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A Magical Place

A Magical Place

On the 29th November the first full-day ‘Sunday Art in the Burren’ saw a group of courageous people braving winds and rain for the pleasure of spending a day painting and print-making. Working with a restricted palette the participants produced some very interesting work in…

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OUTSIDERS

OUTSIDERS

“This is art from beyond the world of art college networks, galleries and critics. The artists who made it, work from their inner vision, something that all good art aspires to but doesn’t always achieve. The artists make it because that it is what they…

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THE SIEGE OF ENNIS

THE SIEGE OF ENNIS

In the closing frames of the documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, writer and musician Nick Cave concludes “In the end I am not interested in that which I fully understand – the words that I have written over the years are just a veneer. There…

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

There are pockets of time in my working day that are very precious to me and I cherish them greatly. It is the time before the starting of any workshop, before the group arrives – either children or adults – in my studio or venues I work…

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A DECLARATION OF LOVE

A DECLARATION OF LOVE

Exactly 30 years ago in the month of February I packed my bags and the tools of my trade, gave notice to my partner in business who gave me a compass in return and left my country for an indefinite amount of time. I was…

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UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGES

UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGES

A friend of mine gave me the gift of a book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a brilliant novel about a timid man in his later years, who discovers that a former friend and colleague is seriously ill. Harold sets out with the intention of…

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FOR THE ANCIENTS

FOR THE ANCIENTS

This year’s theme of Voyages has been explored widely by the Art Group in RehabCare, Dun Laoghaire. Over 8 sessions we have worked intensively surfing the waters of creativity, navigating from island to island, painting those imaginary places and telling their stories. Now that we have reached our…

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Acts of Transformation

Acts of Transformation

“You sound like an artist more than you look like one!” said the boy as he was getting ready to paint. “What does an artist look like?” I enquired. After a moment of hesitation, carefully choosing his words and avoiding references that may be unkind…

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Strange Boats

Strange Boats

KEEP CLOSED AT SEA said the sign on the door of the fishing boat berthed in Howth’s harbour. I took mental note of it feeling it was a coded message of some sort which I had to pay particular attention to, which I did. Those…

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The Illumination of Monks Town ET

The Illumination of Monks Town ET

I was privileged again to be asked back in Monkstown Educate Together Primary School to work with 6th class pupils on their parting gift to the school. This is a well established tradition where every year the children who are leaving to go to secondary…

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