2020 - 2021

Bunscoil Rís Edmund Rice Senior School (New Ross) / St. Mary’s NS (Enniscorthy) / Scoil Naomh Maodhog / St. Teresa’s NS (Gorey)

In 2013, the Living Arts Project was established as an artist-in-residence scheme in primary schools, supporting the existing partnership between the Arts Department of Wexford County Council and Wexford Arts Centre. The aim of this project is to provide children with an understanding and appreciation of contemporary visual art. The Living Arts Project exhibition represents a selection of work produced by the participating primary schools and offers pupils a chance to see their work presented in a professional gallery.

The following artists and schools were selected for this year's programme: artists Caoimhe Dunn and Aoife Banville with Bunscoil Rís Edmund Rice Senior School (New Ross); artists Deirdre Meehan-Buttimer and Nadia Corridan with St. Mary’s NS (Enniscorthy); artists Mary Claire Kehoe and Deirdre Travers with Scoil Naomh Maodhog; and artists Kate Murphy and Rachel Rothwell with St. Teresa’s NS (Gorey).

A mentorship programme ran alongside each residency and each artist nominated an independent artist or curator they felt relevant to their professional practice. This mentorship helped to ensure the effectiveness of the project on an ongoing basis, while also providing a positive critique for the resident artist. In addition, the programme helped to refine methods of engaging with the students throughout each residency. The mentors involved in the 2020-21 project are Clodagh Emoe, Els Dietvorst, Sarah Lincoln, Eamonn Maxwell, Ann Mulrooney, Una Sealy, Louise Shine, and Dominic Thorpe.

The Arts Department of Wexford County Council and Wexford Arts Centre would like to take this opportunity to thank all schools, artists and mentors involved in the project, and the local community for their support and interest in the project to date.

The exhibition will run online from Monday 21st June 2021. If your school is interested in participating in the Living Arts Project 2020-21 please contact Catherine Bowe, Curator on +353 (0)53 9123764 or email catherine@wexfordartscentre.ie.

For further information on Wexford County Council’s full arts programme please visit www.wexfordcoco.ie/arts-and-culture or call 053-9196441 / email arts@wexfordcoco.ie. For further information on Wexford Arts Centre’s full arts programme please visit www.wexfordartscentre.ie or call 053-9123764 / email catherine@wexfordartscentre.ie.

Photography by Frank Abruzzese
Frank Abruzzese: www.frankabruzzese.com or www.cowhousestudios.com

The Living Art Project is funded by the Arts Department of Wexford County Council, The Arts Council and participating schools. The project is administered by Wexford Arts Centre.