We intend to work together as a group of older or aging women to research, make and think about art that reflects our life experience and our experience as creative practitioners, our ongoing issues of visibility and strategies to compensate for those. We intend to align the strengths we have gained as older women artists with the history, mythology and landscape of the locations where we work and to make a body of work that is empowering, imaginative and fun for us to make, and to share with communities around Ireland.

Members of Na Cailleacha were among the founder members and activists involved in the ‘Women Artists Action Group’, which campaigned for equal opportunities for women artists in the 1980s, paving the way for a younger generation of artists such as Kathy Prendergast and Alice Maher. That experience and our ongoing involvement with gender-based activism will inform this project.