2022-2023

 

The Arts Department of Wexford County Council and Wexford Arts Centre are delighted to continue the Living Arts Project and work with Wexford artists and primary schools throughout 2022-23.

The Arts Department of Wexford County Council in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre are delighted to announce this year’s successful artists and schools for this year’s Living Arts Project. The aim of the Living Arts Project is to provide children with an understanding and appreciation of contemporary visual art. Selected primary schools have the opportunity to host an artist in residence during the school year.

Early in 2022, 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 are: Deirdre Meehan-Buttimer and Fernanda Ferrari with Castledockrell NS (Enniscorthy), Kate Murphy and Brid Colloton with St. Edan’s NS (Ferns, Enniscorthy), Jeni Roddy and Lynn Haughton with Scoil Mhuire (Rosslare), and Sonya Weston with Deirdre Travers with St. Patrick’s NS (Crossabeg).

A mentorship programme runs 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.

All residencies will begin in the Autumn and culminate in an exhibition in participating schools at Wexford in late Spring 2023. Pupils participating in the project have 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 in the schools.

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 www.wexford.ie/arts or call 053 9196441/ email arts@wexfordcoco.ie.


Participating Schools

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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Fernanda Ferrari

Assistant Artist

Fernanda Ferrari is a visual storyteller, arts facilitator and performer passionate about creating stories that awaken the inner child within people. With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp/Brazil), Fernanda’s practice is focused on cultural and social contexts, exploring creativity as a tool of personal and social transformation.

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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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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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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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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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Sonya Weston

Lead Artist

Based in Wexford, Sonya Weston graduated in 2019 from IT Carlow Wexford Campus School of Art and Design. Sonya’s specialist areas of research are in social inclusion, socially engaged art practices and other creative projects that empower communities. Her multi- disciplinary practice includes photography, film, print, sculpture and installation.  Sonya’s artworks have been exhibited in Lismore Castle Arts as part of Origins 2019, Wexford Arts Centre, Creative Hub Wexford and other public sites around Wexford town.

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Deirdre Travers

Assistant Artist

Deirdre Buggy is a Wexford-based artist.  She received a first-class Degree (Hons) in Art & Design in 2018 at Carlow I.T. Wexford Campus School of Art. She is a multidisciplinary artist who works in print, photography, film and has had live performances at Wexford Art Centre, K-Fest, RHA Dublin, Hook Lighthouse, and the Creative Hub (Wexford) for Culture Night.  

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