Graphic design, events.

‘Bernadette’ – a film screening for Culture Night

Wrap up in culture, as venues and public spaces across the island of Ireland as they open their doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture.

Culture Night is an annual national event in Ireland to celebrate artistic practice in many forms. Wanting to do something different for this years Culture Night, two friends and I, decided to screen the documentary ‘Bernadette’ for Culture Night.

Bernadette Devlin McAliskey’s remarkable political life is recounted in Lelia Doolan’s documentary which combines archive footage with intimate interviews conducted with its subject over the last ten years. Reflecting on McAliskey’s swift and astonishing rise to prominence through the Civil Rights Movement, elected MP for Mid-Ulster in 1969 as a 21-year-old student, the film observes how she was celebrated as a hero by her own community and reviled by her opponents, who famously described her as ‘Fidel Castro in a mini-skirt’. Re-emerging as a major force during the H-Block protests at the start of the 1980s, she survived a horrific Loyalist assassination attempt. Nowadays involved in community work, she speaks openly about her views on the Peace Process and the direction that Republican politics has taken. An informative companion piece to the Leaving Certifi cate History Topic: Politics and Society in Northern Ireland.

We were delighted to have director & producer, Lelia Doolan, attend the event for a post-screening Q&A, hosted by Aodh Ó Coileáin from An Taibhdhearc Theatre in Galway.

To promote the event, I created a few different versions of the poster. The original design was for print, but I redesigned a few versions, to fit the different social media platforms as perfectly as possible.

We had a fantastic night! A full house, with even some turned away. If you haven’t seen this documentary, I highly recommend, Bernadette is an incredible person and politician, paving the way both for women, workers rights, and the people of Northern Ireland in the UK Parliament.

different version of Bernadette poster for twitter