What’s On: Women Who Dare

Griffith students w design work at Adderton image by Tanja Beer

Women Who Dare

15 May – 3 October

Open 10am – 2pm Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays

Adderton: house & heart of mercy, Ann St, Brisbane


Over the last 160 years, the Sisters of Mercy have had a significant influence on the development of the social and spiritual fabric of Brisbane and the State of Queensland. Women Who Dare, an exhibition and workshop program, highlights the role these Sisters have played in supporting and responding to people who are vulnerable and at risk.

Mother Vincent Whitty, the first Mother Superior of the Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane, arrived in 1861 from Ireland with a group of five Sisters and led them in a mission ‘to do a field of good’ in the region.

“In Women Who Dare, the Sisters are seen as pioneers, risk-takers, innovators and leaders in the fields of education, health and welfare,” said Linda Phillips, Curator, Adderton: house & heart of mercy. “The exhibition highlights how the Sisters dared to use innovative methods, provide leadership and harness resources to contribute to systemic change, improving the lives of those in need.”

The social history shared in the Women Who Dare exhibition also includes participatory elements developed by Griffith University students led by Dr Tanja Beer, an ecological designer, community artist and Senior Lecturer in Design at the Queensland College of Art. Visitors to the exhibition are able to share their thoughts about social issues today to drive community debate and change.

“We encourage visitors to take inspiration from the Women Who Dare exhibition, join in the workshops and activities, and find new ways to speak out, create positive change and dare to make a real difference,’’ said Anne-Marie Hammond, Mission, Formation, Education and Centre Manager, Adderton: House & heart of mercy.


For bookings and further information, visit the Adderton website


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