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'Guardian Angel' International Award
During the first lockdown of the pandemic I was fortunate enough to be commissioned to create a piece of mosaic art for St Colmcilles Church, County Down, N. Ireland. The resulting work, titled 'Guardian Angel', was installed on site in September 2020. The response from the public and the client to this piece of work has been quite overwhelming and I feel privileged to have been able to add something so positive to the community who use this space. In November I was delighted to be informed that the artwork was a winner in the annual USA based Form-Reform International Arts Competition 2020.
'Art With A Heart' Project
Due to the covid-19 crisis, the studio was forced to shut from the 28th March 2020 for a period of two months. As well as the obvious tragedy that has subsequently unfolded for all those effected by the pandemic, the usual funding streams for many charities have been either wiped out or severely disrupted during this time.
In the summer of 2019 I created a central mosaic table for the 'Relay For Life' charity, an annual event which raises funds for cancer research and helps support survivors of cancer and those individuals and families who have been touched by the illness. With the prospect of the event operating on a reduced basis in the summer of 2020, I decided to start a small fund raising project in April 2020.
I put a call out to all my students past and present, as well as fellow artists, to ask them to create a small 10x10 cm artwork that must contain a heart shape as the main element within the design. Each of the heart artworks were then exhibited via facebook and offered for sale. Those purchasing an artwork were given the opportunity to have the name of a loved one inscribed in memory on the rear of the artwork. The purchased artworks are now assembled into a larger piece, forming a 'patchwork quilt' style artwork. My initial target of €2000, which at the time we would have been delighted to achieve, was surpassed within a week! And, through the creativity and hard work of all those involved the project raised nearly €10,000 in around three weeks. I am extremely grateful for the effort put in by all those involved and it was great to be part of a project that generated so much positivity and community spirit during such challenging times.
At the present time we are obviously unable to come together at exhibitions and events, but I have left some news items below from 2020 to give you an idea of what we normally get up to!!
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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Congratulations to our Lions Club Art Exhibition 2020 Winners and Artists !!
Well done to all students who entered the Lions Club Art Exhibition 2020, 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.
In the adult category both Danny O'Gorman and Mairead Coleman took home well deserved awards. Student Jessica Ruane won the overall youth category award with her study of a woman and Jesse O'Sullivan won the under ten years prize with his vibrant artwork of penguins. The judges also made mention of the stunning artworks by other students and several art students sold works to members of the public. So, all in all, a great success and well done to all those who who took part, especially those who were brave enough to exhibit their artworks for the first time!
Danny O'Gormans prize winning entry, pictured below.
Award winner Mairead Colemans still life
Talented student Jessica Ruane won the overall youth award for her study of a woman reclining.
Prize winner Jesse O'Sulivan pictured below with his colourful penguins artwork.
Wexford Council Mosaic Installed!
After many months of burning the midnight oil, my 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 for many years to come. 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 of maps of the town from one hundred and fifty years ago.
Wexford Council Buildings Mosaic Artworks
Detail from Council Buildings Mosaic Artworks
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 published 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.