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The Living Arts Project is an Artist-in-Schools residency supported by Wexford County Council  and Wexford Arts Centre. Artists work with children and teachers for a maximum of 15 weeks to develop contemporary artworks which are exhibited at Wexford Arts Centre.  Artists are also supported by a mentor for the duration of the residency.


Under Wexford County Council's Creative Communities Programme, I worked with clients at Beta Unit to build on the art-making skills they had developed with me on a previous project in 2017.

They produced a series of individual artworks which reflected their abilities and interests. The clients and carers also worked together to create a series of portraits of the clients.

The clients at Beta unit, as painted by their carers, with help from themselves.
Mixed media pieces, framed at the centre.
Kate assists pauline to paint her portrait
Kelly Ann gets stuck into collage
Oil pastel adapted for ease of use
Mixed media added to plaster casts
Natasha enjoys drawing and mark-making
Dripping food colouring over paint
Painting paper mache forms
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Wexford Arts Centre & Wexford Local Development 2019

From February to June 2019, the children at Southend Family Resource Centre explored a range of art-making techniques and media towards a series of small public sculptures which were installed in the local parkland in Maudlintown, know locally as, 'The Rocks'.  We used the flora & fauna of the area to inspire our work and the children's portraits to connect them to the place. The final pieces were made from coloured cement and laid into the newly installed viewing platforms in the park.  Artists Pavlina Kubelkova and Nick Jarmin assisted on the project.

Self portrait by Rhianna. Acrylic on Ace
Self portrait by Cora. Acrylic on Acetat
With magnifying glases and macro camera
Macro photography of litchen
Kate assisting Claire to drill holes in
Collecting and pressing plants from The
Learning to print using live plants
Learning to print using live plants
Live plant print
Clay rabbit
Clay fox
Pouring cement over the clay sculptures
Sanding the sculptures
Creating the cement sculptures
Rabbit and fox ready for coloured cement
Fox, coloured cement 20 cms diam.
A selection of the work, framed at the centre
Learning about different pencil leads
Drawing plants
Live plant print
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Fun and educational art workshops for children aged 4 to 12

From 2010 to 2017, I worked on the Insight Education Programme at Wexford Arts Centre, using the gallery programme to facilitate art workshops for children.

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Lifesize Trees with cutout kids. Card, p
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Making the Trunk of a lifesize tree.  Sh
Making Mandalas for Buddhism Month.  Pap
Learning the Colour Wheel in preparation
Story Shadow Puppets with CBS School, 6t
Schools Workshop and Gallery Tour, Shado
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Millands, Gorey, Co. Wexford. 2017

Under Wexford County Council's Creative Communities Scheme, I worked with the clients and carers in Beta Unit at St. Aidan's Services.  We experimented with print, painting, drawing and sculptural materials.  We produced a collaborative cut-out piece entitled 'I too am a Superhero' as well as individual mixed media pieces which were exhibited in Gorey Library arts space in September 2017.

The individual prints, framed and hung i
Superman and the prints hanging in Gorey
Our model, Jim the care manager!
Superman's 'trail' was made up of the cl
Natasha & Kelly Ann are assisted to coll
Superman is nearly complete
The clients photos were added to the col
prints created by the clients
The clients painted, printed and drew on
Superman hanging in the centre
The day of the launch, clients posed for
The prints, ready to be hung
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Taghmon Family Resource Centre, 2017

From June to November 2017, I worked with the men to create paintings based on the stories and streetscapes of Taghmon village.  The project culminated in an exhibition of the work at the centre in December 2017.  The project was funded by Wexford County Council's Creative Communities Scheme.

The men visited my studio as part of a visual art tour of Wexford Arts Centre
Images were carved into paint on MDF board using scalpels and lino cutting tools.
Taking our tour around the village to talk about the history of the buildings.
Oil paint was applied over the scored paint.
Using a cotton bud to remove areas of highlights
The men painted historical monuments as well as streetscapes.
The men visited an exhibition in Wexford Arts Centre in which I had a number of pieces.
The celtic cross in the village, abstracted
Taghmon Church
St. Munn statue
A beech tree
The plaque on the wall by the entrance to the old school
Alice Brady's Pub in the centre of the village
Taghmon Castle, covered in ivy.
One participant worked at home talking inspiration from postcards.
The day of the exhibition, friends and family joined us to view the men's work.
Marking the walls for installation
Final Exhibition of the works. All oil on board 30 x 30cms
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Established in 2013, The Living Arts Project is a collaboration between Wexford County Council and Wexford Arts Centre.  The programme faciliates a number of 14-week artist residencies in schools across Co. Wexford each year.  The residency culminates in an exhibition of the children's works at Wexford Arts Centre.

I participated in the residency during 2013 - 2014 alongside the children and teachers at Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Bunclody. We took 'self-portaiture' as our theme and worked through a number of different media towards individual pieces on board.

Using lace to print with acrylic paint
Two finished self portraits. Acrylic & mixed media on MDF
I brought my work into the school and we discussed the themes
I brought my work into the school and we discussed the themes
I brought my work into the school and we discussed the themes
Two finished self portraits. Acrylic & mixed media on MDF
Charcoal self portrait
Kate taking instruction on where to drill holes
Self portrait painting in class
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Children's work in Progress. Self Portra
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