The current workshop has 11 local volunteers working towards a collaborative artwork with a view to holding an interim exhibition mid june. We have completed 4 workshops to date which were research based utilising as many recycled mixed products as possible. The group are currently stock piling specific household papers and products for further use.
ARTHOUSE AWARD WINNER EXPLORES CREATIVE RECYCLING
Vera McEvoy from Celbridge, Co. Kildare has been awarded the Arthouse Studio NCAD Graduate Award 2011.
During her residency at the Arthouse Vera will explore, with a small group of local volunteers, how creativity and recycling can help reclaim identity and bring skills and confidence back into Irish society. In weekly workshops participants will work with waste and recycled materials to create artworks using the media of video, sculpture, craft, design and print. The results will be exhibited in a collaborative installation. The group will ensure that the spaces for this exhibition resonate with the material content of the work. In this way, Vera aims to show the relevance of art, design and craft to participants’ lives.
The project will investigate the shifting perspective of the artist as she moves from central creator to catalyst, developing the arts of listening and storytelling. Vera believes that ‘relationship and engagement with society lie at the heart of contemporary art and can facilitate social change. This award will raise awareness and appreciation of art to a wide range of social demographics. It will enhance both participants’ and my own creative and spiritual growth. Making art is profoundly emotional for me. It expresses hope and proposes an alternative way of living that challenges both me and my society.’
Vera McEvoy can be contacted at stradballyarthouse.wordpress.com or 00353 862584367