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Monday 22 July 2019

New Living Art project

Artist Orla Bates working with children in Rathnure National School during the Living Arts Project
Artist Orla Bates working with children in Rathnure National School during the Living Arts Project

Maria Pepper

The Arts Department of Wexford County Council in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre is seeking applications from primary schools and visual artists to take part in a new Living Arts Project starting in mid-September.

The aim of the project is to give children an understanding and appreciation of contemporary visual art and selected primary schools will have the opportunity to host an artist in residence for fifteen weeks during the school year.

Four Wexford-based visual artists will be partnered with schools to create a body of work over the academic year. The project offers teachers an opportunity to observe and learn creative processes for use in the classroom.

The local authority Arts Department is also inviting artists and schools to apply for a new School Studio Residency.

This is aimed specifically at schools that have additional space to dedicate to an artist for their own personal practice.

The artist will work and facilitate workshops in the space and will engage with all class groups during the residency while availing of the space to develop with his/her own art work.

All the residencies will culminate in an exhibition featuring the work of participating schools at Wexford Arts Centre in April/May of 2020

Pupils participating in the project will have the benefit of detailed guidance from the artist over the period of the residency and the opportunity to see their work exhibited in a gallery.

Applications are now being received from interested primary schools and visual artists for lead and assistant roles.

The deadline for expressions of interest from primary schools and visual artists, is 4 p.m. on Thursday May 30 2019.

For a full brief and application form visit www.wexfordartscentre.ie/application-process or email catherine@wexfordartscentre.ie.

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