeve and her work, past and present, please visit

Commissioned by Riverbank Arts Centre and Kildare County Council Library Service.