SUMMER ART PROGRAMME
LET'S MAKE MUSIC
Ferns Dioscesan Youth Service / Community Based Drugs Initiative
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.