Living Arts Project Exhibition 2016-17
In association with Wexford County Council and the Arts Council
You are invited to an opening reception on Saturday 1st April at 3pm
Opened by County Arts Officer Liz Burns
The Living Arts Project was established in 2013 as a long term visual arts educational scheme, supporting the existing partnership between Wexford Arts Centre and the Arts Department of Wexford County Council. The aim of this project is to provide children with an understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. The project also seeks to support the primary school curriculum by introducing teachers to new techniques and teaching methods. The Living Arts Project exhibition represents a selection of work produced by the participating schools and artists, offering pupils and their families a chance to see their work presented in a professional gallery.
The following artists and schools were selected to participate in this year’s programme: Mary Claire Kehoe with St. Patrick’s National School, Gorey, Co.Wexford; David Begley with Cushinstown National School, Foulksmills, Co. Wexford; Tara McGinn with Kennedy Park National School, Wexford Town and Oonagh Latchford, Our Lady of Fatima National School, Wexford Town.
Over the course of this fourteen-week project, participating pupils explored creative thought processes; developing how they visually represent and respond to the world around them. By learning new techniques, stimulating sensory skills and embracing creative practices, pupils were encouraged to experiment and play, revealing their own artistic potential. Themes of transformation, discovery and construction are embraced within this exhibition, highlighted by the use of recycled elements, abstraction and the use of materials in familiar and unfamiliar ways. This has resulted in a playful and experimental exhibition filled with storytelling and joyful investigation.
A mentorship programme ran alongside each residency, and each artist nominated an independent artist or curator they felt was relevant to their professional practice. This mentorship helped to ensure the effectiveness and integrity of the programme on an ongoing basis, while also providing positive critique for the resident artist. In addition, the programme helped to refine methods of engaging with the students throughout each residency, ensured that the work and processes were of high quality and the dynamic between artists and pupils was challenging and productive. The following mentors were involved in the 2016/17 project: Damien Flood, Michael Fortune, Joanna Kidney and Patrick Redmond.
The Arts Department of Wexford County Council and Wexford Arts Centre would like to take this opportunity to thank all schools, artists and mentors involved in the project, and the local community for their support and interest in the project to date.
The exhibition will run in the upper and lower galleries of Wexford Arts Centre from Saturday 1st April to Saturday 6th May 2016, and gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 10am-5pm, and Saturday from 10am-4pm.
If your school is interested in participating in the Living Arts Project 2017/2018 contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager on +353 (0)53 9123764 or email email@example.com.
For further information on Wexford County Council’s full arts programme please visit www.wexford.ie/arts or call 053-9196441 / email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Living Art Project is funded by the Arts Department of Wexford County Council, The Arts Council and participating schools. The project is administered by Wexford Arts Centre.
Photography by Frank Abruzzese and Laurence O’Toole
Frank Abruzzese: www.frankabruzzese.com or www.cowhousestudios.com