Don't forget the learning continues outside the studio! Over the coming months there will be plenty of fun events to encourage you to showcase your talents, set new goals, get to know fellow students, and have some craic along the way!
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Wexford Council Mosaic Installed!
After many months of burning the midnight oil, my recently completed mosaic artworks for the newly refurbished Wexford Borough Council Building in Wexford Town have been installed. I am extremely pleased with the result and delighted to have the opportunity to display the mosaic artworks on the site at the Bull Ring in the heart of Wexford Town. The response to these pieces has been overwhelming and I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to create something that shall hopefully be part of the aesthetic fabric of the center of Wexford. The mosaics on the facade of the upper floors of the building depict scenes from Wexfords past and culture. The two larger scale pieces on the ground floor are abstract renderings
To celebrate ten years of teaching art classes from my Drinagh Studio, we put on an exhibition of students works in the fabulous Greenacres Gallery in Wexford Town during March 2018. Commissions from artwork sales and other fund raising activities during the show were donated to our two charities, GROW Ireland and the Wexford Rape Crisis Centre. Despite our exhibition opening being rescheduled due to the record breaking snow fall in late February, the delayed opening night was a huge success. Just under 400 people attended on the night, and the opening guest speakers, author John Lonergan and Brendan Ennis of Wexford Enterprise Centre, did a superb job entertaining all those present. Almost 300 artworks were displayed by artists from 6 to 85 years old, and a very respectable €5,774 was raised for charity. My sincere thanks go to the organising committee, James O'Connor of Greenacres and his ever helpful staff, and all the artists who contributed, helped, encouraged, and publicised the event, without whom it would not have been possible.
Congratulations to our Lions Club Art Exhibition Winners and Artists !!
Well done to all students who entered the Lions Club Art Exhibition, in Wexford Arts Centre. The standard was higher than ever. Putting your artworks 'out there' on public display for the first time can be daunting, but it can also be extremely rewarding. And, some of you were rewarded! Congratulations to all of you who won prizes, merit awards, special mention from the judges, and to those who sold works.
Student Darragh O'Connel, who took the overall prize in the exhibition, won an award for his entry, pictured below. The judges also made special mention of Bláithín Dwyers wonderfully executed portrait. Nicky Codd was delighted with a prize for his colourful sea scene, and in the Young Artist category Caitlin Rudd won an award for her vibrant portrait.
Student Darragh O'Connel, who took the overall prize in the 2015 exhibition, won a 2016 award for his entry, pictured below.
The judges made special mention of Bláithín Dwyers wonderfully executed portrait .
Prize winner Nicky Codd pictured below with his colourful sea scene
In the young artist category Caitlin Rudd received an award for her vibrant painting.
Mosaic Commission and Irish Times VideoInterview
I installed a commissioned mosaic artwork for St Colmcilles Church, Holywood, in December 2016. On completing this project I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by the Irish Times in relation to my work. This resulted in an article in the Irish Times and a video interview for broadcast. The video and newspaper article can be viewed by clicking on the button below which will take you to the relevant section in Irish Times website.