In 2021, an open call took place for interested artists and schools to submit expressions of interest to participate in the project. The artists and schools selected were; artists Jeni Roddy and Nadia Corridan with Boolavogue NS (Enniscorthy); artist Deirdre Buttimer and Olivia O’Dwyer with Our Lady of Lourdes NS (Bunclody); artists Rachel Rothwell and Brid Colleton with Scoil Mhuire (Wexford Town); and artists Kate Murphy and Lynn Haughton with Scoil Naomh Abbáin (Adamstown).

A mentorship programme ran alongside each residency and each artist nominates an independent artist or curator they feel is relevant to their professional practice. This mentorship helps 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 helps to refine methods of engaging with the students throughout each residency. The mentors involved in the 2021-22 project were Cathy Fitzgerald, Niamh Flanagan, Kevin Kavanagh, Marilyn Lennon, Ann Mulrooney, Helen O’Shea and Una Sealy.

All residencies began in November 2021 and culminated in an exhibition in participating schools at Wexford in late Spring / early Summer 2022. Pupils participating in the project had the benefit of detailed guidance from the artist over the period of the residency and the opportunity to see their work in an end-of-residency exhibition.


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

For further information on the Living Arts Project please email catherine@wexfordartscentre.ie or alternatively you can visit www.livingartsproject.ie.

For more information on Wexford County Council’s full arts programme please visit https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/arts-and-culture or call 053 9196441/ email arts@wexfordcoco.ie.

2021-2022


Participating Schools

Jeni Roddy

Lead Artist

For 20 years Jeni Roddy has worked as an interdisciplinary artist and designer in collaborations producing live content through the mediums of theatre, film, live event and performance art. Underpinning her work is an interest in the body's performative relationship to socially constructed and natural environments.

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Nadia Corridan

Assistant Artist

Nadia Corridan has a BA Honours from Limerick School of Art & Design. Based in Ballindaggin, County Wexford, she teaches children's art at the Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy. Her work can be seen in The Civic Theatre, Dublin; The Boathouse Gallery, Kinsale; The Gallery - Bell Heather and The Wilds Cafe, Enniscorthy and online her website and social media. In addition, her work is currently on view in the Ulster Museum, Belfast until January 2021.

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Deirdre Meehan-Buttimer

Lead Artist

Deirdre Meehan-Buttimer spent 30 years working in Financial Services before beginning her formal visual arts training in Selskar College, Wexford. Following this, she returned to work intermittently, extending her 4 year honours degree timeframe, and graduated from Wexford School of Art & Design, IT Carlow, in 2016 with 1st Class Honours.

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Olivia O'Dwyer

Assistant Artist

I was born in Limerick, but now live and work in Co. Wexford. My primary focus is painting and drawing. I am most interested in a simple colour palette and image. I instinctively lean towards an object /figure against an amorphous background. I am interested in 'Bad Painting' A purposely raw style of painting developed in the 1970’s, where the idea and the immediacy of the work is most important.

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Rachel Rothwell

Lead Artist

Born in Wexford, Rachel Rothwell studied ceramics at the Limerick School of Art and Design, graduating in 2012. In 2013 she spent 12 months in South Korea, where she was an active member of both the Daejeon Arts Collective and the Professional Artist Network Korea (PANK), exhibiting regularly around the country.

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Brid Colleton

Assistant Artist

My practice involves creating mostly abstract works primarily through printmaking, painting, drawing and textiles. Some pieces are made purely through printmaking while others explore the interplay between all these processes.

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Kate Murphy

Lead Artist

Kate was born in Dublin but now lives and works in Co. Wexford. She graduated from the National College of Art & Design in 2000 with an honours degree in Fine Art, Sculpture. In 2006, 2007 and 2009, she had solo exhibitions with Stone Gallery, Dublin. Kate's fourth solo exhibition entitled The Good Room was in Wexford Arts Centre in 2011. Talbot Gallery in Dublin hosted This is the Point of Contact in October 2013.

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Lynn Haughton

Assistant Artist

Passionate about the great outdoors and about protecting it, Irish Designer, Lynn Haughton founded the multi-award winning community organisation The Upcycle Movement in 2012 to promote and inspire a rethinking of what we consider as waste - recognising this as a positive way to keep items out of landfill and contribute to a circular economy. On a mission to design solutions to combat textile pollution, Lynn provides new function to otherwise redundant materials, proving 'It's only waste if we waste its potential'.

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