Thursday 19 October 2017

Wexford schools showcase work in Living Arts exhibition

By Esther Hayden

Mary Claire O'Brien with students from Bunscoil Loreto.
Mary Claire O'Brien with students from Bunscoil Loreto.
Eils Dietvorst with students from the Mercy NS.

Four Wexford schools are taking part in the ongoing Living Arts Project.

Ballycullane NS worked with artists Oonagh Latchford, Bunscoil Loreto in Gorey worked with Marie Claire Kehoe, the Mercy NS in Wexford town worked with Els Dietvorst while Scoil Mhuire NS in Wexford town worked with Laura Ni Flaibhin.

Each of the artists brought their own unique style and processes to the schools, encouraging each student and group to create diverse and original work; highlighting a huge variety of themes, materials and artistic approaches. The themes developed by these students include representations of the body and landscapes. Abstraction, using varied materials and methods, was also explored as well as the use of technology. The project challenged young students to think and employ new, creative approaches, equipment and materials that they had not encountered before. The students engaged with contemporary and traditional art practices while gaining invaluable collaborative, confidence building skills.

The artists worked with four mentors throughout the project and these were Carissa Farrell, Eamonn Carter, Karla Sanchez O'Connell and Sheena Barrett.

The Living Arts Project was established in 2013 as a long term visual arts educational scheme. The exhibition runs until May 9 in the Upper and Lower Galleries of Wexford Arts Centre, Monday to Saturday, 10am until 5pm.

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