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Kathleen Lonsdale – A Pioneer of Crystallography

In March 2023 Riverbank Arts Centre opened a new cut exhibition by Maeve Clancy on the life of Newbridge born scientist Kathleen Lonsdale. The exhibition was combined with drawings, lighting and animation designed to take the visitor out of their world and into the extraordinary mind of Kathleen Lonsdale. A graphic novel on the life and times of Kathleen Lonsdale also accompanied the exhibition.

This Autumn 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:
Ballitore – 13th-23rd Sept
Celbridge – 25th Sept-6th Oct
Leixlip – 9th-21st Oct
Newbridge – 23rd Oct-3rd Nov
Athy – 13th-27th Nov
Kildare/Naas/Maynooth – 2024

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.