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MARY WALLACE

    

COMMUNITY  ART  FOR  ALL !

This is my Community Art gallery where you can see the range of wonderfully colourful and inspiring projects I have done in the community. Would you like to do one too?  Visit About Community Art for more information. I'd love to hear from you.

oxo    A  FABULOUS  HEART    oxo

December 2015
A project to design and create a mural in collaboration with members of Celtic Woman Parent's Support Group in
FAB Community & Family Resource Centre, Wexford


 


IN  OUR  ELEMENT

     Down By The Lake

   Under The Cherryblossom Tree

August 2015
Havenview,
St John's, Enniscorthy is a Residential Care Unit for fourteen men with severe to profound intellectual and physical disability and dual diagnosis of psychiatric disorder.  They relocated to Havenview in 2013 when St Senan's Hospital closed down. Many of them have been in care for most of their lives and know only this place as home.

The building is a large modern development built on a greenfield site. Everything is clean and bright and new. The idea was to design and paint two murals with personal touches and marks to create a more homelike ambience for the residents, to give the men a sense of achievement and something visible to show their families and friends during visits.

During the Summer of 2015 I spent time with them and we created some beautiful artwork and two fabulous murals together!

 

!!  MAKING  ART  TOGETHER  !!

July 2014

Wexford Womens Refuge 

I devised a Summer programme of art activities for families residing in this temporary refuge. Mothers with their children exploring creativity together. There was great  variety - drawing, painting, collage, pottery, using fabric and fibre. Lots of art was made. Lots of fun too! 

Two collaborative artworks
, Moonflowers and Sunflowers, were also made to remain in the refuge centre for future residents to enjoy.


ONCE  UPON  A  TIME ......

Summer 2014

ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY IRELAND

Wexford

A bookmaking project using paint, print and combined materials. The participants explored ideas and memories and expressed  life experiences in their individual artist books.

 


CREATING  OUTSIDE  THE  BOX !

Summer 2014

REHABCARE Wexford is a resource centre providing services for young people and adults with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities; people with various issues such as mental health difficulties, autism, acquired brain injury.

The idea for the project was to design and create a mosaic mural to enhance the industrial facade of their building and to reflect the colourful and exciting world inside.  During the Summer 2014 we made a lot of paintings and drawings inspired by all the wonderful things that happen everyday in the centre. The things the like to do - planting in the garden, arts & crafts, singing and dancing, playing games, working on the computer, talking, drinking tea.... Guess what? We created designs for the craziest, zaniest teapots - inspired by Picasso and Gauguin! 

The mosaics were installed on the garden wall  to the front of the centre where they can enjoy the fruits of their work and show it to visitors and passers-by, engage in conversation about what they did and why .



SUMMER  ART  PROGRAMME



LET'S  DO  BATIK
Summer 2013

Artist in Prisons Scheme


Shelton Abbey on the north bank of the Avoca River near Arklow County Wicklow, is a penal institution operated by the Irish Prison Service. In July 2013 I facilitated a fulltime art programme for two weeks with eight participants using batik as the medium. We worked on an organic theme loosely based on flora and fauna with inspiration coming from the stunning gardens and landscape surrounding Shelton Abbey as our starting point. The men went on to create fabulous artworks from more personal inspiration.

I designed the programme for participants with various levels of experience in creative practice from complete beginner to participants with some previous experience in batik and other textile dyeing processes. We used pure beeswax, paraffin wax and fibre reactive dyes on cotton
and other natural fabrics.


(More detail and pictures to follow 17/02/2016)
 


LET'S MAKE MUSIC 



THE MURAL




Autumn/Winter 2013


Ferns Dioscesan Youth Service /  Community Based Drugs Initiative


What a transformation! FDYS have opened a new Youth Café in New Ross which is housed in the historically significant building from which it takes it’s name.


The Shambles opened in July 2013 for young people to meet socially and participate in a variety of activities and programmes. The idea of creating a mural was to encourage young people to get involved and take ownership of the centre. Music was chosen as a theme which everyone could identify with. The multi-media format ie use of mosaic elements and paint proved very popular and the mural in the courtyard area is a new focus to attract more young people to the café. Over the Autumn and Winter months of 2013 we worked on the mural which was completed just in time for Christmas.


The project was funded by Wexford County Council Artist in the Community Scheme. We also received paint from DULUX - Let's Colour.


I hope you enjoy the slideshow!













HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?


August 2013.


Over the Summer I worked with members of Sanantos, an Activation Unit with County Wexford Community Workshop (Enniscorthy) which provides day care facilities for adults with intellectual disability and special needs.


The idea was to decorate the wall with a mixed-media mural to create a sense of open space by painting a garden scene with plants, flowers, animals, birds and insects. Elements of mosaic were used and other combined materials. The artwork enhances this outdoor area for the participants helping to stimulate their imagination and encourage them to use the area for activities throughout the year. The mural is approximately 20 m².


The project was funded by Wexford County Council Artist in the Community scheme.


Fluttering butterflies
The pink house
Roll of honour
Here comes the sun...


International Arts & Disability Weekend March 2013

   




Wexford Arts Centre in association with


the Arts Department of Wexford Co Co


hosted an International  Conference on


Arts & Disability with groups from


Wexford, Wales and Sweden on 22nd


and 23rd March, 2013. 



 



I was delighted to be asked to present the art workshop which involved children from Aleana House and the Windmill Therapeutic Training Unit in Wexford.  Some of them brought their brothers and sisters too.


I showed them how to take rubbings of textured surfaces using wax colour and we made beautiful art using paint and wax in an exciting resist technique.





SEASONS  OF  FUN


Summer 2012

Ard Aoibhinn, Day Care Centre, Wexford

In September 2012 I completed a mural project with the Activation Unit at Ard Aoibhinn Services, Wexford.The centre provides day services for people with intellectual disability and special needs.

The mural is called 'Seasons of Fun' and depicts the four seasons colourfully represented as the carriages of a train being pulled along by an equally colourful engine. Enhancing the pre-school play area it also helps to further stimulate the imagination and ability of the children who use it to learn through play. The mural, which is 63' long and 6' high, was designed, drawn and painted by adult members of the Activation Unit under my guidance.This project was funded by Wexford County Council's Artists in the Community Scheme. We were also lucky enough to receive paints from DULUX -Let's Color.



The wall before.....

 

 

 

 

 

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       Memories of Home

 

Grantstown is a  Day Care Centre and sheltered housing for the elderly in south Co Wexford. In this project, again funded by Wexford County Council's  Artists in the Community Scheme, we explored creativity through the media of clay, paint and combined materials.The theme - Memories From Home - was chosen as it is something that everyone can identify with and proved a fruitful starting point to investigate memories at different life stages.

We remembered all sorts of things: the toys we played with; pets and farm animals; homebaking; working lives; our families; and much much more.At the same time we learned new skills using clay which were developed and honed over the twentytwo weeks of the project.