Curated by artist & educator Naomi Draper, Gallery X: ED is working with art teachers & secondary schools from across the county to develop a really progressive approach to introducing students to contemporary visual art throughout the academic year. Through visits to the Roscommon Arts Centre gallery and specifically designed workshops, the programme will support the existing leaving cert art curriculum.
Participating schools in 2017/2018 are: Roscommon Community College, CBS Roscommon & Abbey Community College, Boyle.
Our lead workshop facilitators are:
Visual Artist Maree Hensey. Her practice encompasses drawing, sculpture and installation where material is an integral component. She use materials that are rich in associations and investigate ways to transform them, often projecting new identities and layers of meaning onto the work in doing so. Over the past number of years she has completed several Public Art Commissions, Site Specific Installations and Community Based Participatory Art projects. She works in many ways as an object maker, enquirer, researcher, collator, and mentor. She challenges and question decisions and work beyond conventional boundaries.
Andy Parsons is co-founder of Floating World Artists Books, he also curates and also writes for VAI. His work includes drawing painting sculpture and books. Recent works have all centred on using a raft as a floating drawing board to make large scale drawings on the lakes and sea near Sligo. Recent group exhibitions include NCAD Gallery, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, The Model Sligo and the A.P.T Gallery in London. Andy is the recipient of a major award by the Pollock Krasner Foundation in the U.S. aimed at developing and sustaining his practice as an artist.
Claire Halpin is a visual artist, curator and facilitator based in Dublin and has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in Ireland and internationally including in 2018 – EVA – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, Limerick. She was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Savills Art Prize at VUE 2018 and is represented by Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin. Working in a range of media from traditional icon painting through to oil painting, drawing, constructions and video – Claire creates hybrid landscapes and scenes which reference the aesthetic of news media, gaming, Early Renaissance and Byzantine painting.
As a facilitator, Claire works with groups in a range of contexts including arts in education, museum, gallery, health, public art projects, community based projects and is currently working on the DCC Visual Thinking Strategies Neighbourhood Schools Project. Facilitating workshops for over 20 years has afforded her valuable experience which she continually uses to evaluate and contribute to the ever unfolding process of creativity and development within collaborative and participatory projects and within her own artistic practice.